Living in the Netherlands

You probably know the Netherlands (or Holland) for its tulips, although that’s not likely to be very relevant to you. There’s so much more to tell! The Netherlands, or Holland, has more than 17 million inhabitants. It is one of the smallest countries in Europe, but has one of the most important and most innovative economies. Even though Amsterdam is the capital, Rotterdam is the country’s second largest city. “A well organised country with open people”, is what internationals say. Nice to know: the Netherlands was the first country in Europe to offer study programs taught in English. English is an important language in other ways too. So it’s not a problem if you can’t order your drinks in Dutch: the bartender will switch to English for you anytime. Simple! 

Why study in the Netherlands? 
Besides guaranteeing a high-quality study program and an internationally recognised degree, the Netherlands offers you a good time. It’s safe and everything is close by and there are various ways of transport. After a few weeks, you’ll be doing everything by bike, eating sandwiches for lunch and saying ‘gezellig’ (try to pronounce that typical Dutch word!) when you’re meeting your friends. You’re welcome in the Netherlands! 

Advantages of studying in the Netherlands 
Students acknowledge Dutch education for its quality, high standards and top ranking positions. But most importantly: professors and teachers take you, your ideas and your contribution seriously. They are very approachable and encourage you to develop critical and independent thinking. This will prove its worth during the rest of your career and life. 

When coming to the Netherlands, it’s important to find a nice place to stay. International students who require accommodation during their program can be assisted by the International Office of the EUR and the Erasmus MC. You can contact the International Office easily through WhatsApp, e-mail, phone and social media. You can find more information regarding housing at the EUR website and the Erasmus MC website. 

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