Once you have decided on a study program you will need to start arranging a number of study abroad essentials. The sooner you do so, the better. There are many different things you need to take care of prior to departure. The most important are: scholarships, accommodation, visa and medical insurance. You might want to work along side your studies in the Netherlands, to earn some extra money. Here are some pointers to get you on the right study abroad track.
There are a great many scholarships available to international students. Most scholarships cover tuition and basic living expenses. In order to pay for room rent, food, drinks, books etc you will need around 800 to 1000 Euros a month. Students from the EU are in some cases entitled to scholarships in the form of a grant or a loan from the Dutch government.
If you want to apply for a scholarship you will need to have picked a study program that you like. You will also need to have submitted an application for admission to that particular program. With your admission letter you can apply for a range of scholarships. Most scholarship applications include writing a statement of motivation. In this motivation letter you need to explain why you should be awarded a scholarship. Most scholarships are awarded on a merit and need basis. This means that you need good marks on your high school diploma or academic track record. In addition you should be able to convince the scholarship board that it would be impossible for you to study without any addition funds.
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Nice and affordable accommodation is not always easy to find. Do contact the university shortly after admission for information on accommodation possibilities. Most universities in the Netherlands offer accommodation services. You could also try contacting local student associations for information on where to live and how much to pay.
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Citizens from most countries outside the EU/EEA will need a visa to enter the Netherlands for study purposes. Your visa is issued by the Immigration Department. If you want to work in the Netherlands a work permit is often required. Obtaining a visa can take some time, so start making arrangements in time. Do ask your university for info and assistance in obtaining a visa.
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Everybody who is living or staying in the Netherlands must have an adequate medical insurance, covering basic medical costs. This also applies to international students. There are several types of medical insurance. Which one is applicable to you depends on your personal situation.
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Working alongside your studies is a great way to get know Dutch society better. In addition you will be able to earn some extra money. Since 2010 it has also become easier for international graduates to stay and look for work after their studies.
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International students in the Netherlands may need to contact their embassy, consulate or official representation for a new passport or other legal related issues. On educationfair.nl you will find an overview of nearly all the embassies in the Netherlands.
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