Netherland is also known as Holland. It is located in North Western Europe, low-Lying country, the name Holland was originally given to one of the medieval cores of what later became the modern state and is still used for two of its provinces It is Noord -Holland and Zuid -Holland. A parliamentary democracy under a constitutional Monarch the Kingdom includes its former colonies. The capital is Amsterdam and the seat of government the Hague.

The country is remarkably flat, with large expanses of lakes, rivers, and canals. Some 2500 Square Miles (6500 Square KM)of the Netherlands consist of reclaimed land, the result of a process of careful water management dating back to ancient times. The coasts, land was reclaimed from the sea, and in the interior, lakes and marshes were drained, alongside the many rivers. All this new land was turned into Polders, usually surrounded by dikes. Man power and horsepower were used to drain the land, however, they were later replaced by Windmills, such as the mill network at Kinderdijk- elshout. It is at present Enesco world heritage site .The largest water control schemes were carried out in the second half of the 19th century and in the 20th century, when came into use steam pumps and, later electric or diesel pumps .

 The Netherlands is a part of the kingdom of the Netherlands
 The capital of the Netherlands is Amsterdam
 The population of over 17 Million people speak Dutch
 On Texel, there are more sheep than people
 Nearly one-third of the Netherlands lies below sea level

Higher Education in Netherlands

In the Netherlands higher education is subsidized by the government and helps to keep tuition costs below that of the main educational destinations. The qualifications will increase your career prospects as well as how you as an out of the box thinker. The Dutch is a welcoming nation of broadminded people and you will find a very diverse culture in most cities and their universities.

Sri Lankans can apply short stay visa for the Netherlands but cannot do this at the Dutch embassy in Colombo. You can apply for this type of visa at the embassy of Switzerland and it uses the service of visa facilities Centre VFS global to handle visa requests. There are a lot of reasons to study in Netherlands as an international student.

• Netherlands is the first non English speaking country to offer study programs conducted in English
• The study programs are specially designed to suit the educational requirements of international students who favour Netherlands.
• Netherlands, due to its strategic central location in Europe is considered to be ‘the gateway to Europe.
• All famous capital cities of member countries in the Europe union are within easy reach
• Paris, Berlin ,Brussels and London are all situated within an hour’s flight from the Dutch capital Amsterdam.

List of Netherland Universities

1. University of Amsterdam
2.Utrecht University
3.University of Groningen
4.Erasmus University
5.Leiden University
6.Radboud university
7.University of Twente
8.Vrije University Amsterdam

Annual tuition fees:

For Non EU Students approximately Euro 14000-18000 for a year

Housing cost

Students usually do not live on campus however, have their own room living as close as possible to their university town since Holland does not have campus accommodation and finding good reasonably priced accommodation can be a problem.

Rent and Bills

Prior to take on a room, make sure you check what bills are included in the rent and an average room in Holland costs around Euro 300 a month.


A cup of Tea Euro 2,a Sandwich Euro 3, Dinner in a typical student restaurant Euro 10, bus ticket cost around Euro 1,60 for a single fare in the city.

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