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The Netherlands

In The Netherlands there are Universities that offer Applied Science Programs and others that specialize in Research. Also, most study programs are offered in English.

The criteria for admission to higher education in The Netherlands vary according to the program of studies that interest each applicant. Most programs require an English language test. In case the applicant does not meet the admission criteria for an undergraduate level study program, there are preparatory programs which are not offered at every university. Sometimes additional external exams are required but this mainly depends on the study program.

Due to the limited number of places on offer and the large number of people interested in securing a place in Medicine, a lottery system has been set up. A certain percentage of available places can be given directly by the university to specific students (e.g. to students with high marks). Compulsory subjects for Medicine are Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. When it comes to paramedic degree programs, it depends a lot on the type of degree program. For example, for Physiotherapy the admission criteria include a High School Leaving Certificate and the IELTS English language test with a minimum passing grade of 6.0.

As far as Master's studies are concerned, in the event that the admission criteria are not met, the interested party can often do a pre-master's course during which the necessary courses are taught in order to prepare for the master's program.

Although the time frames are not the same, most of the time the application deadline is the first of May. However, those interested are encouraged to start the process at least half a year before the start of the semester (e.g. to start the process of translating some documents which can be time-consuming). Each university has its own admission criteria.

Tuition fees range from approximately 2,300 euros per year for Undergraduate and Postgraduate study programs (with some exceptions).

Few universities in Τhe Netherlands have residence halls. Usually students rent a room or apartment in the city. The university can offer assistance to students regarding accommodation. The cost of living ranges from 800-1000 euros per month (including accommodation, food security, etc.). For the big cities (eg Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht) a slightly higher cost of living is calculated.

The Netherlands maintain health insurance agreements with other countries (all EU countries and Switzerland). Therefore, if the student concerned is from an EU country and is studying in The Netherlands, without working or being on a paid qualification/internship, then he/she is covered by the national policy applicable in his/her country for Health Insurance. Despo Kyrmitsi, BSc, MA Career and Vocational Guidance Consultant

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