The Netherlands is known for having several days of rain throughout the year, but this spring 2021 has been surprisingly rainier for the Dutch. Nonetheless, sunny, warmer days are expected from this Friday, 28 May, and people are looking forward to welcoming the beginning of the summer season.
Living in the Netherlands
If you are an international student or newly graduated, starting a business in the Netherlands offers an alternative to searching for a job. This option was unpacked this week in a webinar hosted by Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences for current and prospective students who had lots of business ideas already.
With the Netherlands earning a third of its gross domestic product (GDP) from foreign trade, internationalisation in its education sector is of paramount importance. This is according to Peter Potman from the Dutch ministry of foreign affairs who was interviewed by Nuffic, the Dutch organisation for the promotion of higher education in the Netherlands. "Dutch companies need people with international experience. If the Netherlands wants to be counted in the world, it needs to internationalise its education," said Potman, acting director-general of foreign economic affairs at the ministry.
Over 60% of Chinese bachelor's and around half of Chinese master's degree graduates still live in the Netherlands three years after receiving their diplomas, a new report by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) states. And around 43% of Chinese PhD graduates are still in the Netherlands 10 years after the end of their PhD contracts. This is around 10 percentage points higher than the stay rate of the average international PhD student in the Netherlands, the quarterly Internationalisation Monitor, commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has found.
Despite many of us leaving the Netherlands for our Summer holidays, there are still quite a few that will be enjoying the beautiful, predictable weather that the Netherlands has to offer. With that in mind, there are many things you can do this summer. Don’t worry, an average student budget will constantly be considered in each activity I find for this article.
You have arrived– an international student in the Netherlands. Next stop, getting a bicycle because everyone has one and it will look so cute on your Instagram feed. But hold on, learning to cycle like a native can be harder than it looks.
Just because the Dutch government is tolerant on soft drugs like cannabis, does not mean you get a free pass!
What does it take to start a business in the Netherlands? We asked Wittenborg's business development advisor, Ben Prins, for a few tips.
Which European countries are the best choices for international students wanting to study full-time degrees abroad? The Netherlands makes the Top 5.