The thermostat, the fire hose, the meat slicer, the electric shaver, the camera projector all have origins in the Netherlands. And don’t you dare think Dutch engineers stopped there! The engineering industry has been and continues to be a world innovator that you simply cannot ignore if you plan to study Engineering.
We know some list is not going to be enough to convince you. After all, choosing a country to do a Bachelor’s is at least a three-year commitment and you need to weigh all your options very well. But we are also committed. Committed to showing you why a Bachelor’s in Engineering in the Netherlands is worth it.
1. Engineering branches you should study in the Netherlands
Getting down to business, if you want to be really smart about your Bachelor's in the Netherlands, you should pick one of the following 5 specialisations:
- General Engineering is always a good place to start. This Bachelor’s programme will give you a comprehensive outline of most Engineering areas and qualify you for working in fields like building and product development.
- Civil Engineering is a good option for those of you who are interested in infrastructure design and construction. Your mission as a civil engineer will be to protect public and environmental health.
- Industrial Engineering focuses on more complex systems and processes and involves studying how to integrate different systems such as people, money, equipment, and energy materials.
- If you are passionate about Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, a Bachelor’s programme in Robotics will do the trick. You will learn to develop software and robots from scratch.
- Last but not least, a degree in Electrical Engineering will open pathways for you to work in big industries like digital technologies, telecommunications, media and broadcasting.
These study programmes are 3 or 4 years long and combine theory with practice (work placement), to better prepare you for entering the job market.
2. Engineering schools in the Netherlands offer quality Bachelors
Most Dutch universities that offer Engineering degrees are nationally and internationally acknowledged as top educational institutions. Want to know which have the best Engineering Bachelors? No problemo!
- Delft University of Technology
- Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)
- University of Amsterdam
- University of Twente
- University of Groningen
3. The Netherlands is a student-friendly country
The Netherlands is known as a student-friendly country. Although we know you’ll be studying, we also know student life is about the fun outside classes, too.
As an international student, you are very likely to feel more at home in the Netherlands than in many other places thanks to the multicultural student environment. For example, in 2018-2019 the Netherlands hosted over 85,000 international students.
4. The Netherlands is affordable for international students
Sure, we can’t say the Netherlands is the cheapest country in the world, but study and living expenses won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Students there spend about 800 - 1,200 EUR/month.
Not sure if you can afford it? There are also scholarship options and a variety of English-taught programmes, including for Bachelors in Engineering. After you finish your studies, you can return to your country or work wherever you want in the EU.
Additionally, the Dutch government has just reduced taxes for Bachelor's programmes. If you are from an EU/EEA country or Suriname and you start studying a Bachelor’s at a public university in the Netherlands in 2020, you will only pay half of the tuition fee in the first year. This means that for the first year of studies your fee will only be 1,030 EUR.
If we caught your eye and you want to know more, you can find more about studying in the Netherlands.
5. The Netherlands has great employment options
Engineering is a very well-developed field in the Netherlands, with branches from robotics to building design, from sustainable development to aeronautics. To put it shortly, Engineering has become very important in the modern world and the Dutch know it.
This small European Union state is a global leader in producing (from design to manufacturing) high-tech equipment and products. It stands to reason that there are many employment options, and you won’t be pounding the pavement.
Here are some of the most popular engineering jobs and the average salaries in the Netherlands, based on data from Glassdoor:
- Electrical Engineer - 53,100 EUR/year
- Civil Engineer - 70,300 EUR/year
- Industrial Engineer - 50,100 EUR/year
- Systems Engineer - 56,900 EUR/year
- Project Engineer - 55,800 EUR/year
The Netherlands is also a strong supporter of public and private research and open innovation. So, you might be able to find companies and institutions to take you on board as a trainee or employee even while you are still studying.
As with any new experience, studying Engineering abroad might be challenging, but it is worthwhile. Who knows what you'll invent next in a country where Engineering is key?