The thermostat, the fire hose, the meat slicer, the electric shaver, the camera projector all have origins in the Netherlands. And don’t you think Dutch engineers stopped there. The engineering industry has been and continues to be a world innovator that you simply cannot ignore if plan on studying Engineering.
We know some list is not going to be enough to convince you. After all, choosing a country to do a Bachelor’s means 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.
The perks of being an engineer in the Netherlands
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 Netherlands knows it. And studying Engineering there has a lot of incentives to get you on board:
- You have good employment prospects everywhere in the world
- You have a good chance of having a high entry-level salary
- You will always be in demand
- You will do something that helps people
- You will be part of a creative industry that is the at the forefront of future technologies
Engineering branches you should study in the Netherlands
Getting down to business, if you want to be really smart about your Bachelor's in Netherlands you should pick one of the following 5 specialisations:
- A degree in General Engineering is always a good place to start. Such a Bachelor’s programme will give you a comprehensive outline of most engineering areas and qualify you for working in areas 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. Right now, there are at least 8 available Bachelor programmes in Electrical Engineering in Netherlands, taught in English.
These study programmes are typically 4-years long and combine theory with practice (work placement), to better prepare you for entering the job market.
The top reasons to study Engineering in the Netherlands
Netherlands offers quality Bachelor programmes in Engineering
Most of Dutch universities that offer Engineering degrees are nationally and internationally acknowledged as top educational institutions. 13 Dutch universities rank among the top 200 universities in the world. Want to know which have top Engineering Bachelors? No problemo!
- Engineering at HANZE University of Applied Sciences;
- Engineering at University of Twente;
- Engineering at University of Groningen;
- Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)
Netherlands is a student-friendly country
The Netherlands is known to be a student-friendly country. Although we know you’ll be studying, we also know student life is about the fun outside classes, too.
As a foreign student, you are very likely to feel more at home in the Netherlands than in many other places because of the multicultural student environment. For example, in 2016-2017 the Netherlands hosted 112,000 international students. And those studying engineering represented a third of them.
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 go work wherever you want in the EU.
Plus, the Dutch government has just reduced taxes for Bachelor's programmes. If you are from a EU/EEA country or Suriname and you start studying a Bachelor’s at a public university in Netherlands in 2018-2019, 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 want to know more, you can find more about studying in Netherlands here.
Netherlands has great post-grad employment options
We already told you that Engineering is big in Netherlands. But how big? you might ask. Here are just a few facts to illuminate you:
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.
- Salary of an Engineer in the Netherlands: 42,246 EUR/ year
The Netherlands is a strong supporter of public-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 in Netherlands might be challenging, but it is worth giving it a shot. Who knows what you'll invent next in a country where Engineering is key?