About The Netherlands
The Netherlands stands out for its great inventiveness, its problem-solving attitude and its openness to the world. Studying in the Netherlands offers you the space to be a pioneer, be creative and get connected.
Holland has proven to be a true pioneer for discovering inventive solutions to everyday problems. The way the Dutch created a large part of the country by reclaiming land from the sea shows their pragmatic approach to living below sea level. We can also see this approach when it comes to education. For a small country like Holland, an international orientation is a must to be a successful competitor in our increasingly internationalised world. Holland was also the first country on the European continent to offer courses taught in English.
The creative sector in Holland is world famous for its innovative ideas and ground-breaking Dutch design. It is perhaps because of the Dutch way of teaching that creativity has acclaimed such an important role in Dutch society. As a student you are challenged to solve problems with an out-of-the-box approach and work together in case studies to gather and share knowledge.
Being a small country, Holland is open to the world and to surrounding countries. Cooperating with other countries is key to being successful for the Dutch. When it comes to making the Netherlands home, international students and staff discover a country whose legacy of global trade and tolerance of different cultures makes settling in particularly easy - one of the reasons why the country is home today to no less than 160 different nationalities.
The Netherlands or Holland?
The Netherlands is a kingdom. Its official name is the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It consists of the Netherlands itself and the six islands of Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles in the Caribbean Sea.
The country's name in Dutch is Nederland, meaning 'low country' and referring to the fact that much of the land is at or below sea level.
The Netherlands is often called 'Holland', a name that is derived from the names of the two western coastal provinces, North and South Holland, that were the most developed and wealthiest parts of the country in the seventeenth century and played a dominant role in the country's history.