Irish Students Loving It (and tell you why)
Written on Sunday, 30 April 2017 19:46

Irish Students Reaping The Benefit Of Studying in Dutch Universities of Applied Sciences

 

Eight Dutch Universities of Applied Sciences are in Cork (17th May) Register here for Cork and Dublin (18th May) Register here for Dublin. A great chance to discover more about low-cost, high-quality employment-focused opportunities for studying in the Netherlands. Meet Irish students currently studying there, This is what they have to say:

Mind-blowing, Groningen is an experience beyond what i imagined……From a old house in the hills of Ireland, Groningen is a city of varied culture, incredible experiences, fast pace, freedom, independence and challenges.

Tina Geoghegan, Hanze UAS (Fine Art)

I would repeat my decision to move to the Netherlands a thousand times over, best choice I ever made. What I love about studying over here, is that conversations are about politics, current affairs, philosophy and so on. When I go back to Dublin, my friends have been doing the same thing everyday, and conversation can be dull and repetitive. I am not saying that Irish students are stupid, but when you go to a new European city you realise how big the world is and how competitive it is. You either smarten up, or risk been left behind
Danny Ryan, Hague UAS (European Studies)

People often ask me why is it that I decided to come abroad instead of doing my studies in Ireland. Well the answer is simple; the Netherlands offered an affordable, high-quality education which combined both theory and practice and handed me the opportunity to travel and learn throughout my studies. In addition to all that, while my time here so far has been challenging, that I cannot deny, overall it has been both an exciting and inspiring adventure which has opened many doors and one which I know for sure will open many more in the future.
Jason O’Dwyer,
Rotterdam Business School (International Business)

Danny Ryan, Hague UAS European Studies

I wanted to learn more languages, and to live abroad whilst improving my business skills and IBL in HZ provided me with the perfect opportunity to fulfil these wishes. At the end of this course I hope to be able to speak five languages to a high level, plus lots of other languages I have started to learn from my international friends.
Rory Clarke, HZ UAS (Intl Business & Languages)

Living away from home I have learned to become so much more independent. Since the university is situated in a great area in Europe, you are open to many opportunities to travel. In addition, The Netherlands for me has worked out to be cheaper than studying back home in Ireland. I really enjoyed the opportunity to perform in a real physiotherapy clinic in first year as it confirmed my love for the profession. Over the past year I have thoroughly enjoyed student life in The Netherlands.
Ciara McKenna, Saxion UAS (Physiotherapy)

Ciara McKenna, Saxion UAS Physiotherapy

The surprise on the faces of people when I tell them I study in Holland is not unusual. More often than not I get asked the question “why study abroad and why Holland?”. Studying abroad is a very unusual concept in Ireland although I do believe the amount of young people leaving Ireland to study is increasing. My answer is “why not?”. The list of reasons why studying abroad is endless and is one of the greatest experiences of your life. I was sold on the idea of studying at Stenden University after attending the Higher Options in the RDS and listening to a presentation by EUNiCAS. I moved to the Netherlands, the following year, feeling both excited and nervous. Everything was so structured and put together so well that the transition was extremely easy. I had no problem with settling in as everyone was so nice, not only in the college but also the city itself. I was completely surprised with how much I have enjoyed student life in the Netherlands. It is a completely different experience form Ireland. For example, going out is not the same at all. In Ireland going out is a big event whereas here its very relaxed and very enjoyable.

The college itself is quite different from the average college or university in Ireland. Firstly, the college offers a lot of support to their students. As an international student they understand that it can be difficult to adjust to a new system and new surroundings so teachers are very helpful and approachable if you have a problem. The classes are much smaller. Their method of learning is known as PBL which stands for problem based learning. Its a great way to learn and focuses on real world experiences meaning you get a taste of what work would actually be like after your studies. What initially impressed me about Stenden University was that they didn't ask me how many points I had or was aiming for, they asked me what my motivation was, what I was passionate about and why I wanted to go to Stenden. Is this not what its all about?

Emily McGrath , Stenden UAS (Hotel Management)


Emily McGrath, Stenden UAS


 
Application deadline1st May for many programmes in Dutch Research Universities
Written on Sunday, 30 April 2017 19:46

1st May Application Deadline For Many Programmes in Dutch Research Universities

The application deadline for many programmes at Dutch Research Universities is a week today (1st May). There is still plenty of time to apply but make sure that these universities receive your application documents by the time this deadline passes!! The Dutch Research Universities are expecting to have over a thousand Irish students enrolled on their programmes from September 2017!


Included in the programmes  with a 1st May deadline (and this only a selection from those available) are the following:

Actuarial Science
U. Amsterdam
Artificial Intelligence
Raboud U.
Tilburg U.
U. Groningen
Arts, Culture & Media
U. Groningen
Arts & Culture
Erasmus U.
U. Maastricht (recommended, though applications can be considered until 31 July)
Radboud U
Automotive Engineering
TU Eindhoven
Biomedical Sciences
U. Maastricht (recommended, though applications can be considered until 31 July)
Business
U. Groningen
Chemistry
Radboud U
Communication
U. Amsterdam
Computer Science
TU Eindhoven
U. Groningen
VU Amsterdam
Electrical Engineering
TU Eindhoiven
English Literature
VU Amsterdam
European Languages
U. Groningen
History
Erasmus U.
U. Utrecht
International Law
Tilburg U.
U. Groningen
U. Maastricht (recommended, though applications can be considered until 31 July)
International Relations
Leiden U
Liberal Arts & Sciences
U. Groningen
Maths
U. Groningen
Molecular Life Sciences
Radboud U
Physics
U. Groningen
Psychology
Leiden U.
Tilburg U.
VU Amsterdam
Science
U. Maastricht

Contact us for support in your applications This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it There are still some programmes at Research Universities, as well as most programmes at Universities of Applied Sciences, where you can apply after 1st May.


 

 


 
Meet Dutch Applied Universities in Ireland
Written on Sunday, 30 April 2017 19:46

In response to the increasing interest of Irish students in taking up the many opportunities to study, through English, in the Netherlands, seven of the Dutch Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) are visiting Cork and Dublin in May. These universities offer programmes in:

Physiotherapy
Game Design
Business
Law
European Studies
IT
Engineering
Art & Design
Primary School Teaching
Hotel Management
Life Sciences
Music
Music & Media Management
and many more (including the possibility that Nursing degrees will be available in the Netherlands, taught through English, from 2018,

The Dutch Gateway events are evening events, commencing at 18.30, though students (and their families) are welcome to come later, and comprise:

18.30 – 19.30 Opportunity to meet universities 1:1 in a mini-exhibition
19.30 – 20.45 Presentations on Studying in the Netherlands
(inc Q & A session with universities and Irish students currently studying in the Netherlands)
20.45 – 21.30 Further opportunities to engage 1:1 with universities

The following universities will be attending: Hague UAS, HAN UAS, Hanze UAS, HZ UAS, InHolland UAS, Rotterdam Business School, Saxion UAS and Stenden UAS

Book for Cork here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/dutch-gateways-to-employment-cork-tickets-32495276246
Book for Dublin here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/dutch-gateways-to-employment-dublin-tickets-32495570125


Programmes in the UAS are overtly employment-focused with a much more practical, hands-on, project-based style than the more academic programmes at research universities. The UAS programmes usually include one or two internships. Irish students on these programmes are enjoying an approach to education that, though less academic and more practical, is still very high in quality.

Entry requirements are reasonable – 6 passes at Leaving Cert (2 at H4 or 2 ot H5): reflecting students’ right to an education in mainland Europe and sidestepping the need to obsess about Leaving Cert points. Importantly, students with a relevant QQI/FETAC Level 5 qualification qualify for degree programmes at UAS.

Tuition fees are low: Eur 2006 p.a., with a 35-year low-interest loan form the Dutch government, to pay these fees. There are other loans/grants available for living expenses. Also, if you qualify for a SUSI Maintenance Grant, you can take it with you. This all ensures that it is often less expensive to study in the Netherlands, than in Ireland.

So, if you are interested in a programme that directly prepares you for the employment markets of the 21st century, programmes which you have the right to join and can afford to attend, it is certainly worth considering the Universities of Applied Sciences.

Book for Cork here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/dutch-gateways-to-employment-cork-tickets-32495276246
Book for Dublin here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/dutch-gateways-to-employment-dublin-tickets-32495570125


 
Application Deadline Imminent For Some Programmes in the Netherlands
Written on Sunday, 30 April 2017 19:46

Application Deadline Imminent For Some Programmes in the Netherlands

There are just under 300 undergraduate programmes, taught through English in the Netherlands. Note that the application deadlines for nearly 20 of the programmes are imminent. The application deadline for the following programmes is 15th January 2017:

Aerospace Engineering
TU Delft

Economics & Business Economics
U. Maastricht

Fashion
Amsterdam UAS

Game Design
NHTV Breda

International Business
Erasmus U.
U. Maastricht
U. Tilburg
VU Amsterdam

International Relations
U. Groningen

Medicine
U. Groningen
U. Maastricht

Physiotherapy
Amsterdam UAS
Fontys UAS
Hanze UAS

Psychology
Radboud U.
U. Groningen
U. Maastricht

Most of the above universities will be in Ireland before this deadline at a series of OMG We're Going Dutch events in Sligo, Dublin and Belfast (10th-12th January 2017) http://eunicas.ie/index.php/universities-news/further-opportunities-to-meet-dutch-universities.html You should register for these events now, for useful advice.


You can also contact EUNiCAS at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for support and advice, to ensure your applications are made properly, and on time.


 
Routes to Employment: Universities of Applied Sciences
Written on Sunday, 30 April 2017 19:46

Universities of Applied Sciences: a route to employment

Until recently, a lot of the interest in studying in mainland Europe has been directed towards the research universities. Admittedly, these are excellent: all of the Dutch research universities, for example, are higher-ranked than all of the Irish universities. Their approach to teaching, though difficult for Irish students to adjust to in the first few weeks, with its focus on independent learning, has proven very popular with our students.

However, even with their informal style and different approach to teaching, the research universities are proving too academic for some of our students. Increasing numbers of Irish students are finding their way to Universities of Applied Science (UAS), particularly in the Netherlands, Germany, Finland and Denmark (where they are called University Colleges). UAS are equivalent to the Irish Institutes of Technology, except that they are invariably much better-resourced.

Programmes in the UAS are overtly employment-focused with a much more practical, hands-on, project-based style, usually including one or two internships. Irish students are now joining programmes in UAS in areas such as Physiotherapy, Game Design, Business, Art & Design, IT, Hotel Management and Engineering, where they are enjoying an approach to education that, though less academic and more practical, is still very high in quality.

Above: NHTV Breda

Entry requirements are reasonable – 6 passes at Leaving Cert (2 at H4): reflecting students’ right to an education in mainland Europe and sidestepping the need to obsess about Leaving Cert points. Importantly, students with a relevant QQI/FETAC Level 5 qualification qualify for degree programmes at a UAS.

Of course, tuition fees are on a par with the research universities: free in Denmark or Eur 2006 p.a. in the Netherlands (with a 35-year low-interest loan form the Dutch government). There are other loans/grants available for living expenses. Also, if you qualify for a SUSI Maintenance Grant, you can take it with you. This all ensures that it is often less expensive to study in places such as the Netherlands, than in Ireland. Maybe, groups of students who previously felt excluded from higher education, now have a wealth of opportunities opening up to them?

So, if you are interested in a programme that directly prepares you for the employment markets of the 21st century, programmes which you have the right to join and can afford to attend, it is certainly worth considering the Universities of Applied Sciences.

Contact EUNiCAS This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for advice on programme choice, to clarify whether or not you have the entry requirements for these programmes and for support in your application to these programmes.


 
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