New Dutch Student Finance System
Written on Thursday, 16 July 2015 16:05

The rules for Dutch Student Finance are changing for 2015-2016.

UK and Irish students can continue to benefit from Dutch student finance, though the rules will change, slightly, from September 2015. All EU citizens, are entitled to the following financial supports in the Netherlands: 

1. Tuition Fee Loan [collegegeldkrediet]
2. [Living Expenses] Loan
3. Grant [where family earns less than €46,000 pa]

The repayment period for the above loans has been extended to 35 years, from graduation. This year, the interest rate on these loans was a very low 0.12%. You should note that, to be entitled to the Living Expenses Loan and or Grant, of up to €854 per month, you need to acquire a part-time job in the Netherlands. This condition does not apply to the Tuition Fee Loan. The Tuition Fee Loan covers full fees for the programme for which you have been accepted.

The biggest change, for 2015, is that the Living Expenses Loan was previously a Grant, though some element of the grant characteristics of this support remain in the grant that is available to families who earn less than €46,000 pa.

Above: the city of Groningen, in the Netherlands

To apply for Tuition Fee Loans, you need an Acceptance Letter from a Dutch University or University of Applied Sciences and have to acquired a Dutch address and be registered with the relevant local municipality. Most universities will assist you with this registration.

Financial Support in the Netherlands is managed through DUO [Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs], which is part of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Science & Culture., in the Netherlands.

Note that all Irish students, who are entitled to a SUSI Maintenance Grant, can take this with them to the Netherlands.

Some Dutch Application Deadlines Fast Approaching
Written on Friday, 10 April 2015 18:48

There are upcoming Application Deadlines [01 May] for some excellent English-taught BA/BSc degree programmes in Dutch Research Universities:

Archaeology [Leiden U]
Automotive Engineering [TU Eindhoven]
Communication & Media [Erasmus U]
Computer Science & Engineering [TU Eindhoven]
Computer Science [VU Amsterdam] 15 May
Electrical Engineering [U.Twente]
European Languages & Culture [U. Groningen]
European Studies [U. Amsterdam]
Global Law [U. Tilburg]
History [Erasmus U]
International Business [Erasmus U]
International Business [U. Maastricht]
International & European Law [U. Groningen]
International Relations [U. Groningen]
International Studies [Leiden U]
Liberal Arts & Sciences {Erasmus U]
Psychology [U. Maastricht] 15 May
Psychology [U. Groningen]
Science [U. Maastricht]

Above: University of Twente: the only Dutch Research University to
have a 'campus', on the
traditional model from anglophone countries

Register with us and we will help you apply to any of the above programmes.

Other programmes in Dutch Research Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences have deadlines in June, July and even August





Danish Application Deadline: 15th March
Written on Sunday, 08 March 2015 22:44

The application deadline for applying to Danish Universities and University Colleges is approaching fast. Students need to have applied – and, importantly, their documents received by their targeted Danish institution – by March 15th.

Increasing numbers of Irish [in particular] and UK students are applying to join undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, taught through English, In Denmark. Other than the spirit of adventure, they are attracted by the style and quality of teaching in Denmark, the high level of resources at these institutions, the extra edge on their CV through having studied abroad, the very low entry requirements and the fact that there are no tuition fees.

Note that all EU students who get a part-time job [10 – 12 hours a week] can claim a grant of EUR750 a month. Irish students, who qualify for a Maintenance Grant in Ireland, can take it with them, to Denmark.

The University Colleges are less academic in nature than the Universities [and there are some excellent Research Universities in Denmark] and offer a range of practical employment-focused programmes, in a wide variety of areas.  Amongst these institutions, students seem particularly attracted by VIA University College, University College Northern Denmark and Copenhagen School of Design & Technology.

Above: VIA University College: increasingly popular with Irish students

Of course, remember, almost all Danish 17-25 year olds are fluent in English though, if you are worried, the Danish government will provide you with free Danish lessons [and free health care!].

EUNICAS recently received the mail below, from the parent of an Irish student studying in Aarhus University:

“ My son finds the educational system in Denmark fantastic. Classes start early in Denmark 8am which has been a bit of a shock to my son as I think he had image of a more relaxed student lifestyle! The university course he has taken is very much linked in with industry and, throughout the year,  students are expected to suit up and have meetings with some of the top companies in the country. In their second week in college, they had meetings with a load of top international companies in the country who were already offering the students paid internships, inviting them to do research papers on their companies.

The University has just set up a new research centre in collaboration with Stanford University in the USA, so the students will have opportunity do collaborative projects with students in USA there and attend courses and exchanges which he is excited about.

The college seem to invest a huge sense of confidence and expectation in the students, which is great. My son is interested in Finance and hedge fund management during the week he was telling me he was having meeting with the head of the business school to help him out in organising introduction meetings with finance companies. There is no way a first year business student in Ireland would get that level of attention and support but the students enthusiasm is really nurtured in the college. “


Application Alert for the Netherlands
Written on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 23:37

The application deadline for the following undergraduate programmes, taught through English, in the Netherlands, is fast approaching:

Physiotherapy: Hanze UAS: 01.02.15
Liberal Arts & Sciences: U. Leiden - 01.02.15
Liberal Arts & Sciences: U. Amsterdam - 01.02.15
Liberal Arts & Sciences: U. Utrecht - 01.02.15
Sports Management: Amsterdam UAS – 01.02.15
Psychology: U. Leiden - 15.02.15
Liberal Arts & Sciences: U. Maastricht - 01.03.15
Physiotherapy: Saxion UAS - 01.03.15
Physiotherapy: Amsterdam UAS – 01.03.15
Politics, Philosophy & Law: U. Amsterdam - 15.03.15
Aerospace Engineering: T.U. Delft – 01.04.15
Psychology: Erasmus U – 01.04.15

Above: University of Amsterdam

Other important deadlines, including programmes at U. Groningen, are on 01 May, though some programmes in the Netherlands, especially in the Universities of Applied Sciences, will accept applications until late August.


- Application for Universities of Applied Sciences in Finland close next week, on 27th January
- Applications for programmes in Denmark open on 01 February [and close on 15th March]

Open Days Coming Up in Groningen, Maastricht and elsewhere in the Netherlands
Written on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 23:19

University Open Days are coming up, in the coming weeks, in universities accross the Netherlands. 

Open Days are a critical tool in your information gathering armoury: this is true for universities that you might be considering at home, and it is even more important, if you are thinking of studying in Continental Europe. Not only do Open Days give you the opportunity to get the feel for the culture and environment of your potential new faculty, university and city, but they give you the opportunity to meet the real ‘experts’, those UK or Irish students who are already studying in that university. They are also a good opportunity for those of you with resistant parents to show them what a good university option you are considering.

After their Open Day this Friday [31 October], especially for UK and Irish Students, University of Groningen has another Open Day on 7th November. You can either stay in Groningen until the next day, and go the Open Day at Hanze University of Applied Sciences, or take the train to the Open Day [8th November] in either University of Maastricht or University of Leiden. On the same day is the Open Day for Amsterdam UAS.

The following weekend also gives you the opportunity to take in two or more university visits. It sees the Open Days at Saxion UAS, in Enschede [14th November], followed by Open Days, on the Saturday [15th November] in the Hague UAS or NHTV Breda or Fontys UAS, in Venlo, or Stenden UAS.

Later in the month, are the Open Days at U. Twente [19th November], University College Utrecht [22nd November], HZ UAS, in Vlissingen [also 22nd November]  and Avans UAS, in Breda [26th November] Many of these Open Days require pre-registration. We are delighted to assist you in registering. Contact us on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we ensure that you are registered.

You can plan your journeys between cities, on the excellent Dutch railway system, here If you cant make a particular Open Day, or two that you find attractive are on the same day, EUNiCAS can assist you in organising an individual visit, on another day Contact us on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to organise a visit.

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