Netherlands in the eyes of the Vietnamese students

Where in your life, too, there are always advantages and disadvantages of it. Talking about life in the Netherlands shall have the following main points:

Social

Generally speaking most study abroad students satisfied with their lives in the Netherlands. People here are friendly, sociable. A happy story can be seen just recently that Vietnam Student sad here is that people often encounter them here is a clear distinction about the difference between China and Vietnam (Asian students in general ), every time they see us on the street and thought that the Chinese and they offer ‘Ni Hao’. Another advantage is that 90% of Dutch people speak English (especially youth). Of course they only use English in case of necessity (for example, with tourists and international students), because they have their own language (Dutch = Dutch). Public transport in Holland is quite good, such as bus, train, tram, etc.. you can find the written instructions, maps everywhere.

The climate in the Netherlands will be great if there is no strong winds and rain. You try to imagine you riding your bike to go upwind? Also the Dutch weather is quite nice, cold air will, a little warm sunshine and wonderful. The rampant theft is a very worrying problem of students and the Dutch people. Victims stolen bicycles are very popular here, you can take the car very easily if not careful or car keys to the car at a deserted place. My experience (after 3 takes bikes) is: should walk (just avoid the wind, just seek some vehicles). If they want to go buy a car cheaper to buy a car is the most painful.

Food

Honestly, the Dutch dishes are simple, popular snack of Dutch people are french fries, Frikandel, etc.. After 2 years living and studying in the Netherlands, I remained loyal to the dishes of Vietnam. Materials can also be found at the shop located in central Vietnam. Very expensive prices compared to Western food, but we have to endure biting teeth. Holland is also seen as a country with the highest number of holidays in Europe. For students, an average of 1 year 7 weeks vacation + alternating with 2-month summer holiday.

Employment

Compared with other countries, the problem for the job of international students in the Netherlands is very difficult because most of them require the ability to communicate in Dutch. Most students here would be a major cleaning job, or that they have to go to other large cities to apply for jobs (such as Amsterdam, Groningen, etc.).

Accommodation

If you take a course to learn a trade or international courses, often accommodation will be arranged for you. Should accept it immediately or you will regret later. Looking for a place in a crowded country like the Netherlands is not easy. Dutch students often find off-campus accommodation. These are unfurnished room, kitchen and bathroom in general use, and if you wish, you may find yourself the same room after a few months. So before you leave your country, ask your school to participate, accommodation arranged for you or not? If you’re in the Netherlands and still looking for accommodation, ask the International Relations Office or the Student Office. And so tell your classmates know you are in need of accommodation.

Insurance

In the Netherlands, student health insurance is not an automatic way. You must make sure that you have purchased insurance before. International students, are covered from home, should bring a paper (in English) describing their insurance. If you do not have insurance to cover all hospital costs when you stay in the Netherlands, you must buy insurance here. Students Office will provide you with more information.

The cost of living

Experience shows that to live in the Netherlands for a year, a foreign student needs about 600-800 USD / month. The money is to cover daily living expenses, registration and tuition money. Only EU citizens are allowed to work while studying. In some cases, students from EU countries may receive scholarships or tuition reimbursement. However, students do not have time to learn by doing. The school does not have funds to support students.

Although the difference between the income level in the Netherlands is very small, most students living in the last step of the economic ladder. If you have an income of average student – from scholarships – you’ll notice that one third the amount spent on rent, and food accounts for one third. Fortunately, most schools of higher education that offers meals with a moderate price. Many cities have pubs (called eetcaf) where you can eat delicious and cheap. But the cheapest way is to cook your own food, perhaps with roommates. Supermarkets in Holland there are many international products. The rest of the revenue will be spent for books, travel and other expenses.

The cost study

You will need to prove that you will have enough money to live in the Netherlands. Cost per month depending on your status:

  • Pre-university students: 517.16Euro
  • Student: 633.48Euro
  • Student exchange: 517.16Euro
  • Student internships: 557.10Euro (including cost holidays)
  • Work (teachers or researchers): 557.10Euro (including cost holidays)
  • Graduates practice: 557.10Euro (including cost holidays)

Learning

  • Chapter plugged in English, English learning environment.
  • School or program (a combination of theory and practice)
  • Textbooks are updated every year.
  • Extensive library, reference books are updated regularly with many different areas convenient for students in the lookup problem.
  • The main motto of the schools here are self-taught, very limited class time, students mainly study and further research in the library.
  • Teachers are very helpful, close to the students, all questions are answered via email, or directly.

Learning and group work are used here, the students want to create style teamwork, self-management of their working time and work effectiveness. Give students must have a sense of responsibility to everyone in the group, etc. …