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Netherlands

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Study in the Netherlands

As an exchange student in the Netherlands, you'll most certainly hear the words, "We're only a small nation!" Don't miss the pride behind these words: while the Dutch live in a small country, it's a nation of which they are very proud.

“It was hard to be uprooted in a foreign place, and be sent to another family in another country with a completely foreign language, but it turned out to be the most fantastic experience I could have had. It also taught me to be confident and to find poise and strengths within myself. I gained a world perspective, and maturity that helped me do well in college afterward. It was a life-changing, wonderful year.”

- Theresa

+ More About the Netherlands

Hallo! Welcome to the enchanting country of the Netherlands, often referred to as Holland, where tons of fun, excitement and a thrilling adventure await you! The people of this small nation are fiercely proud, and with good reason. The Netherlands is home to many beautiful structures, such as the Binnenhof and the Dom Tower of Utrecht. Choose the Netherlands as your YFU destination and venture to a land of wonders!

During your time in the Netherlands, your hospitable host family will guide and support you as you explore their marvelous culture – their arts, customs, traditions, and foods! Your appetite will definitely be satisfied with the country’s delicious cuisine, which consists of a variety of food such as fresh fruit, fish, and vegetables. You may also have the opportunity to savor country specialties, such as Uitsmijter spek en kaas, a dish made of eggs, bacon, and cheese. On special occasions, you will undoubtedly indulge your sweet tooth and devour Oliebollen, a special Dutch pastry, and Appeltaart, the Dutch version of apple pie. If neither of those suite your fancy, don't worry! There are plenty more mouth-watering dishes available to you in the Netherlands.

The Netherlands educational system ranks 9th in the world (according to the Programme for International Student Assessment), so the country will undoubtedly meet your academic requirements. The Dutch school system allows you to choose a “profile,” which consists of a number of subjects that are compulsory and a number of electives. There are four profiles, and most exchange students are placed in a Culture and Society profile, taking classes in languages, history, mathematics, bookkeeping, art and philosophy. Worried about starting in a new school? Many teachers are willing to give extra help after class, and some schools may assign a classmate to be your “study buddy.”

Do you ever feel stressed out after an intense day at school? Don’t worry -- while you are abroad, fun and excitement will greet you after a full day of classes. You can look forward to spending time with your host family, having dinner, and maybe checking out sporting events or music clubs. You may enjoy some of the world's finest entertainment: the Netherlands is home to about twenty professional theater groups as well as amateur drama groups. Fine arts museums can also be found in all of the country's cities and some major towns. There are also many sights for you to behold such as the gorgeous Keukenhof (possibly the most beautiful garden in all of Europe, if not the world) and the beautiful river of Amstel.

After an unforgettable adventure in the Netherlands, you will have countless stories and experiences to share with your friends and family! You will realize the positive effect that living in another country and culture can have on your personality and way of life - and you'll want to go back for sure! If you think the fun-loving Dutch culture would be a good fit for you, then apply to live in the Netherlands today!

Online Resources

To learn even more about the Netherlands, we recommend:

  • Visit your local library to find reference books, travel guides and essays, Dutch language dictionaries, and many more country resources
  • Use an internet search engine to find informative websites
  • The Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington, DC website

+ Scholarships Available

385 - Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Study Fund
368 - YFU Community Grant
384 - YFU Financial Aid Fund

Learn more about scholarships.

+ Programs & Tuition

Fall Year: $13,995
Winter Year: $13,995
Fall Semester: $12,995
Spring Semester: $12,495
Fall Trimester: $10,995

+ Additional Information

Visa Information

Information concerning Visas will be provided upon enrollment.

Additional Costs

As part of the visa process, students will be required to register for a residence permit before they depart for the Netherlands. The cost for a residence permit in the Netherlands is approximately €650. Program tuition does not include personal spending money or school-related costs such as books and school trips.

Choose Your Program

+ Academic Year Programs

During your time in the Netherlands, you will live with a host family and attend a local high school. Part of your experience will be:

School

You will be enrolled in either HAVO (senior secondary education) or VWO (pre-university school) where you’ll find a relaxed atmosphere, and will be expected to study just as hard as you do here in the US. Students will most likely be placed in either 10th or 11th grade and choose subject tracks focused on culture, economics, health, or technology. All students will study Dutch, English, another modern language, math, science, social studies, art, and physical education, in additional to other optional electives like philosophy, Latin, or computer science. Most students will travel to school by bicycle, rain or shine, though there is also an extensive public transport system throughout the country.

Orientations

All students applying for the trimester, semester, or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. Upon arrival in the Netherlands, students will attend a 4-day arrival orientation, which includes intensive language training to prepare students to be successful in Dutch schools. Year students will also participate in a mid-year orientation and all will have a re-entry orientation towards the end of their programs to reflect on their experiences.

Extracurriculars

Dutch schools usually don't offer extracurricular activities, but YFU students are definitely encouraged to get involved in sports, clubs, or teams offered by their host communities in order to pursue their passions and make new friends outside of school.

Optional Excursions

YFU Netherlands organizes a trip for all students to a major European city in the spring. The destination of this expedition varies from year to year, but previous trips have gone to cities like Prague and Paris and included activities like tours and museum visits. This four-day trip is offered to students at an additional cost of about €250 to €350.

Year and Spring Semester students may have the option to participate in the YFU Young Europeans' Seminar, a weeklong program of seminars, educational workshops, inspiring guest speakers, panel discussions, and other activities. The Seminar takes place in Germany in late June and is attended by around 500 other YFU exchange program participants from across the continent. Space is limited and participation requires an additional application and fee.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Year 0090 mid August early July $13,995
Winter Year 1280 early January late December $13,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Dutch high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post-arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Netherlands Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive Insurance

+ Semester Programs

During your time in the Netherlands, you will live with a host family and attend a local high school. Part of your experience will be:

School

You will be enrolled in either HAVO (senior secondary education) or VWO (pre-university school) where you’ll find a relaxed atmosphere, and will be expected to study just as hard as you do here in the US. Students will most likely be placed in either 10th or 11th grade and choose subject tracks focused on culture, economics, health, or technology. All students will study Dutch, English, another modern language, math, science, social studies, art, and physical education, in additional to other optional electives like philosophy, Latin, or computer science. Most students will travel to school by bicycle, rain or shine, though there is also an extensive public transport system throughout the country.

Orientations

All students applying for the trimester, semester, or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. Upon arrival in the Netherlands, students will attend a 4-day arrival orientation, which includes intensive language training to prepare students to be successful in Dutch schools. Year students will also participate in a mid-year orientation and all will have a re-entry orientation towards the end of their programs to reflect on their experiences.

Extracurriculars

Dutch schools usually don't offer extracurricular activities, but YFU students are definitely encouraged to get involved in sports, clubs, or teams offered by their host communities in order to pursue their passions and make new friends outside of school.

Optional Excursions

YFU Netherlands organizes a trip for all students to a major European city in the spring. The destination of this expedition varies from year to year, but previous trips have gone to cities like Prague and Paris and included activities like tours and museum visits. This four-day trip is offered to students at an additional cost of about €250 to €350.

Year and Spring Semester students may have the option to participate in the YFU Young Europeans' Seminar, a weeklong program of seminars, educational workshops, inspiring guest speakers, panel discussions, and other activities. The Seminar takes place in Germany in late June and is attended by around 500 other YFU exchange program participants from across the continent. Space is limited and participation requires an additional application and fee.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Semester 0635 mid August late December $12,995
Spring Semester 0875 ealy January early July $12,495

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Dutch high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post-arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Netherlands Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive Insurance

Age Requirement

Winter/Spring 2019 programs: Jan. 1, 2001 - Jan. 1, 2004. Fall 2019 programs: August 1, 2001 - July 31, 2004. Students who do not meet these age requirements will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Dutch. Students are encouraged to begin learning Dutch as soon as they apply to the program with the assistance of a language training app and will be tested online prior to the program. Upon arrival, students will receive access to an online platform for further language learning.

Host Family Placement

Students are placed throughout the country, but it is rare to be placed in big cities like Amsterdam or Rotterdam.

+ Short-term Fall Trimester Program

During your time in the Netherlands, you will live with a host family and attend a local high school. Part of your experience will be:

School

You will be enrolled in either HAVO (senior secondary education) or VWO (pre-university school) where you’ll find a relaxed atmosphere, and will be expected to study just as hard as you do here in the US. Students will most likely be placed in either 10th or 11th grade and choose subject tracks focused on culture, economics, health, or technology. All students will study Dutch, English, another modern language, math, science, social studies, art, and physical education, in additional to other optional electives like philosophy, Latin, or computer science. Most students will travel to school by bicycle, rain or shine, though there is also an extensive public transport system throughout the country.

Orientations

All students applying for the trimester, semester, or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. Upon arrival in the Netherlands, students will attend a 4-day arrival orientation, which includes intensive language training to prepare students to be successful in Dutch schools. Year students will also participate in a mid-year orientation and all will have a re-entry orientation towards the end of their programs to reflect on their experiences.

Extracurriculars

Dutch schools usually don't offer extracurricular activities, but YFU students are definitely encouraged to get involved in sports, clubs, or teams offered by their host communities in order to pursue their passions and make new friends outside of school.

Optional Excursions

YFU Netherlands organizes a trip for all students to a major European city in the spring. The destination of this expedition varies from year to year, but previous trips have gone to cities like Prague and Paris and included activities like tours and museum visits. This four-day trip is offered to students at an additional cost of about €250 to €350.

Year and Spring Semester students may have the option to participate in the YFU Young Europeans' Seminar, a weeklong program of seminars, educational workshops, inspiring guest speakers, panel discussions, and other activities. The Seminar takes place in Germany in late June and is attended by around 500 other YFU exchange program participants from across the continent. Space is limited and participation requires an additional application and fee.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Trimester 1385 mid August early November $10,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Dutch high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post-arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Netherlands Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive Insurance

Age Requirement

Winter/Spring 2019 programs: Jan. 1, 2001 - Jan. 1, 2004. Fall 2019 programs: August 1, 2001 - July 31, 2004. Students who do not meet these age requirements will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Dutch. Students are encouraged to begin learning Dutch as soon as they apply to the program with the assistance of a language training app and will be tested online prior to the program. Upon arrival, students will receive access to an online platform for further language learning.

Host Family Placement

Students are placed throughout the country, but it is rare to be placed in big cities like Amsterdam or Rotterdam.