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Netherlands

Study in the 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: home to rolling tulip fields, beachy coasts, and the culturally-packed streets of Amsterdam and The Hague!

According to the Programme for International Student Assessment, the Netherlands educational system ranks 9th in the world, so the country will undoubtedly meet your academic requirements. While in the Netherlands, you and your new Dutch friends will most likely take classes in languages, history, mathematics, bookkeeping, art and philosophy.

While you are abroad, fun and excitement will greet you after a full day of classes. You may see a performance by a professional theater group or check out a sporting event or music club with your host family. There are also many sights for you to behold such as the famous gardens of Keukenhof and the beautiful river of Amstel. Your host family may introduce you to 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, or Appeltaart, the Dutch version of apple pie.

After an unforgettable adventure in the Netherlands, you will have countless stories and experiences to share with your friends and family!

+ Scholarships Available

YFU USA is proud to send over 200 American students on cultural exchange with a full or partial scholarship each year. Financial assistance may be in the form of a merit-based scholarship, needs-based financial aid, or Legacy Grant for students who are previously involved in the YFU Community. Scholarships may vary in deadline, requirements, and eligibility. To learn more, please visit our Scholarships Page to find details on the following scholarships eligible for the Netherlands:

Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Study Fund
YFU Legacy Grant
YFU Financial Aid Fund

+ Programs & Tuition

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

Applications for tuition based programs must be submitted by October 1 for winter/spring departure programs and March 15 for summer and fall. Applications submitted after this date will be considered on a case by case basis depending upon availability.

+ 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 in the Netherlands. Program tuition does not include the residence permit fee, personal spending money or school-related costs such as books, transportation, 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.

Please note: Students may not be able to receive a transcript or a record of grades. Some schools are able to issue a certificate of attendance. Placement in a particular grade level, credit, or graduation cannot be guaranteed.

Orientations

All students applying for the year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July or early December (Spring programs). This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. Students applying for a Fall program 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. Students will also participate in a mid-year orientation and 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

Year program students will also usually have the option of participating in a number of educational trips and excursions during their stay, at an additional cost.

European City Trip: YFU Netherlands organizes a trip for all year 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. The trip is usually 4 days long.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Year Mid August Mid July $13,995
Spring Year 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

Age Requirement

  • 2020 Fall Departure: Students born August 1, 2002 - July 1, 2005.
  • 2020 Spring Departure: Students born January 1, 2002- December 31, 2004.
  • Students who do not meet these age requirements will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Dutch. Students should be motivated to learn Dutch and are encouraged to begin learning Dutch as soon as they apply. Students will be provided the access to an online language training platform before departure to aid in learning.

Host Family Placement

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

+ 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.

Please note: Students may not be able to receive a transcript or a record of grades. Some schools are able to issue a certificate of attendance. Placement in a particular grade level, credit, or graduation cannot be guaranteed.

Orientations

All students applying for the semester program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July or early December (Spring programs). This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. Students applying for a Fall program 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 and 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

Year program students will also usually have the option of participating in a number of educational trips and excursions during their stay, at an additional cost.

European City Trip: YFU Netherlands organizes a trip for students participating in the Spring semester program 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. The trip is usually 4 days long.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Semester Mid August Late December $12,995
Spring Semester 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

  • 2020 Fall Departure: Students born August 1, 2002 - July 1, 2005.
  • 2020 Spring Departure: Students born January 1, 2002- December 31, 2004.
  • Students who do not meet these age requirements will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Dutch. Students should be motivated to learn Dutch and are encouraged to begin learning Dutch as soon as they apply. Students will be provided the access to an online language training platform before departure to aid in learning.

Host Family Placement

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

+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.

Please note: Students may not be able to receive a transcript or a record of grades. Some schools are able to issue a certificate of attendance. Placement in a particular grade level, credit, or graduation cannot be guaranteed.

Orientations

All students applying for the trimester 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. Students applying for a Fall program 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 and 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.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Trimester 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

  • 2020 Fall Departure: Students born August 1, 2002 - July 1, 2005.
  • Students who do not meet these age requirements will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Dutch. Students should be motivated to learn Dutch and are encouraged to begin learning Dutch as soon as they apply. Students will be provided the access to an online language training platform before departure to aid in learning.

Host Family Placement

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