MBA in the Netherlands
After the USA and Germany, the Netherlands has the most dynamic economy. A recent study based on the number of adults who own a start-up company indicates that the Netherlands is the most entrepreneurial country in Europe. It is easy for entrepreneurs to set up or dissolve a company at a rapid pace here.
The Netherlands is ranked 7th worldwide in terms of startups taking risks and ranked 9th for adopting disruptive technologies and new business models. Hence, if you are an entrepreneur or are considering the path of entrepreneurship, then an MBA in the Netherlands could give you an edge over the rest.
The Netherlands is a popular study destination among young students from the USA, China, India, and Germany. Professors at various universities encourage students to take up key qualities like responsibility, accountability, leadership, and entrepreneurship here. Students are expected to be proactive during their lectures and share their ideas, thoughts, and opinions for discussions. This culture helps students to become independent learners, thinkers, and boosts their confidence to turn their ideas into execution.
Every year the Netherlands hosts nearly 90,000 students from other countries who come here to study subjects such as engineering, economics, and business management. Students coming from Europe, Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea, the United States of America, or Vatican City will not need a student visa.
However, students moving here from non-EU countries will require a Netherlands student visa for studying an MBA in the Netherlands
BEST MBA SPECIALIZATIONS IN NETHERLANDS
Indian students require the Long Stay Visa (MVV)/Residence Permit to study in the Netherlands. A word of advice here, be sure to apply for the MVV/Residence Permit well in advance as it could take up to 90 days to confirm the same. This beautiful country of tulips and cheese is located on the western coast of Europe, and surprisingly is only a stone’s throw away from the U.K. IELTS and TOEFL are the main accepted English tests for admissions in the Netherlands.
One can find universities that offer general MBA programs and specialized MBA programs in the field of supply chain management, finance, and business analytics. Full time and part-time MBA programs are also available for students and working professionals. The Dutch academic year usually runs between September and June. Post-MBA, some students decide to stay back and some prefer moving to cities such as Amsterdam, the Hague, or Rotterdam for challenging roles and higher salaries.
The job roles post MBA can range in the fields of consumer products, consulting, technology, financial services, and healthcare. One can find large transnational organizations such as Philips, Unilever, Shell, Akzo, and KLM for internship and employment opportunities. Known to be an open and tolerant country, people here are very welcoming and encourage people to share their opinions and express themselves. Hence international students can expect to become part of a multicultural environment with open arms. Are you considering pursuing an MBA soon? Then, take a look at these top 4 schools to consider to study MBA in the Netherlands
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University: Erasmus University’s RSM is ranked 20th in Europe in the Global 200 Business Schools Report 2014/15. Students can pursue a full-time MBA with an exceptional combination of top-rated international faculty, recent research methods and enjoy networking among some of the well-known business names in the industry
Amsterdam Business School, Universiteit van Amsterdam: In addition to a full-time MBA program, one can pursue a part-time MBA program here either in the field of healthcare management or big data. Classes here are generally small and lay emphasis on peer learning and networking. Not just that, by networking with the alumni and current students of the University of Amsterdam, one can explore entrepreneurship opportunities, internships, and jobs. Students must remember that it is mandatory to have at least 50% of the required credits each academic, else there are chances that the residence permit can be withdrawn
Maastricht School of Management (MSM): One of the oldest and most international business schools in the Netherlands, MSM offers shorter professional and executive courses for students who want to pursue an MBA in the Netherlands. Those students who plan to stay back after pursuing their MBA program for more than three months will have to apply for a Residence Permit (VVR) – an ID card in addition to the Netherlands student visa that they hold
Nyenrode Business Universiteit: Known to deliver business solutions to many companies that help them solve challenges, this university ensures that their students visit companies in London, Frankfurt, Valencia, Zurich, Brussels and Copenhagen for wider business exposure. One can pursue one year full-time MBA to become a responsible leader. A whole range of scholarships is offered by the Dutch government and universities for students who want to go and study masters or MBA in the Netherlands. Here are a few scholarships that one must be aware of:
The Netherlands Fellowship Programs: This scholarship covers study-related fees, travel expenses, and living costs for professionals who have spent up to three years in the workforce and are been recommended by their employers.
The Erasmus Mundus Program: One of the best scholarships offered by the European Commission, this scholarship helps qualified international students to study free of cost in their preferred country
The cost of living in the Netherlands is comparatively low when compared to other western European locations. An average student life ranges between €800 and €1,000 per month (INR 62,824 - 78,530) Though this may seem expensive to Indian students, they can choose to find part-time jobs that can help them cover their finances.
If your courses begin in August, it is best to start looking for affordable accommodation in the months of May, June, and July. Else, you may end up paying for expensive accommodation or find low-quality rooms
During the semester breaks, there are a bunch of tourist attractions that one can visit. Be it the Anne Frank’s House, the Van Gogh Museum, Rembrandt House, or the recently reopened Rijksmuseum. This picturesque country of 400-year-old canals leaves one mesmerizing and breathtaking with its scenic views.
Also, travel to Europe is possible at an affordable price, most students find themselves on a train, air, or bus if they are set to explore the place or find business opportunities to fuel their growth. Did you know if one works for more than 32 hours a month, a student is eligible for an OV-Chipkaart smart card which gives them free access to public transportation? For those of you who love cycling, this country is the perfect place to commute by cycles with breathtaking views.
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