Netherlands: the New Alternative. Meet Dutch Universities in Ireland this month.
“It is becoming the new UCAS”, says Michael Howley, Guidance Counsellor with Gort Community School, a school from which five students went directly to a university in the Netherlands this year. Michael was referring to the programmes listed on, and services offered by, EUNICAS. With over 1000 Irish students now registered on degree programmes, taught through English, in Dutch universities, the Netherlands is fast becoming a very attractive mainstream option for Irish students.
Underlining this surge to Europe, Dutch universities are beginning to prioritise Ireland as a student recruitment market. EUNiCAS has organised a visit by fifteen Dutch universities to Ireland, including some of the country’s top institutions. These universities are visiting Cork, Galway and Dublin to speak to prospective Irish students and their families. Importantly, Irish students, currently studying in the Netherlands, will be available for a chat on the night.
So why the Netherlands? Guy Flouch of the Irish-based EUNiCAS application support service, comments that:
“Dutch Research Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences have a very high global reputation. Despite that, they are not particularly interested in your Leaving Cert points [or your grades, for postgraduate progrmmes] for entry, since they embrace the notion of you having a “right to an education”. Tuition Fees which, at EUR2060 are already very low, can be recouped by way of a low-interest loan from the Dutch government. Add to that, the attractiveness of graduates from these institutions, to employers, in an increasingly globalised employment market, it is definitely worth thinking about”
Subject areas offered by these institutions, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, include International Law, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Business, Game Design, Medicine, Public Health, Pharmacy, Biomedicine, International Relations/European Studies, Languages, Natural Sciences, Computer Science, Engineering, Hotel Management, Music, Fine Art and many more
To book for these events, which are available at no charge, go here:
23rd October CORK
24th October GALWAY
25th October DUBLIN
EUNiCAS www.eunicas.ie will also be available to answer your questions about studying in Europe