The Netherlands gets its name from the fact that around a quarter of this small nation lies below sea level. The Netherlands is located in North Western Europe and is bordered by the North Sea to the north and west, Germany to the east and Belgium to the south. The capital of the country is Amsterdam, but The Hague is the seat of the King, Government and Parliament. Beyond its traditional associations (think windmills, tulips and clogs), it is one of the most developed and wealthy nations in the world, with a largely urban population. One of the most densely populated countries in Europe, it’s known for its tolerant and liberal ethos, and boasts a wealth of great student cities – none of which are more than a bicycle ride (the nation’s preferred mode of transport) away from some picturesque countryside.
The education system in the Netherlands is known for its high quality in education and research, its international study environment and its competitive pricing. The Netherlands has the most English taught courses after the UK. The Netherlands is particularly popular with international students, and according to the latest statistics from UNESCO, it is a host country to nearly 60,000 foreign students each year – including almost 1,000 tertiary level students from India. The Netherlands is particularly popular with international students, and according to public higher education (DUO) 112,000 international students studied in Dutch higher education. The Netherlands has a very high standard of education and a total of 13 out of 14 research universities are featured in the Global Top 200 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017, of which 8 among them are ranked in the global Top 100.