Arnhem, the capital of the province of Gelderland has a rich and eventful past, partly reflected in a number of monumental buildings. It is set in the heart of green surroundings. The town is contained by the Veluwe on one side and the forelands on the other.
Fun Facts about the Netherlands
- The Netherlands has nearly 1,000 museums, with 42 in Amsterdam alone
- Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands, but The Hague is the seat of government
- Most Dutch people speak at least one foreign language
- The Netherlands is the world's eighth largest exporter
- One in every three Dutch people belongs to a sport club
- When Dutch school children pass their exams, they hang a Dutch flag and a school bag outside their home
- The Netherlands has at least 15,000 km of bicycle paths
- Dutch is also spoken in Belgium, northern France, Suriname, the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba
- The Netherlands was one of the European Union's founding nations
About HAN University
HAN strives to be one of the top universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands. With campuses in both Arnhem and Nijmegen, in the east of the Netherlands. The institution houses over 30,000 students and offers almost every type of professional course related to the following domains: education, social studies, commerce, communication, business administration, law, economics, engineering, built environment, applied sciences, IT and communication, health, nursing, and sports and exercise. Students have the option to choose from a total of 65 Bachelors and exchange courses and 21 Masters courses.
The academic year in the Netherlands runs from September to July and is divided into two semesters
Fall semester (typically from September to late January):The semester contains the following:
- Lectures and practical work: 4-5 days per week
- Project: 1 day per week
- Practical assignments, exercises and hands-on sessions with two other students
- Project work: done with four to eight other students
Spring semester (typically early February to late July):The semester contains the following:
- Lectures and practical work: 2-3 days per week
- Project: 2-3 days per week
- Intermediate project presentations
- Guest lectures
- Exams / Re-sits
♦For EU/ EER citizens: € 1906 (Provided you have not yet obtained a Bachelors degree in Dutch Higher Education and you live in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg or in one of the German federal states North Rhine-Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen), Bremen or Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) at the official start of the academic year.
♦For Non-EU/EER citizens: € 7065
For airfare: Students will be responsible for purchasing air fare at their own expense before the program begins.
Living and studying in the Netherlands for one year costs a student between € 700 and € 1,100 euros a month. This amount is needed to cover daily expenses, to pay rent and for tuition fees. Please note that the Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND) requires non-EU students to have a minimum of € 834 per month for living costs.
Students have the option to choose between apartments and student houses.
Has three to five shared rooms and central facilities like a kitchen, shower and toilet.
- Student houses
A larger number of single and shared rooms with central facilities like a kitchen, shower and toilet for nine rooms.
- Combination of apartment and student house
These buildings contain apartments that can house two to three students. The rooms are all fully furnished and the shared kitchens are fully equipped. Some of the complexes also offer a laundry service, but this is not always included in the rent.
- Be prepared to pay a deposit on your housing, which may be up to one month's rent. You will need to budget for this expense before arrival.
- The rental prices range from €290 to €400 per room per month, depending on room size, quality of the room/building, location and service charges.
- The rental prices include the costs of gas, water and electricity. Be aware that you will be charged extra if you use more energy than you have paid for.
- The costs for the caretaker and maintenance are also included in the rental price.
- You pay the rent directly to your landlord once a month. You can find more information about the rental prices on the web pages for each separate building.
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Many courses at HAN are typically offered in English; however, the lead faculty member has the discretion to change the language of instruction. MSU, Mankato cannot guarantee the language of instruction, course offerings or grading policies at HAN during a student's exchange program.
Updated by: AM
Date updated: August 2017