There are now over 1000 Irish students registered on degree programmes, taught through English, in Dutch universities. This number includes a good representation from Sligo This phenomenon is radically changing the palette of third-level opportunities available to Irish students who can now access a wide range of programmes in institutions with a very high international reputation, at a cost lower than studying at home.Dutch universities are currently receiving unprecedented numbers of enquiries from Irish students and their families.
To feed this hunger, a group of Dutch universities is coming to Ireland in a series of events, in January, offering families the opportunity to meet the universities and Irish students (including Sligo students) who are studying there. The next event is the ‘OMG We’re Going Dutch
; event in the Sligo Park Hotel, on 10th January.
At this event, nine of the universities are visiting Sligo, to speak to prospective students and their families. Co-ordinated by EUNICAS www.eunicas.ie
, the evening represents a measure of the growing interest in the opportunities to study in the Netherlands. The event starts at 18.30. Register for this free event here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/theyre-back-omg-were-going-dutch-sligo-tickets-39526709452
The event follows other successful events in Cork, Galway, Belfast and Dublin, attended by over 1400 students.
Celia McGuiness, the Guidance Counsellor at Sligo Grammar, says, “After my students started asking more and more questions about these opportunities and started enrolling on the programmes, I decided I better go and have a look at these universities myself and joined a tour by Guidance Counsellors of the Netherlands, organised by EUNiCAS. To be honest, I started off thinking this was all too good to be true but came back stunned by the quality on offer and the level of the opportunities available”
So why the Netherlands? Guy Flouch of the Irish-based EUNiCAS www.eunicas.ie application support service, that has organised this event, comments that:
“Dutch universities don’t select for entry, based on Leaving Cert points. Tuition Fees which, at EUR2060, are already very low, can be recouped by way of an interest-free loan from the Dutch government. Not only can students take their SUSI Grant with them but there is further financial support 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”
Irish students are now enrolling in Dutch research universities, all of which are higher-ranked than UCD, following programmes in areas such as Psychology, Law, Politics, Engineering, Business, Science, Arts & Culture, and many more. They are also being attracted to the excellent Applied Universities which are more practical employment-focused institutions offering qualifications in areas such as Physiotherapy, Teaching, Business, Art & Design, IT, Hotel Management and Media.