About The Netherlands

The Netherlands is a quite small country with a population of 16.5 million people. It is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. It measures no more than 300 kilometers north to south and 200 kilometers from west to east. The roads are busy, and so are the inland waterways, while there is also a lot of air traffic. The extensive rail network in the Netherlands enables you to get to all the places of interest quickly and easily.

A very flat country
The Netherlands has a distinctive landscape. When you arrive in the Netherlands at Schiphol Airport, your initial impression of the polders, ditches, rivers and cities can be seen from the air. If you continue your journey from Schiphol by train, you will see that urban and industrial landscape alternate with fields, forests and lakes. The country is very flat, which makes the horizon look rather wide.

The Netherlands is also referred to as Holland, because of the dominant position of the two western provinces North Holland and South Holland during the birth of the country in the 16th and 17th centuries. Today, the provinces North and South Holland include the Netherlands' three largest cities: Amsterdam, the capital, The Hague, the seat of government, and Rotterdam, Europe's largest port.

Dutch language
Dutch is the national language of the Netherlands. Although the country has a language of its own, the majority of the population speaks English and often other foreign languages as well, for example German or French. This makes it an ideal environment for students who want to enrich their knowledge abroad.

International orientation
Society in the Netherlands is multicultural. The Dutch have always had extensive trade relations with other countries and continents. This international orientation together with religious tolerance – the country has a wide religious diversity – have led to large groups of people from other countries settling in the Netherlands over the centuries.

Attitude of openness
The country has a knowledge-based society; its prosperity is primarily based on sophisticated, global services. That is why there is an attitude of openness towards the rest of the world. It is open to business, but it is also socially and culturally open.

Dutch people
The Dutch are known for being down-to-earth and they are very direct. Some people may find this tactless, but Dutch people consider it a sign of honesty and openness.  The Dutch are also known as a tolerant people, particularly to those of different opinions and persuasions. They are used to discussing differences of opinion and admire those who stand up for themselves, their ideas and ideals. Freedom is a cherished virtue in the Netherlands.

Education in the Netherlands
Studying in the Netherlands means developing an open mind and increasing your international orientation. The Dutch system of higher education enjoys a worldwide reputation for high quality.  The Times Higher Education Supplement ranks 10 universities in the Netherlands among the top 200 in the world.

History of Eindhoven

Eindhoven arose between the Dommel and Gender rivers, acquiring its town charter in 1232. In 1920 the municipality of Eindhoven was created when the original municipality of Eindhoven – the current city centre – merged with the surrounding municipalities of Strijp, Woensel, Gestel, Tongelre and Stratum.

Technology in Eindhoven
At the end of the nineteenth century, Philips established its lamp factory in Eindhoven, leading to a stream of new workers. Eindhoven and Southeast Brabant rapidly grew from a predominantly farming area into a powerful industrial region in which technology played a central role. Fast economic growth followed and after the Second World War the DAF auto manufacturer propelled the city’s economic growth even more. This growth is evident in the city’s appearance with buildings and factories of the 1920s and 1930s alternating with contemporary office buildings for service companies and modern high-tech companies.

City of light
Eindhoven is now number one in terms of technology with a strategic position as one of Western Europe’s leading technology centers and the base of the research and development facilities of Royal Philips Electronics. Many other global companies have established research, development and production facilities in the Eindhoven area. Due to Philips - and because of the various projects involving lighting up city buildings - Eindhoven has become known as the City of Light.

Study guidance and coaching

Taking a course of study requires a lot of independence when it comes to planning and discipline. Studying takes a lot of time, and university study is not the same as what you are used to from senior high school or college. Examination material is sometimes difficult to understand. The questions asked in exams may be different from what you had expected. You may find that you just find it difficult to study. You will find you will regularly need to work with others during the course of your study. Moreover, not everyone finds that easy all the time.

Experienced TU/e coaches are by your side to offer personal advice from the start until the end of your study. The Education & Student Service Center (STU) can assist you in your study. There are courses available on the subjects of studying techniques, effective study, study skills, and much more. 

Useful website

Please visit https://www.tue.nl/en/education/become-a-tue-student/ for futher information.



This page was last modified on 18 Sept. 2020