The Netherlands is a good destination for people looking for better job opportunities. An academic certificate from a Dutch-based institution can boost your CV. While attending a physical classroom is a good experience, it might not work if you need to balance work and school. Thanks to modern education technology, you can opt for an online course.

Advantages of Online Courses

Like the rest of the world, the Dutch education system has always favoured the brick-and-mortar setup. However, with the growth of the internet, online classes are gradually becoming a norm. A study by the Babson Survey Research Group found that about 33 per cent of college students take at least one course online. The research also showed that these classes are as effective, and sometimes even more efficient, than the traditional in-person classroom courses.

Some of the advantages of an online course are:

  • Your job will not suffer because of school work as you can schedule your study times during your free time.
  • You can study in a college or university in any part of the country from the comfort of your home.
  • You determine the pace of your study so it is possible to take a shorter time to complete than when attending physical classes.

Top Online Courses to Consider

Even though there are many online courses, some are more beneficial to expats than others. They include:

  • Course in the Dutch language: If you are moving to the Netherlands but cannot speak Dutch, then you should start here. It will not only help you on the streets or in the coffee shop but also boost your career as you will more easily communicate with colleagues and be able to express your ideas.
  • Courses in your current career: Opting for a course that will help you up the corporate ladder will be more beneficial than learning just for the sake of it. Studies show that 68 per cent of online students are experienced professionals.

How to Choose an Online College

Some of the key factors to consider when choosing a college are:

  • Language: If you need to study in the Netherlands, you will find about 2,100 courses offered in English.
  • Accreditation: Employers in the Netherlands only consider certificates from accredited learning institutions.
  • Flexibility: Part-time learning is the best arrangement if you must attend a live classroom at specific times of the day.
  • Fees: Some colleges offer financial aid to expats taking online courses, but you should still make sure tuition fees are within your budget.


Thanks to the internet, you can earn a degree without attending a traditional classroom. Use online courses to improve your employability in the competitive Dutch job market. It will be helpful to research extensively to determine the course that will be most beneficial to your stay in the Netherlands.

Recently Posted on

If you’re an expat living and looking for work in the Netherlands then there are some vital differences you should know about in regards to your job applications. In the Netherlands, as with most places in Europe, the norm is a CV rather than the resume which is commonly used in the United States amongst … Continue reading "The Difference Between a Resume and a CV"
Birthdays If you feel like skipping your birthday, you may be in for a challenge when relocating to the Netherlands, as birthdays are being held in high regard for children and adults alike. Most companies even keep a register of their employees’ birthdays so that none are forgotten and other companies even have a special … Continue reading "Gift giving in the Netherlands-all you need to know for those special moments"
Rain management With the Netherlands being a very rainy country, you will automatically have the title of ‘Rain Project Manager’ bestowed upon you when settling in this land. Rain boots and rain gear should be on top of your shopping list when relocating here. Furthermore, always carry a role of bin liner and a pair … Continue reading "Tips and tricks for Daily Life in the Netherlands"
House plants The Dutch are very fond of houseplants, the more the merrier! You will find the typical Dutch home filled with a large amount of house plants in all shapes, sizes and colours. Walking the average street, you will spot window sills with many houseplants on display. Placing two identical house plants next to … Continue reading "10 things you will find in every Dutch home"
Obtaining a mortgage as an expat in the Netherlands can be a complex process, as the requirements and regulations for obtaining a mortgage can vary depending on your citizenship and the type of residence you are looking to purchase. However, with the right preparation and understanding of the process, it is possible for expats to … Continue reading "Obtaining a Mortgage as an Expat in the Netherlands"
It is that time of year again; the new and annually-updated version of The Holland Handbook is here and ready to be enjoyed! Not only that, but this is the 23rd edition! More than twenty years ago, a modest group of three people sat around a table to discuss the possibility of creating a handbook … Continue reading "The Holland Handbook 2023"