The best answer you can get to this question is from the Indonesian students that have gone before you!
Ask them and you'll probably discover that they highly value the balance between two facts: the first one is the price-to-quality ratio of the educational institutes: did you know that Dutch programmes may be much cheaper than a similar study in the US, England or Australia? The second reason is the quality of student life: every student wants to look back on a memorable study period abroad, right?
But there are more interesting facts:
Suppose you would like to study for a business degree (Bachelor programme). Compare the global options for yourself:
The tuition fees from Australia, the US and GB are rounded to a thousand Euro’s, due to the currency conversion. You see, that you can save up to 3 times the tuition fee for a similar kind of degree!
There are various scholarships available to Indonesian students:
The Dutch government provides a residence permit for ‘orientation year highly educated persons’. Please find the conditions and how to apply on the website of the
Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Office (IND)
56% average of the Bachelor programmes is offered in English, and for Master programmes this is even 77%! Did you know that in this academic year (2019-2020) almost 95.000 international students from 170 different countries are studying in Holland? And this number will only increase with 34% in the next coming eight years. More than 25% of the students come from outside the European Union.
The top 10 Dutch universities are ranked in the top-200 of both Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020 as well as QS World University Rankings 2020. 14 universities are accredited by the Dutch government (NVAO) and thus assured of high quality. Research commissioned by the Dutch government shows that the main reason for international students to study in Holland is the quality and the availability of the education that is offered.
Holland is a small country. It takes only 3 hours to drive from Groningen (the biggest city in the north) to Maastricht (the biggest city in the south). And only 1,5 hours to get from The Hague to Arnhem! Which means that you can travel to Germany or Belgium and return to the Netherlands in one day! Ask international students and they will recommend the public transport in the Netherlands. The Thalys train will take you from Amsterdam to Paris in 3,5 hours!
There is enough ‘Asian flavour' in the Netherlands that helps you feel like your home country is close by! According to the Dutch national statistical office (CBS), there are more than 350.000 people living in the Netherlands with an Indonesian background. This explains why there are many toko’s, especially in the big cities: Amsterdam and Rotterdam even count 26 Asian toko’s! When it comes down to entertainment: people with an Asian background love to visit the yearly TongTong Fair in The Hague (80.000 visitors in 2019) and the Pasar Raya Indonesia, yearly held by the Indonesian Embassy with delicious Indonesian dishes and snacks, sold through the various street food stands (warung-warung). There is also a big international community in the Netherlands: 24% of the Dutch population has a migration background. And there are more than 200 different nationalities resided in the Netherlands. This diversity is also reflected in the many choices of restaurants in the bigger cities. So you won’t feel like a foreigner, but rather a global resident.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) has ranked the Netherlands number 1 on the list of countries that have the best work-life balance in Europe. And according to this same WEF has the Netherlands also overtaken Germany and Switzerland to be the fourth most competitive country in the world. The index looks at issues like a country’s infrastructure, ICT adoption, macroeconomic stability, health, skills and the labour market. The researchers stated that the Dutch economy has become much more agile due to "an entrepreneurial culture, flat organisations and growth of innovative companies”. The Netherlands takes the 6th place as 'happiest country in the world' according to the World Happiness Report from the United Nations, thanks to scoring well on aspects like prosperity and social support.
And last but not least, Lonely Planet has selected 10 top countries for their topicality, unique experiences and ‘wow’ factor. The Netherlands is granted 7th place and is praised for vibrant Amsterdam and the excellent train network that enables you to explore many stunning cities and celebrations. Also the wealth of nature that can be explored by the ever-growing network of cycling paths, which is good for sustainability reasons.