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Studying Mechanical Engineering

As its name suggests, mechanical engineering deals with design and production of machines. Machines come in all shapes and sizes—not only are they found in factories, but they also take the form of vehicles, air conditioners and power generators.

Mechanical engineers design, produce, maintain and recycle machines and devices that power our modern economies.

Most courses require you complete an internship, a work placement or a project. This is a great chance to gain relevant work experience and build a professional network in the Netherlands.

Some of the most popular universities in the Netherlands include:

  • University of Twente
  • Radboud University, Nijmegen
  • Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Eindhoven
  • Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences
  • CEG (affiliated to University of Amsterdam and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences)

Salary and Career Prospects

Mechanical engineers are employed by transport companies, electricity and power companies, utilities, mining companies, manufacturing sector, the government and academia.

Some of the roles they take up are Mechanical Engineer, Project Engineer, Process Engineer, Principal Test Engineer and Propulsion Support Engineer.

Salaries vary based on job role, industry, experience, qualifications, skills and location. As a guide, mechanical engineering professionals earn around €39,000 a year (31 lakhs INR).

Why study in the Netherlands?

The Netherlands is fast establishing itself as a popular destination for international students. Its universities are among the most prestigious in the world, with 12 ranking in top 250 in QS World Rankings 2019.

The Netherlands or Holland, as it’s also known, is among the world’s most developed and industrialised countries. It has spawned conglomerates like Shell, ING Group, Unilever and Phillips. In addition to these, several tech, banking and financial services giants like Cisco, Tesla, HSBC and Microsoft operate out of here.

Amsterdam, the capital, is among the world’s biggest and most beautiful cities. Running along its pretty canals are spectacular museums and art galleries, grand hotels, cafes and restaurants, luxury retail stores and entertainment venues.

The country is a popular tourist destination, with millions of tourists drawn to its tulip gardens, historic cities, beautiful palaces and scenic countryside views complete with windmills.

Dutch is the national language, although most people living in big cities can speak fluent English.

International graduates are able to apply for a post-study work permit lasting one year.

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