In the Netherlands, every PhD student gets paid a salary; no additional grants are needed. Moreover, even though NETWORKS offers an extensive training program that allows you to expand your knowledge and skills (see above), there are no exams or course requirements. Hence, PhD students are more like employees than like students. Your work as a PhD student may include being a teaching assistant (TA) in BSc or MSc courses offered at your institution. This amounts to up to 15% of the time; the remaining time is spent on research and research-related activities such as the training program. As an international PhD student you need not speak Dutch: it is easy to get by with English, not only at the university but also in everyday life.