Why should I study in the Netherlands?

Through the centuries the Netherlands has been a country of international trade and cooperation. Its people are said to be amongst the happiest on earth...

How to Study in the Netherlands

The Dutch border touches Belgium and Germany to the South and East respectively as well as the North Sea. This founding member of the European Union is probably best known for its vast system of cycle lanes running through the entire country – as well as its tulip fields and windmills!

The Netherlands' Higher Education System

The Dutch higher education system is structured in a binary system. You can choose between two types of education: research-oriented education focusing research, offered by universities - and higher professional education focussing professional practice, offered by universities of applied sciences. In addition, there is a third branch, called institutes for international education, designed mainly for international students.

Due to the reforms of Bologna, the Dutch higher education system is based on the bachelor’s-master’s degree structure. At both, research universities and universities of applied sciences, you can award a bachelor's or a master's degree.

The Netherlands' Higher Education System in international comparison

In the following, you will see how Dutch higher education institutions are performing on the institutional level. Based on the U-Multirank dimensions the graphic depicts the national average and represents how many of the Dutch institutions are doing better than the average (receiving an ‘A’ (very good) or ‘B’ (good) score), or below the average (receiving a ‘D’ (below average) or ‘E’ (weak) score).

International Orientation and teaching & learning Particular strengths of the Dutch higher education institutions participating in U-Multirank are international orientation and teaching & learning.

National performance: The Netherlands

Percent of all Universities 100% 80% 60% 40% < below Average above > 40% 60% 80% 100% Teaching & Learning 15% 49% Research 40% 43% Knowledge Transfer 52% 41% International Orientation 23% 62% Regional Engagement 23% 38%

How much does it cost to study in the Netherlands?

Tuition fees in the Netherlands are determined by the national law. All students studying full-time pay study fees of € 2,060 per (study) year. The fees for part-time or dual studies vary between 1,185 € and 2,060 € per year depending on the university. For further information about the tuition fees click here.

All EU/EEA-citizens, Swiss and Surinam citizens are entitled to take a tuition fee loan from the Dutch Government of up to the statutory fee. This is 2,060 € for the academic year 2018/2019.

A comparison specifically aimed at UK students interested in studying in the Netherlands is available here.  For Non-EU students, the average tuition fee for an undergraduate degree is between 6,000 € and 15,000 €, for a graduate degree between 8,000 € and 20,000 €.

How to get a Scholarship in the Netherlands?

Are you looking for a financial solution or assistance for your studies in the Netherlands? For more information regarding scholarships in the Netherlands, please click here

What are the entry requirements for Dutch universities?

In general, anyone who successfully passed their domestic university entrance exam is entitled to study at a Dutch university. There are, however, exceptions for some courses/subjects, and a ‘Numerus Fixus’ applies. Universities publish these on their own websites. As yet, the Numerus Fixus does not apply to most courses/subject taught in English.

Do I need a Student Visa for the Netherlands?

In general, you will need to meet the following conditions: You need to have a valid passport and you need to provide a signed antecedent’s certificate. All students from non-exempt nationalities must pass a tuberculosis test. Moreover, you must have (provisionally) been accepted at a university or university of applied sciences as a student to a full-time accredited day programme. This university or university of applied sciences is a recognised sponsor. Recognised educational institutions are listed in the Public Register of Recognised Sponsors. As an important point, you have to give evidence of sufficient funds for the period of study. While studying, you need to achieve at minimum 50% of the compulsory credits for each academic year.

Key highlights for students interested in studying in the Netherlands

The Netherlands’ higher education performance in U-Multirank

  1. In its 2018 edition U-Multirank presents data on 53 Dutch higher education institutions.
  2. In a globally comparative perspective, Dutch higher education institutions show a strong performance in the dimensions Teaching and Learning as well as in International Orientation.
  3. The Netherlands is the only country in which all universities reached at least 10 top group positions each.
  4. The highest number of top scores in the Netherlands are achieved by:
  5. Five Dutch institutions are among the global top 25 universities performing in U-Multirank’s 2018 edition in one or more of the top lists:

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