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Institution Types

State/Public Uni

Most Common

Private Uni

A small number

Undergraduate Only

Some - the university colleges

Junior College

Not Available

Arts Schools

Several, and some specialist programmes or partnerships at research universities

Business Schools

A small number of private institutions, including a hotel school

American Schools

1 in Leiden

Research Focused

There are 18 research universities offering an academic education

Teaching Focused

Good to Know

With more than 2000 courses available, universities in the Netherlands offer the greatest choice of courses taught in English in mainland Europe. This is in addition to the courses offered in Dutch. When this is combined with a high quality of higher education, comparatively low fees for both EU and international students, and some world-leading universities, it is an attractive destination for our students. There are two types of institution in the Netherlands: research universities and universities of applied sciences. At the former, the education tends to be more theoretical, while at a UAS you could expect a more practical education, perhaps with more project work, integrated internships and more direct relevance to the world of work.
There are very few private institutions in the Netherlands, and the education culture is one of relatively open access. This means that passing the first year is very important; the binding study advice (BSA) is in place after the first year at many universities. If students don’t meet this, they may have to transfer elsewhere and not reapply to that course. To help students make the right choice, many institutions have ‘matching’ classes or questionnaires.
The Netherlands is a welcoming country for non-Dutch students. English is very widely spoken, and currently there is a possibility to stay for an ‘orientation’ year to establish a career and apply for residency.

Degree Length

Bachelors degrees last for 3 years at research universities and 4 years at a UAS, although it is sometime possible to follow an accelerated programme and graduate in 3 years.

Education Model

All models of education can be found in the Netherlands. Most research universities and UAS offer single honours degrees and interdisciplinary and problem-based learning are very well developed. Of note are the Liberal Arts and Sciences programmes offered at the 9 university colleges: small, residential colleges within research universities offering a US-style liberal arts education. There are also performing arts conservatoires and specialist school of fine and applied arts.

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Gap Years

Placements

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Application Process

Application process

Grade Conversion

The IB is widely accepted in the Netherlands and regarded as equivalent to the national curriculum (VWO). Most universities will publish IB entry requirements. Note that Standard Level Mathematics Applications and Interpretations is not accepted by a lot of the business, STEM and psychology courses at Dutch research universities.

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Grade Conversion
Research Resources

Research Resources

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Studielink

Application Portal

Studielink is the enrolment portal for the Netherlands which the majority of universities use as the first phase of the application process

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Global Scholarships

Database

Global Scholarships is a database holding lots of scholarships which are available to students who would like to study at university. This is a global database so holds scholarship information for a wide range of different countries.

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The University Colleges

Explore

A pdf overview of each of the University Colleges in the Netherlands. It includes a handy comparison table and enables you to quickly find which colleges offer the combination of subjects you are interested in.

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Studie Keuze 123

Explore

Studie Keuze 123 is a search engine for Dutch students looking for courses and universities where the programs are taught in Dutch.

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Study in Holland

Explore

Study in Holland allows you to search for degrees taught in English in the Netherlands. There are some filters and make sure you set the selection to undergraduate otherwise it will return Masters courses as well.

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GoToUniversity

Explore Options

This site is run by a company that supports university applications and whilst its university database is not exhaustive, within the application requirements tab on each university profile they have the average IB scores accepted and where available the application success rate.
They also have average living costs for the area, rankings overviews and some scholarship information.
Be aware that they list programs in all languages, not just English and the IB scores and success rate percentages are averages across the whole institution. However, they are a good indicator if the university does not publish more detailed information.

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IEFA

Finance

A global resource for students wanting to study internationally to find scholarships and grant opportunities

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Costs

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Funding

finance

Universities

Explore the university profiles for this country on the CareersExplore Platform.

Universities
Amsterdam University College (AUC)

AUC is a small-scale Liberal Arts and Sciences college that combines a close community of motivated learners with the energy and resources of the global city of Amsterdam.

Liberal Arts and Science (Major/minor Model)

City Campus, City Island Campus

Small Institution <5000

Areas of Study

English & Media
Language & Culture
Liberal Arts & Sciences
Mathematics
Medicine & Healthcare
Sciences
Society & Social Sciences

School of Economics and Business at the University of Amsterdam

Studying in the vibrant, yet small city of Amsterdam (800.000 inhabitants), with its 180 different nationalities, is an unforgettable experience.

UvA is a research focused institution that offers more than 200 programmes in different disciplines

City Island Campus

Very Large Institution >30,000

Areas of Study

Business

Amsterdam School of International Business (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences)

One of the largest business schools in the Netherlands that is accredited by EFMD in a personal and small environment.

Applied learning with a single subject focus

City Campus, City Island Campus

Small Institution <5000

Areas of Study

Business
English & Media

Hotelschool the Hague

Want to study and work abroad, and don't want a 9-5? Discover your potential at Hotelschool the Hague, the Netherlands

There is a strong emphasis on group work and entrepreneurial thinking

City Campus

Small Institution <5000

Areas of Study

Business

Leiden University

Are you curious, critical and involved in the world around you? At Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, you can make a valuable contribution to tackling the various national and international challenges facing modern society through one of our 16 English-taught bachelors.

Leiden University offers a mix of focused, inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary programmes.

City Campus

Very Large Institution >30,000

Areas of Study

Art & Design, Computing & ICT, English & Media, Language & Culture, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Sciences, Society & Social Sciences, Performing Arts

Maastricht University

Study real world problems together with students from all over the world in a cosy, historic town.

Education system is Problem-based Learning. For BA’s we have three liberal arts degrees and 16 focused degrees.

City Campus

Large Institution 15,000-30,000

Areas of Study

Business
Computing & ICT
Engineering
English & Media
Liberal Arts & Sciences
Mathematics
Medicine & Healthcare
Sciences
Society & Social Sciences

Tilburg University

On our modern, green campus just outside the city centre there is room for all perspectives.

Tilburg University offers singe subject focus degree, such as Economics or Psychology, as well as interdisciplinary, such as Global Management of Social Issues or Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence, and an even more flexible Liberal Arts & Sciences program.

Suburban Campus

Medium Institution 5000-15,000

Areas of Study

Business
Computing & ICT
English & Media
Liberal Arts & Sciences
Mathematics
Society & Social Sciences

University College Utrecht

Explore your academic interests, combine different subjects and study and live together with people from all over the world on our residential campus in the lively city of Utrecht!

Liberal Arts and Science: Compose a multi-disciplinary curriculum, 230+ classes in humanities, science and social science

City Island Campus

Small Institution <5000

Areas of Study

English & Media
Language & Culture
Liberal Arts & Sciences
Mathematics
Medicine & Healthcare
Performing Arts
Sciences
Society & Social Sciences

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