Education system in Netherlands has repute for holding to its traditions and a good standing. National university credentials are globally acknowledged to be one of hallmarks in the business market.

List of Universities in Netherlands

Information is exploratory. For accurate information, refer to the official website of the school.
621Utrecht UniversityUtrecht12,688 USD19,609 USD
652University of AmsterdamAmsterdam9,228 USD13,841 USD
813University of GroningenGroningen9,228 USD14,995 USD
844Leiden UniversityLeiden12,111 USD16,148 USD
1275Delft University of TechnologyDelft11,534 USD17,302 USD
1346VU University AmsterdamAmsterdam12,688 USD14,418 USD
1367Erasmus University RotterdamRotterdam8,074 USD13,841 USD
1378Radboud University NijmegenNijmegen8,074 USD11,534 USD
1559Wageningen University and Research CentreWageningen14,418 USD17,302 USD
18710Maastricht UniversityMaastricht9,228 USD13,841 USD

Advantages of study in the Netherlands

  • up-market European background and demand of such diploma on international level
  • multifunctional educational environment
  • affordable tuition and accessibility of scholarship programmes
  • opportunities to work during study
  • more than one and a half thousand international programmes in English language
  • calm and peaceful environment in the country
  • broad options to promote career upon study
The Netherlands is the first non-English speaking country to offer degree course schemes in English language. This is one of major points to draw on applicants. Courses and training programmes available cover a huge range of areas of specialization. The key concentration of schooling is practical skills. On the top of it, these courses are designed for students who long for specific-purpose skills and knowledge. These courses are mostly preferred for the ideal blend of theory and practical work both in modeled cases and in actual environment.

The education pattern in the Netherlands is rather cooperative for it is student-oriented. Consideration and freedom of choice is what first and foremost attract students. This facilitates formation of personal statements and improvement of creative thinking to be a good resource when knowledge is applied in future.

English proficiency courses in the Netherlands

English proficiency courses are available at lots of schools and other institutions. They are affordable both for beginners and applicants who make preparations to IELTS or TOEFL exams. The tuition structure is made of the following:
  • individual programmes
  • language learning courses
  • courses rated to different intensity levels designed by particular schedule
  • pre-university English proficiency courses.
Language proficiency courses in the country offer services for the year round except for summer prep-courses.

University admission procedure

Below find the admission procedure pattern related to the Dutch universities:
  • Selection of the university and tuition program
  • Pick-up of admission documents required
  • English language proficiency exam (TOEFL or IELTS)
If the applicant fails to pass the English language proficiency exams to study at the Dutch university, the national prep courses are offered to qualify the skills and pass all required exams. This is a great option to get to know to the life in the country. Moreover, universities allow scholarships for students for the following years of study if the exams are passed accordingly.
This is good to remember that prep programme requires good IELTS or TOEFL results with the particular credits for admission (the minimum credit value varies depending on the curriculum level chosen by the applicant).

Documents required for admission

  • Application form
  • Leaving Certificate or Higher Education Diploma, either a letter to confirm attendance of the tertiary education institution
  • English language proficiency certificate
  • Reference letters given by academic staff
  • Essay in English language on the topic suggested by the university of choice
In most cases, entrance exams are not compulsory to enroll to universities in the Netherlands. The must is the language exam passed as a writing test though this is not required by all universities but those that aim to Economics and Finance.
Master programmes require the same area of specialization qualified by Bachelor’s degree.

Educational programmes in the Netherlands

The country adopts three-level system of tertiary education, namely Bachelor, Master and Doctorate programmes. The tuition program is designed by the number of credits required to complete study and get the degree. The number of credits depends on the area of concentration. On average, the Bachelor degree is awarded upon completion of 180- 240 credits (for 3-4 years). Then the student is awarded the degree, say, Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Bachelor of Arts in English language.

Master’s level requires 60 to 120 credits. Upon the completion the graduate is granted Master of Arts or Master of Science with the majoring concentration mentioned.

Scholarships and grants in the Netherlands

The government and tertiary education institutions specify particular scholarship programs for students with perfect academic performance. Such scholarships are available for future bachelors and masters. These amounts partly or fully cover the tuition.

Some national universities take the responsibility to fully cover the tuition costs though it relates to only highly-motivated and highly-skilled students. In some particular cases, scholarship amounts are enough to cover accommodation and other costs which make it possible to study in the foreign country almost for free.
Full-time students from European zone countries are eligible to get a student loan to repay to the Dutch government within 10 years upon diploma award. The loan amount makes 266 Euros per month.

Requirements to get a Student Visa

An applicant has to prove his or her creditworthiness to get a student visa. That means that the amount of at least 800 Euros per month should be available to cover costs of the student-to-be. The applicant has also to submit payment receipts and evidence on availability of accommodation in the country. The following documents will be required to prove financial resources:
  • a letter of grant or a scholarship confirmation from the university
  • a bank statement to prove the amount required
  • in case of sponsor support, the bank statement should specify the amount of financial aid and the length of aiding
When all the documents are collected, the student visa application form is completed and submitted. It takes 1 to 2 months to get a Student Visa.

Employment during study

Students in the Netherlands can get a job for up to 10 hours a week. On holidays the employment may be full-time. Students get a work permit providing they have a recommendation letter from the employer or the university administration.

Outlooks for future upon study completion

With the diploma awarded upon completion of studies, the graduate is entitled to apply for the document to evidence his or her qualification as the specialist in the specific area. This certificate is issued at the Nuffic. This document specifies detailed information on disciplines and courses completed by the student. This is useful for future employers to make a pattern on the specialist’s area and level of qualification to facilitate career promotion and other perspectives. The diploma description is also convenient for the graduate who plans to continue with studies in other countries. The university of choice has the chance to pick up all data on courses and curriculums completed by the graduate. The Dutch graduates are offered to stay in the country for 12 month longer as the kennismigrant which stands for the qualified immigrant upon study. This is due time for the graduate to seek for a job in the chosen area.
Netherlands - General information
RegionWestern Europe
Statistics - Education
Popularity rating in the world11
Ranking of universities in the world5
Academic Reputation 11
Employer Reputation 8
Quality of teaching 10
International Faculty 7
International Students 9
Citations per Faculty 8
Statistics - Universities
Universities in top 100 4
Universities in top 200 10
Universities in top 500 13
Universities in top 1000 13
Universities in top 5000 32
Cost of living in Netherlands
Expenses - USD/Month.Min.Med.
Accommodation 327 446
Food 189 424
Transportation 68 211
Communications and utilities 76 102
Clothing 28 106
Sports and leisure 21 91
Accommodation in Netherlands USD/Month.
Shared room outside of centre331
Shared room in city centre451
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre604
1 bedroom apartment in city centre822
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