Studying in the Netherlands (Holland) is your first step towards a succesful career. Why? Universities from the Netherlands enjoy an excellent reputation among employers and academics worldwide. With 10 universities in the top 200 of the leading university rankings, "the Netherlands are continental Europe's primary power in higher education" (The Times). Affordable tuition fees make Holland an attractive study destination and a wide range of scholarships makes higher education easily accessible to many international students. And with over 1,500 English taught study programs on offer at bachelor, master and PhD level, you are spoilt for choice
At this point, over 40,000 international students study in the Netherlands.
The education system in the Netherlands consists of 3 types of universities
that offer bachelor, master and PhD programs. There is a fundamental difference between the types of universities. This difference has to do with the focus of education, the lenght of the programs and the degree that is awarded upon completion of a study program. The education system in the Netherlands comprises:
Read more about the Education System in the Netherlands
Accreditation and quality control form the basis of a reliable education system
. The Dutch Ministry of Education is responsible for the quality of all higher education in the Netherlands. The Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO)
is responsible for accreditating all degree programs. Programs that meet the highest standards are listed in a Central Register (CROHO). This comprehensive system of accreditation and quality control makes studying in the Netherlands a safe bet.
Read more about Accreditation
Studying in the Netherlands is synonymous with excellent value for money. Education is not free of charge but tuition fees are reasonably priced. In comparison to the UK (market leader in Europe) tuition fees are very affordable. For the academic year 2012-2013, EU students pay around 1.750 euros per year for a bachelor or master program. In the UK and US, students pay around 10,000 to 15,000 euros for a bachelor or master program. In the Netherlands, Non-EU students pay more but on average still around 30% less than in the UK.
Read more about Value for Money
University rankings are key indicators of education and research quality. They play an important role in students' assessment of universities. Universities from the Netherlands have claimed their spot among the best performing institutions in the world. According to the influential Times Higher ranking, 12 of the 14 Dutch research universities are in the European top 80 and the world's top 200. This makes the Netherlands the 3rd best performing country in the world university rankings. This is also one of the reasons why studying in the Netherlands has become so popular with international students.
Read more about University Rankings
If you want to study in the Netherlands and pursue a bachelor degree, you will need to meet a set of general admission requirements. Although all universities have their own specific admission requirements, some criteria are the same for all schools. In order to get admitted to a bachelor program you will need to have a high school diploma that is (roughly) equivalent to the Dutch high school diploma.
The Bachelor Admission page provides you with an overview of diplomas that are considered equivalent to the Dutch secondary school diploma.
Master degree programs in the Netherlands come in several shapes and forms. Research Universities
and Institutes for International Education
offer master and research master programs. Most master programs take 1 year to complete whereas research master programs have a research component and last 2 years. Upon completion you will be awarded with an officially accredited MA, MSc. LLM or MBA degree. If you study for a master degree at a University of Applied Sciences
in the Netherlands you will ususally be able to complete it within one year. This will earn you a recognized professional Master degree.
Read more about Master Degree Programs in the Netherlands
Students who wish to study for a Master degree in the Netherlands will need to have a diploma that is equivalent to a Dutch Bachelor degree. Having the right diploma is not the only requirement. Most Dutch universities have their own specific admission requirements which usually include having passed an English test, a GMAT exam (for MBA programs) or a GRE test (for Science and Engineering programs).
The Master Admission page provides you with an overview of diplomas that are considered equivalent to the Dutch Bachelor diploma.
If you are considering to study in the Netherlands in order to obtain a PhD degree, you will need to have at least a master degree from a recognized university. There are no other official requirements (except maybe having a satisfactory English test score) for being admitted to a PhD program. It is usually the professor who decides whether you can enrol in the program. Admission procedures tend to differ from one university to the other. You are therefore advised to approach the university directly.
The PhD Admission page provides you with an overview of diplomas that are considered equivalent to the Dutch Master diploma.
In order to get admitted to an English taught study program in the Netherlands, all non-native speakers will need to take an English Test. There are 2 types of tests that are accepted by Dutch Universities: TOEFL and IELTS. Both tests assess the students English proficiency of the 4 core competencies: reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Read more about the English Test: TOEFL and IELTS
Every year, around 35,000 international students come to study in the Netherlands. You might wonder what all these students have to say about their experience?! At educationfair.nl you can find out for yourself.
Read all about the Study in the Netherlands Experience
or add your own.