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Education System in the Netherlands

The higher education system in the Netherlands (Holland) is traditionally composed of Research Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences. Research universities focus on the development of academic and research skills. Universities of applied sciences offer professional education that combines the teaching of both practical skills and theoretical expertise. There are also a number of Institutes for International Education. These institutions offer highly specialized education in fields such as Development Studies and Water Management.

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Research Universities in the Netherlands

Research universities in the Netherlands are institutions of tertiary education that can rival the best in the world, according to the university rankings. Their primary focus is on academic education and scientific research. They are accredited by the Dutch Government and offer bachelor, master and PhD degree programs.

Research universities from the Netherlands work in close cooperation with the Dutch and international private and corporate sector, as well as with technological institutes. This ensures that students are being well prepared for careers in science and industry. International students that study in the Netherlands are well trained and highly sought after by international employers. 

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Universities of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands

Universities of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands are schools of professional education. They focus on the practical application of knowledge and offer professional bachelor and master degree programs. Students get hands-on work experience through internships, which make up an integral part of the curriculum. The Netherlands has 45 government-funded universities of applied sciences.

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Institutes for International Education in the Netherlands

Institutes for International Education in the Netherlands have been offering specialized study programs for more than 50 years. These programs are basically advanced courses taught in English in fields such as urban development, social and geo-sciences and water management, to name but a few. Institutes for International Education mostly offer master programs and degrees. Some institutes offer bachelor and PhD programs.

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Dutch Higher Education Video

This video gives you a good idea about the education system and study possibilities in the Netherlands


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