Netherland

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The Netherlands is part of mainland Europe, it sits in Western Europe with an extensive coastline to the North Sea and shares land borders with Germany and Belgium. The Netherlands is also known as Holland and was the first non-native English speaking country to offer courses taught in English to international students. Now almost all courses offered to international students are taught in English and Dutch, which is great if you’re planning on studying in the Netherlands.

Study in Netherlands is similar to other popular study abroad destinations in terms of duration:

  • Bachelors Degree (BA, BSc, BEng): 3-4 Years
  • Masters Degree (MA, MSc, MEng): 1-2 Years
  • PhD: 4 Years

The higher education system in the Netherlands is made up primarily of three different types of institution, each with a unique offering to an international student. These are Research Universities, Universities of Applied Science and Institutes for International Education.

Certain degrees levels are only available from each institution type.

  • Bachelors: Available at Research Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences
  • Masters: Available at all Institution types
  • PhDs: Available only at Research Universities

The Netherlands is an established and revered seat of higher education with 4 universities in the QS Top 100 Universities 2010/11, those institutions are University of Amsterdam, Leiden University, Utrecht University and Erasmus University Rotterdam. 
Use the course search above to find the right course for you.

The Netherlands is part of mainland Europe, it sits in Western Europe with an extensive coastline to the North Sea and shares land borders with Germany and Belgium. The Netherlands is also known as Holland and was the first non-native English speaking country to offer courses taught in English to international students. Now almost all courses offered to international students are taught in English and Dutch, which is great if you’re planning on studying in the Netherlands.

Study in Netherlands is similar to other popular study abroad destinations in terms of duration:

  • Bachelors Degree (BA, BSc, BEng): 3-4 Years
  • Masters Degree (MA, MSc, MEng): 1-2 Years
  • PhD: 4 Years

The higher education system in the Netherlands is made up primarily of three different types of institution, each with a unique offering to an international student. These are Research Universities, Universities of Applied Science and Institutes for International Education.

Certain degrees levels are only available from each institution type.

  • Bachelors: Available at Research Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences
  • Masters: Available at all Institution types
  • PhDs: Available only at Research Universities

The Netherlands is an established and revered seat of higher education with 4 universities in the QS Top 100 Universities 2010/11, those institutions are University of Amsterdam, Leiden University, Utrecht University and Erasmus University Rotterdam. Use the course search above to find the right course for you.

BELOW IS A LIST OF LINKS, WHICH WILL GET YOUR DETAILED INFORMATION ON EDUCATION IN NETHARLAND.

Higher education in the Netherlands is subsidised by the government and helps to keep tuition costs below that of the main study abroad destinations – USA, Australia and the UK. The qualifications will boost you career prospects as well as show you as an ‘out-of-the-box’ thinker for choosing a less well-known destination.

The Dutch are a welcoming nation of open minded and tolerant people and you will find a very diverse culture in most cities and their Universities. There is a lot to do and see in the country, some of which is described in the “About the Netherlands” section to the right. The country offers excellent transport links to other European countries which gives you the option of travelling and sight-seeing in other popular destinations such as France and Germany at a low cost during your time there. For more information on Studying in the Netherlands visit the official Nuffic Site.

The Netherlands Higher Education System

Structure of the Higher Educational System in The Netherlands Admissions to Higher Education in The Netherlands Types of Higher Education Institutions in The Netherlands Cycles of Higher Education in The Netherlands

Types of Higher Education Institutions

Higher education in the Netherlands is provided by three types of institution.

Government-funded institutions receive funding from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science or the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, and charge their students government-approved fees. There are 36 higher professional education institutions and 14 universities, including the Open University.

Legal entities providing higher education’ are covered by the terms of the Higher Education and Research Act but are not funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. They are free to decide on their own fees and admissions policy, although students must be in possession of a HAVO, MBO or VWO certificate. Students at these institutions are eligible for student support. Like government-funded institutions, legal entities providing higher education award bachelor’s and/or master’s degrees for courses that are accredited. A small number of these institutions (primarily for faith-based higher education) do receive funding. Many of the provisions of the Higher Education and Research Act do not apply to legal entities providing higher education.

Private-sector institutions are not covered by the Higher Education and Research Act. They include foreign universities and business schools to which Dutch government regulations do not apply.

Higher professional education

Higher professional education is provided at ‘hogescholen’ (institutions of higher professional education) and is for students aged around 17 and over. HBO institutions generally offer courses in several different fields.

The average size of HBO institutions is constantly increasing as a result not only of mergers but also of rising student numbers. There are 36 government-funded higher professional education institutions. In addition, there are about 60 legal entities providing higher professional education.

In addition to the range of initial courses of higher professional education, there are also a small number of advanced courses, most of which have been upgraded to master’s degree courses. These include art courses, courses in architecture, and teacher training courses in special education or leading to a grade 1 qualification in general subjects. These are open to students who have already completed a higher education programme.

University education

Degree courses are provided at 14 universities, including the Open University. Three universities – the universities of technology in Delft (TUD), Eindhoven (TUE) and Twente (UT) – focus predominantly on engineering and technology. Besides the 14 universities, there are a number of approved institutions, including six offering theological courses, one offering a degree course in humanism, and Nyenrode Business University.

  • First Cycle Programmes
  • Bachelor Types of programmes
Higher professional education

HBO institutions provide theoretical and practical training for occupations for which a higher vocational qualification is either required or useful. Graduates find employment in various fields, including middle and high-ranking jobs in trade and industry, social services, health care and the public sector. In higher professional education, research tends to be application-related. They have the following tasks:

  • to provide initial bachelor’s degree programmes;
  • to provide master’s degree programmes under certain conditions;
  • to transfer knowledge for the benefit of the community;
  • to contribute to the development of those occupations to which their teaching is geared;
  • to devote attention to students’ personal development and foster their sense of social responsibility;
  • within the framework of their responsibilities in the field of education, to train Dutch students to improve their communicative proficiency in Dutch.
University education

Universities combine academic research and teaching. University education focuses on training in academic disciplines, the independent pursuit of scholarship and the application of scholarly knowledge in the context of a profession and aims to improve understanding of the phenomena studied in the various disciplines and generate new knowledge.

Universities have the following tasks:

  • to provide initial courses in higher education (i.e. bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes);
  • to carry out research;
  • to train researchers and design engineers;
  • to transfer knowledge for the benefit of the community;
  • to devote attention to student’s personal development and foster their sense of social responsibility;
  • within the framework of their responsibilities in the field of education, to train Dutch students to improve their communicative proficiency in Dutch.

University education includes both the study of academic disciplines and specialised training for certain occupations.

A bachelor’s programme primarily trains students in academic disciplines. They acquire skills and specialised knowledge, as well as analytical ability. University education does not end with the completion of the three-year bachelor’s phase, however. Graduates may opt to get a job after obtaining their bachelor’s degree and then follow a master’s degree course later on, if they wish. Alternatively, they may proceed directly to a master’s programme. It is only then that they start to specialise. The master’s degree lays the foundation for an academic career, although many students go straight on to the labour market after completing their master’s degree.

Tuition fees and living expenses in the Netherlands

Dutch universities charge tuition fees for higher education programmes. Depending on their country of origin, students will pay somewhere between € 2,000 and € 20,000 for one study year. They can also expect to spend € 10,350 on accommodation, food and health insurance. To reduce expenses when studying in the Netherlands, students can apply for a scholarship or find a part-time job.
Tuition fees for Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in 2017-2018

Government-funded Dutch universities have two types of tuition fees, statutory and institutional.
Statutory fees are a fixed amount set by the Dutch government for all universities. Most students from the Netherlands and other EU/EEA countries must pay this type of fee for Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes. For 2017-2018, the statutory fee is set at € 2,006 per year.

Institutional fees are set by the university itself and are applicable to students from outside of the EU/EEA. The amount depends on specialisations and other conditions. On average, the institutional fee for 2017-2018 is between € 6,000 and € 20,000 per year.

Private university tuition fees are comparable to government-funded university fees. Preparatory courses are usually the same amount for both EU and non-EU students.

Please note that tuition fees usually don’t include the cost of study books, uniforms, internships, or other additional expenses. Depending on the programme, these extra fees range from € 500 to € 2,000 per year.
See a detailed breakdown of tuition fees at Dutch universities in the Eurogates database.

  • Bachelor’s programmes
  • Master’s programmes
Living expenses in the Netherlands

According to the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND), student needs € 10,412 per year (€ 867.68 per month) to cover living expenses including accommodation, food, health insurance, and transport costs in the Netherlands. International students who require a visa must have this amount in their bank account in order to start the Entry and Residence Procedure (TEV).This sum does not cover spending money for trips around Europe, going out to eat at restaurants, or other social activities (movies, drinks, museums, etc.).

Financial requirements

To receive a student visa, candidates must prove they have sufficient finances to live in the Netherlands for at least one year (€ 10,412). In most cases, they must transfer this sum to the university’s bank account prior to completing their visa application. Students will get access to these finances when they arrive in the country.

Students must also pay the tuition fee for the first study year before it begins. Deadlines for making the payment depend on the university. Some institutions allow payment to be made several weeks before courses begin while others require the payment to be made before applying for the student visa. Details regarding the tuition fee payment, including deadlines, can be found on each university’s website.

Reducing expenses

High-quality higher education is expensive. However, studying in the Netherlands is quite affordable compared to other countries like the UK or US. For example, tuition fees start at € 15,000 in the UK, three times more expensive than in the Netherlands. Living costs in the UK are also higher. Student needs to have at least € 1,380 per month to apply for a visa (versus € 867.68 in the Netherlands).

List of Universities

  • Universiteit van Amsterdam
  • TechnischeUniversiteit Delft
  • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
  • Universiteit Utrecht
  • UniversiteitTwente
  • TechnischeUniversiteit Eindhoven
  • WageningenUniversiteit
  • VrijeUniversiteit Amsterdam
  • Universiteit Leiden
  • RadboudUniversiteit Nijmegen
  • Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
  • Universiteit van Tilburg
  • Universiteit Maastricht
  • Hogeschool van Amsterdam
  • FontysHogescholen
  • Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen
  • Hogeschool Utrecht
  • Hanzehogeschool Groningen
  • SaxionHogescholen
  • Hogeschoolvoor de Kunsten Utrecht
  • AVANS Hogeschool
  • HogeschoolINHolland
  • Hogeschool Rotterdam
  • ChristelijkeHogeschoolWindesheim
  • NHTV internationaalhogeronderwijs Breda
  • ArtEZHogeschoolvoor de kunsten
  • Design Academy Eindhoven
  • HogeschoolZuyd
  • UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education
  • AmsterdamseHogeschoolvoor de Kunsten
  • NHL Hogeschool
  • Nyenrode Business Universiteit
  • KoninklijkeAcademie van BeeldendeKunsten Den Haag
  • Stendenhogeschool
  • Hogeschool Leiden
  • De HaagseHogeschool
  • HZ University of Applied Sciences
  • Hogeschool Van Hall Larenstein
  • ChristelijkeHogeschool Ede
  • TIAS School for Business and Society
  • UniversiteitvoorHumanistiek
  • Hotelschool Den Haag
  • Codarts Rotterdam
  • HAS Hogeschool
  • DriestarHogeschool
  • GerritRietveldAcademie
  • IselingeHogeschool
  • HogeschoolViaa
  • Hogeschool de Kempel
  • HogeschoolWittenborg
  • Hogeschool IPABO
  • IslamitischeUniversiteit Rotterdam
  • MarnixAcademie
  • Katholieke PABO Zwolle
  • AeresHogeschool
Student visas and work permits

Students planning to study in the Netherlands need a visa in most cases.

Short stay visa

For a stay of less than three months, a visa may be required, depending on your nationality. You can find information and advice on what is required of you on nuffic.nl, or by contacting your local Dutch consulate or embassy.

Long stay visa

For a stay exceeding three months, you need a provisional residence permit, (“Machtiging tot VoorlopigVerblijf”, abbreviated as “MVV”), unless you are a citizen of an EU/EEA member country, Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, the US and Switzerland. This requirement applies to citizens of all other countries. The MVV allows you to enter the Netherlands; however, you must apply for a Residence Permit on arrival.

You will be granted a provisional residence permit under following circumstances:

  • You have a valid passport
  • You have sufficient financial means
  • You are not a danger to public order or national security in the Netherlands
  • The required fees are paid
  • You have a letter or other document from the Dutch host institution stating that you are or will be enrolled as a student or that you are going to do and internship
  • For interns: you have a copy of the application for a work permit if applicable
  • For Chinese students: you have a Nuffic certificate, necessary to follow study programmes which are taught in English

The application process for an MVV could take between three to six months, so it is important to start the process in good time. You can find more information on nuffic.nl or by contacting your local Dutch consulate or embassy.

Residence permit

You are obliged to obtain a residence permit to study in the Netherlands if you are a citizen of a non-EU/EAA country or Switzerland and are planning to stay in the Netherlands for more than three months. It is very important to arrive to the Netherlands with the correct visa; if you arrive on a short stay visa you won’t be able to apply for a resident permit. The residence permit has to be applied for within five days on arriving to the Netherlands.

Upon successful completion of your program of higher education in the Netherlands, you may apply for a residence permit valid for five years. To do this, you must have a contract of employment.

Working while studying in the Netherlands

Many students choose to work while pursuing their education in the Netherlands. Depending on their nationality, students may work for a limited amount of hours/week with a work permit from their employer.

EU/EEA/Swiss nationals are allowed to work in the Netherlands as many hours as they choose while studying. The employer does not need to provide a work permit for this. Foreign students (non EU/EEA/Swiss) with a valid residence permit are allowed to work either full-time seasonal work in June, July and August, or part-time work of no more than ten hours a week outside the summer period. The employer does need to provide a work permit, but it is an easy process, since the employer does not need to prove that there are no Dutch or EU/EAA/Swiss nationals capable of doing the job.

Bulgarian and Roman nationals are also allowed to work while studying in the Netherlands for as many hours as they like while studying. However, the employer does need to provide them with a work permit and also need to show that there are no EU/EEA/Swiss nationals capable of doing the job. Since this is a very difficult process, nationals from Bulgaria and Rumania are advised to work no more than the allowed ten hours/week outside the summer period or fulltime during the summer months of June, July and August. In doing this, the work permit is a lot easier to obtain.

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