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Study in Netherlands

Information about studying in Netherlands

For the essential information about studying in Netherlands and applying for higher education programmes, visit the Study in Netherlands website.

Quick facts

  • Population: 16,829,289 (2014)
  • Capital: Amsterdam
  • Geographical size: 41,540 km2
  • GDP: € 602,658 billion (2013)
  • Official EU language(s): Dutch
  • Currency: Euro

Higher education in Netherlands

  • Number of higher education institutions:62
  • Number of students in higher education: 685,000 (2012, Euromonitor International from national statistics/UNESCO)
  • Number of international students in higher education: 55,420 (2012, UNESCO)
  • Language of instruction: Netherlands offers more than 2100 English-taught study programmes and courses covering a broad range of fields. All programmes and courses lead to a Bachelor's, Master's or doctoral/PhD degree, a diploma or certificate. For those students who master the Dutch language, Netherlands also offers many different programmes in Dutch.
  • Typical course tuition fees: In Netherlands tuition fees are relatively low, compared with English-speaking countries. Annual tuition fees for a degree programme or course at a Dutch higher education institution start at € 1,900 for students from the European Union (EU). The cost of programmes and courses for non-EU students are generally higher.
    • Typical tuition fee for EU-students:
      • Bachelor's degree: €1,951
      • Master's degree: €1,951
    • Typical tuition fee for non EU-students:
      • Bachelor's degree: (average) €6,000 – €15,000
      • Master's degree (average) €8,000 – € 20,000

    More information is available from the studyfinder.nl online database.

  • Student visas and immigration
  • Scholarships and financial support :
  • Average length of a full-time higher education programme in Netherlands:
    • Bachelor's degree programme: 3 - 4 years
    • Master's degree programme: 1 – 2 years
    • Doctorate/PhD: 4 years

Find out more about tuition fees from the Study in the Netherlands website

  • Student visas and immigration
  • Scholarships and financial support
  • Average length of a full-time higher education programme in the Netherlands:
    • Bachelor's degree programme: 3 - 4 years
    • Master's degree programme: 1 - 3 years
    • Doctorate/PhD: 3 - 4 years

Overview

Netherlands stands out for its great inventiveness, its problem-solving attitude and its openness to the world. Studying in Netherlands offers you the space to be a pioneer, be creative and get connected.

Research has shown that international students choose Netherlands because of the academic quality and the cosmopolitan atmosphere.

The Netherlands is the largest provider of English-taught study programmes in mainland Europe with more than 2,100 international study programmes available.

Netherlands offers a large variety of study programmes in different disciplines: degree programmes, short courses, summer courses, and so on. All programmes and courses lead to a Bachelor's, Master's or doctoral/PhD degree, a diploma or certificate. Whatever type of student you are, chances are that you will find the programme that matches your preference and situation.

For more information about study programmes and courses, please visit the Study in Netherlands website.

The Dutch teaching style is interactive and student-centred. It focuses on teamwork, which makes it easy to meet other international students. A large part of all study programmes is dedicated to writing papers and working in groups to analyse and solve specific problems. You will also have a chance to get practical work experience through internships or do experiments in laboratories, depending on the field of study.

Life in Netherlands is not expensive compared with English-speaking countries, and tuition fees are relatively low. With the renowned quality of education and the comparatively low cost of living, studying in Netherlands will give you true value for money. There are many sources of funding available to you for studying in Netherlands.

Our online search engine Grantfinder gives you a complete overview of all scholarships available for studying in Netherlands.