Study in The Netherlands

Innovative education and multicultural environment

The Netherlands, in northwestern Europe, is famous for its canals, tulip fields and cycling routes. On top of that, the country has made a name for itself as an innovative and rigorous education provider. If you choose to study in the Netherlands, you will be in an international studying and living environment.

An international student does not experience a language barrier in The Netherlands, since the Dutch can speak English. It has been said that the Dutch are the best non-native English speakers in the world. This makes everyday life easier. Moreover, this selection of apps have proven to help day to day life.

Study in the Netherlands

Higher education

Dutch higher education has two branches. Students can choose a research-oriented education provided by Universities or a higher professional education provided by Universities of Applied Sciences. A research university aims at academic lectures. Meanwhile, practical learning and specific career-oriented methods of learning are the central focus of the Universities of Applied Sciences. Apart from those two main branches, a third and smaller higher education provider is the institute for international education, particularly designed for international students.

In spite of the distinction between these three types of higher education, they have to meet the same mission and vision of the Dutch education requirements. Most programs consist of work placement experiences and team projects.

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How to apply?

The first step is finding the perfect university and a suitable degree programme for you. We recommend you to dive into Study Advisory’s university search. You can find the university profiles there, where a link is given to the university’s own website, where you will find the study programmes they offer, detailed entry requirements and application dates for each of the study programs.

The second step is to visit the institution’s website for the programme of your choice and check their entry requirements. The entry requirements vary depending on the programme you are applying for. More information about the entry requirements can be found at the university’s own website. When you meet their requirements, you can submit an enrolment application in Studielink. If you’re still hesitating between several studies, it is possible to apply for multiple study programmes and withdraw when you have found the suitable study program for yourself. The deadline for this enrolment application is the first of May. Make sure you’re on time!

Your institution will then send you a notification of acceptance, if you meet the requirements. Should you have any questions about your acceptance, contact the institution directly.

Tuition fees

The standard tuition fees in the Netherlands are around €2,000 a year for most courses. This tuition fee is for all students with a European nationality. For students who do not have a European nationality, fees are a lot higher since they are not subsidised. Students who do not have a European nationality would be looking at around €8,000 a year. Most Dutch universities offer students two ways of paying tuition fees. Students can either pay the full fees up front or in 10 monthly instalments of around €200 per month.

It will be obvious where your fees are going as Universities in the Netherlands have invested in:

  • Well-designed, modern courses
  • New buildings and facilities
  • Computers that actually work
  • Lecturers who know their students personally

Student accommodation

Housing costs depend on the location and size of the room. The average price is around €350 per month. This Facebook group might come in handy if you are looking for an affordable room to stay in.

Student life

Student life happens off campus and the Dutch higher education community pursues to be part of the society and is not isolated from it. You will find many pubs, restaurants and cafes where students usually hang out. When you study in The Netherlands, you will attend many big cultural events which are very common in every city.

Each university has a network of student run associations you can join for academic activities and recreation. The two largest international student associations are AIESEC and the Erasmus Student Network (esn).

On-campus accommodation is not common in The Netherlands. Exchange students are offered affordable accommodation is student dorms. It is advised to search for housing as soon as possible.

Dutch universities recommended by Study Advisory

Erasmus University Rotterdam boasts more than 100 years of experience helping Bachelor, Master, and PhD students pursue their ambitions in the areas of wealth, health, governance, and culture. Erasmus University Rotterdam holds a consistent top 100 position in influential rankings such as Times Higher Education, National Taiwan University, and Center for World University Rankings.  It has also been ranked 95th by Emerging-Trendence for the employability of its graduates. The university (link to its own website here) is known for the pragmatic approach and its entrepreneurial vibe close to the centre of this melting pot city.

University of Applied Sciences Utrecht (Hogeschool Utrecht, HU) provides excellent curricula for ambitious students. The number of HU  students studying abroad has increased by 13% year on year in 2016. Good to know that Utrecht is a very student-friendly town with about one quarter of the population. Link to HU’s own website here.

Top 3 reasons to study in the Netherlands:

  • Innovative & forward-thinking education in a multicultural environment
  • More than 1.500 study programs in English
  • International work experience from various projects


  • Get a bike with working lights and enjoy the Dutch lifestyle.
  • Punctuality is essential for both social and work affairs.
  • It is impolite to keep your left hand in your pocket while shaking hands as it is considered impolite.
  • Being direct and honest is highly appreciated.
  • Don’t drink alcohol on the streets, it is against the law.

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