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TOP-20 prestigious schools, colleges and universities in Netherlands where international students can get high-quality primary, secondary and higher education

Education information

Modern education in the Netherlands is distinguished by the flexibility of programs and compliance with high international standards. High quality of academic preparation in educational institutions of all levels is guaranteed by the state. The national diploma is recognized in most countries of the world, and certificates of secondary education provide applicants with an opportunity to enter the most prestigious universities. SMAPSE offers you TOP-20 prestigious schools, colleges and universities in Netherlands where international students can get high-quality primary, secondary and higher education. 

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Educational system in Netherlands

One of the main features of educational system in Netherlands is a wide variety of educational institutions in a small European country. About 70% of public institutions are private, foreign students can study here.

Admission is available to institutions of the following levels:

  • primary
  • secondary
  • higher

Specialized centers and schools, in particular language centers, are also open in the country.

Foreign students can study Dutch, English language courses. The country has a well-developed English-language education: English can be the main language of teaching in schools, colleges, universities. Studying rules are very democratic.

  1. Students aged from 4 to 12 years receive primary education. The first eight-year school cycle assumes the academic preparation of students in geography, mathematics, writing, reading, social studies, physics, Dutch and English.
  2. The middle stage has three directions: preparatory (MAVO, four-year course), general (HAVO - 5 years of study), pre-university (VWO - 6 years). Schools in the Netherlands are distinguished by a high quality of teaching services, service and conditions of stay.
  3. Bachelor's, Master's degrees in the country can be obtained in universities , a polytechnic institution, an institute for international preparation.

Institutions of the first type differ in humanitarian, research profile. Polytechnical hogescholen graduate specialists in various spheres of the economy. Institutes of an international orientation take on Bachelor's and Master's programs mainly of foreign students from developing countries.

  • year-round short courses for adults (18+)
  • programs for children and adolescents 9 to 17 years (lasting from a week to a year);
  • preparatory pre-university courses
  • business courses

Advantages of studying in TOP-20 schools, colleges and universities in Netherlands

The country has not accepted the division of universities into prestigious and ordinary universities, as in the United Kingdom or the United States. Equal value here is characterized by diplomas of all polytechnics, universities, institutes. This allows students to choose a university not by rating, but by profile, convenience of location, other priority criteria.

There are not many university and school campuses, students are offered to live during their studies in families, apartments, hotels, this contributes to the idea of full immersion in the cultural environment of the country.

Institutions in the Netherlands are famous for their practical courses and progressive teaching methods. At all educational levels, special attention is paid here to the development not only of the academic and professional, but also social skills of the student, which is why many seek to study in this country.

Studying Dutch in Netherlands opens wide career opportunities. Only in Netherlands there are about 7000 international companies. Certificates and diplomas received in the Netherlands are accepted by a large number of employers around the world.

General educational statistics in Netherlands

Statistics of English courses in Netherlands

Programs Intensity Group Language requirements The minimum cost of the week
Basic courses 2-2,5 4-10 Elementary € 30/week
English Conversation Courses 2 4-10 Intermediate €15/week
Intensive English Courses 25-30 4-8 Beginner €420/week
Business English 25 6-8 Upper-Intermediate €395/week
Exam Preparation 20 4-8 Pre-Intermediate €390/week
Intensive Exam Preparation 25 4-8 Intermediate €450/week
Private lessons 45 min. 1 Beginner €43/lesson

Estimated Costs

Estimated Costs Min. Average
Consular fee of the embassy €35 €311
Flight (Moscow - Amsterdam - Moscow) €145 €580
Medical insurance €23 €30
Study material €30 €50
Delivery of invitations by express mail €67 €80
Transfer/Escort €90 €115

Language-General statistics

Official language Dutch
English Speaker Percentage 89%
Average course cost per week €390
Visa Application Deadline 4 days

Netherlands - General information

Region Western Europe
Capital Amsterdam
Language Dutch
Currency Euro
Population 16,819,595
Phone code +31, +599


Coordinates of Netherlands

Time Zone Europe/Amsterdam
GMT +1
DST +2
Latitude 52.250000000
Longitude 5.750000000
Elevation (STRM3) 24 m.


Accommodation in Netherlands

Shared room outside of centre 331
Shared room in city centre 451
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre 604
1 bedroom apartment in city centre 822


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