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Higher education in the Netherlands for foreign students

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University of Amsterdam
#15 in the Europe and #55 in the world
University of Amsterdam
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Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences ONCAMPUS
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences ONCAMPUS
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from 8471.00 € / year
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Webster University Leiden
Webster University Leiden
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from 8000.00 € / semester
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Erasmus University Rotterdam
#4 in the Netherlands, #72 Worldwide
Erasmus University Rotterdam
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The Hague University of Applied Sciences
The Hague University of Applied Sciences
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from 8634.00 € / year
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University of Twente
#189 World Ranked
University of Twente
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from 9250.00 € / year
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Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences
Programs are accredited by NVAO and FIBAA
Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences
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University Amsterdam (VU)
#209 World Ranked
University Amsterdam (VU)
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Stenden University of Applied Sciences
Stenden University of Applied Sciences
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Utrecht University
Utrecht University
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Education information

Today, the country's universities offer a huge list of different specialties and areas of study: more than 1500 variants of courses and programs in English, and also can be taught in the state language - Dutch. Due to the list of TOP-20 schools and universities in Holland, you will definitely find the most appropriate option. 

What are the advantages of studying in Holland?

Dutch universities are very popular with students all over the world - approximately 50,000 people apply each year to universities and higher schools. The country is attractive not only from the tourist point of view, but also from the educational point, and there are many reasons for it:

  • Education in the country is more accessible than in the USA and other European countries: the year of study here is about 600-1700 Euro (the price varies depending on the specialty), while the quality of education is not inferior to more expensive and prestigious institutions
  • Educational institutions receive strong support from 100 state parties, including financial grants and subsidies - this helps to provide students with the most comfortable, modern, technologically advanced learning opportunities: from scientific laboratories to inexpensive student dining rooms and cafes

Admission without exams to most Dutch universities makes this country especially attractive for international students. For enrollment in almost all universities in the Netherlands, a certificate, a motivation letter and the results of the IELTS/TOEFL international exam in English are sufficient. Passing points are 5.0 for IELTS and 65 for TOEFL for admission to the undergraduate programme and at least 6.0 and 80 points respectively for the Master's programme.

There are no entrance examinations in Dutch universities, only for admission to some faculties it may be necessary to pass an introductory test in a profile subject. For example, the faculties of economics and finance require the applicant to have an excellent knowledge of mathematics and, therefore, to pass a test in this discipline. For those wishing to acquire a creative profession, the admission rule without exams also does not apply - artists, designers and musicians are waiting for a creative competition.

Most Dutch people speak excellent international English, which makes daily live in Holland comfortable and attractive in the eyes of foreign students. Thanks to the extensive use of English in the country, shopping, going to a doctor and communicating in other public places will not seem complicated.

Finally, a geographically convenient kingdom of the Netherlands can be the starting point for many students to travel to neighboring countries during their free time. After all, the state borders on Germany and Belgium, and the North Sea connects it with Great Britain, Denmark and Norway. By high-speed train, you can quickly reach different parts of Europe - 2.5 hours to Brussels and 3 hours to the heart of France - Paris. And this means that student life can be even more saturated and full of vivid impressions.

Main features of getting education in TOP-20 schools and universities in the Netherlands

Universities in the Netherlands have inherited a lot from the British education system. Studying in Dutch universities is focused on developing practical skills for students and getting them specialized knowledge in the chosen field. Studying in Dutch schools and universities has interactive nature. Due to this approach, students interact not only with teachers, but also communicate with other students. Pair and group projects, presentations, games that reproduce real communicative situations - all this allows students to acquire communication skills and conduct business dialogues long before the beginning of work, and also helps to form their own opinion and develop their creativity of thinking.

After graduating from Dutch university, the student becomes the holder of a diploma that is recognized throughout the world. Such a document on higher education becomes a pass to highly paid work in the specialty in a prestigious company of any country.

General statistics on education in the Netherlands-ratings, specializations, universities

Learning programs-summary information

Name Meaning Equivalent Min. age Duration,
Next stage Cost
GCSE General certificate of secondary education secondary education (non-accomplished) 14 1–2 A-Levels 15,000 USD+
A-Levels Advanced level secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 15,000 USD+
BTEC Business and Technology Education Board secondary special education 14 2–3 University/ work 15,000 USD+
Oxbridge Preparation Preparing for Oxford and Cambridge secondary education (accomplished) 17 1 University 15,000 USD+
International Baccalaureate International baccalaureate secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 18,000 USD+
Foundation/ Pathway Year Preparatory year admission to the 1st year of university 17 1 University 14,000 USD+
NCUK The Northern consortium 2 year university 17,5 1 2 year University of NCUK 13,000 USD+
Special Preparation (Medics/Math/Business) Specialized training - 14 optional optional 4,000 USD+
Academic English Academic English Language school 8 + 6–12 months School or University 8,000 USD+

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Top 10 best universities in Netherlands 2022

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1 University of Toronto
2 McGill University
3 University of British Columbia
4 University of Alberta
5 Simon Fraser University
6 Montreal University
7 University of Windsor
8 York University
9 University of Guelph
10 McMaster University
11 University of Manitoba
12 University of Waterloo
13 Royal Roads University
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15 Kwantlen Polytechnic University
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25 Humber College
26 Vancouver Island University
27 Mohawk College
28 Centennial College Toronto
29 Niagara College
30 Capilano University
31 Seneca College
32 Algoma University
33 Saint Clair College
34 Douglas College
35 LaSalle College

Times Higher Education’s top 50 best universities in USA 2022

World University Rank US Rank University City State
2 1 Stanford University Stanford California
3 2 Harvard University Cambridge Massachusetts
4 3 California Institute of Technology Pasadena California
5 4 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge Massachusetts
7 5 University of California, Berkeley Berkeley California
8 6 Yale University New Haven Connecticut
9 7 Princeton University Princeton New Jersey
10 8 University of Chicago Chicago Illinois
12 9 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore Maryland
13 10 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia Pennsylvania
15 11 University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles California
17 12 Columbia University New York City New York
19 13 Cornell University Ithaca New York
=20 14 Duke University Durham North Carolina
22 15 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor Michigan
24 16 Northwestern University Evanston Illinois
26 17 New York University New York City New York
28 18 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
29 19 University of Washington Seattle Washington
33 20 University of California, San Diego San Diego California
38 21 Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta Georgia
44 22 University of Texas at Austin Austin Texas
48 23 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign Illinois
49 24 University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison Wisconsin
50 25 Washington University in St Louis St. Louis Missouri
53 26 University of Southern California Los Angeles California
=54 27 Boston University Boston Massachusetts
=56 28 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill North Carolina
61 29 Brown University Providence Rhode Island
=64 30 University of California, Davis Davis California
68 31 University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara California
=80 32 Ohio State University (Main campus) Columbus Ohio
=85 =33 Emory University Atlanta Georgia
=85 =33 University of Minnesota Minneapolis Minnesota
90 35 University of Maryland, College Park College Park Maryland
=94 36 Purdue University West Lafayette West Lafayette Indiana
=98 37 University of California, Irvine Irvine California
=101 38 Dartmouth College Hanover New Hampshire
105 39 Michigan State University East Lansing Michigan
=111 40 Vanderbilt University Nashville Tennessee
=114 41 Penn State (Main campus) State College Pennsylvania
117 42 University of Virginia (Main campus) Charlottesville Virginia
120 43 Georgetown University Washington D.C
=121 44 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland Ohio
=124 45 University of Arizona Tucson Arizona
=124 =45 Rice University Houston Texas
=131 47 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder Colorado
=133 48 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh campus Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
=140 49 Indiana University Bloomington Indiana
=147 50 University of Rochester Rochester (NY) New York

Top 50 best universities in the UK 2022

1 Cambridge
2 Oxford
3 St Andrews
4 London School of Economics
5 Imperial College London
6 Loughborough
7 Durham
8 Lancaster
9 University of Bath
10 East Anglia (UEA)
11 University College London
12 Warwick
13 Exeter
14 Birmingham
15 Bristol
16 Edinburgh
17 Leeds
18 Manchester
19 Southampton
20 Glasgow
21 King's College London
22 Nottingham
23 York
24 Newcastle
25 Royal Holloway, University of London
26 East Anglia (UEA)
27 Aberdeen
28 Queen's University Belfast
29 Sheffield
30 Heriot-Watt
31 Cardiff
32 Dundee
33 Swansea
34 Liverpool
35 Surrey
36 Queen Mary, University of London
37 SOAS University of London
38 Leicester
39 Reading
40 Sussex
41 Essex
42 Harper Adams University
43 Aston
44 University for the Creative Arts
45 University of Stirling
46 Nottingham Trent
47 Kent
48 Arts University Bournemouth
49 Oxford Brookes
50 Lincoln

Accommodation in Netherlands per month

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$

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
Good afternoon! Daughter dreams of studying in the Netherlands. She is now 16 years old, she is studying in 11th grade. When he finishes, it will be 17. Is it possible immediately after school (taking into account that there is no 18 yet) to enter the university of the Netherlands or is it impossible?
Good afternoon, Julia! Our specialist will contact you to discuss possible options. Best regards, SMAPS
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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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