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13 best schools in the Netherlands with prep courses to enter university abroad

Education information

Flexible rules of admission in universities in Netherlands allow foreign students to enter on the basis of a certificate of full secondary education and the results of  international language exam. However, in the case of insufficient command of English or Dutch, it may be necessary to complete preparatory courses aimed at replenishing the applicant's language skills and adapting to further study in a foreign university. TOP-10 prestigious universities in the Netherlands begin to receive documents before the beginning of May.

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Study and work in Netherlands

Students in the Netherlands university have the right to request permission for part-time work, by obtaining a letter from the university or directly from the employer. In this case, the number of working hours per week should not exceed 10 and affect the academic performance. During summer holidays it is allowed to work an unlimited amount of time.

After finishing education in universities in Netherlands, students can extend their stay in the country for a year to find a job. Applying to the migration service of the Netherlands, students will receive the status of a qualified migrants and a residence permit with the right to work. A year later, it is necessary to confirm this status and prove the availability of work.

Despite its relatively small area, the Kingdom of the Netherlands is one of the most economically powerful countries in the world. Today, it hosts headquarters of large international companies, such as Philips, Sony, Heineken, Microsoft, etc. The experience of living in this country and a diploma of higher education received in the Netherlands will be a profitable investment in a successful career at the international level.

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+

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


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
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