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29 best universities in Netherlands for international students. Rankings and fees in 2024

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Studying in Netherlands is a great opportunity to obtain high quality higher education of world standard, locating in the heart of Europe.  Netherlands is distinguished by a unique university system that will allow highly qualified creative specialists with broad knowledge to graduate from the walls of educational institutions — that is why a large number of applicants from all over the world come to the country every year who want to gain valuable experience in Dutch education.

The universities in Netherlands are world-renowned for the high quality of teaching and research. Many degrees are taught in English, and more than 100,000 international students choose to study in the Netherlands every year. According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, universities in the Netherlands are among the top 200 in the world.

Best Universities in Netherlands: What You Need to Know

Three Core Educational Levels in Netherlands Universities

After university prep courses in Netherlands, universities in Netherlands offer education primarily in three main stages:

  • Bachelor's Degree

  • Master's Degree

  • Doctor of Science

Education here is interactive, encouraging teamwork and the free exchange of ideas. Students are motivated to voice their opinions, respect differing viewpoints, and ask questions openly. Classes often comprise small groups of 15 to 30 students, allowing for a more personalized learning experience.

Practical Experience and Industry Partnerships

Many courses offer practical experience in labs, studios, or computer labs. Most top universities in the Netherlands have robust partnerships with businesses and international organizations, providing excellent opportunities for practical work experience.

Sam Jones
Sam Jones
Recruitment Director for Partnership with INTO Universities (Europe and Central Asia)

What firstly should be considered when choosing a university?

It depends on the student - everyone determines the most important criteria for himself. I would advise you to take several rankings and compare them with each other, plus take into account the cost of the course, the location of the university and its scale, the percentage of graduates' employment. See where graduates continue their studies or where they go to work.


Types of Educational Institutions in Netherlands

The Netherlands is home to two main types of educational institutions: research universities and universities of applied sciences. Additionally, university colleges and institutes of international education are available. The best universities in the Netherlands can be both private or public. The type of university you choose depends on whether you're aiming for a specific profession or a broader theoretical education.

Ranking of Netherlands Universities 

Research universities offer theoretical education across bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels, catering to various professions. Universities of applied sciences focus on professional education. Programs here generally last a year longer than those at research universities.

The Netherlands also boasts international education institutes that offer advanced courses in English. These courses focus on development and knowledge exchange in small, cross-cultural groups.

Study Programs at Top Universities in Netherlands for international students

  • Bachelor's Degree: Universities offer a wide range of disciplines, from economics and healthcare to fine arts and medicine. Program lengths differ between research and applied universities.

  • Master's Degree: Aimed at expanding knowledge and professional competence, various master's programs are available in academic, research, and teaching fields.

  • Doctoral Studies: PhD programs in the Netherlands are highly regarded globally, particularly for the impact and volume of research publications.

Universities in Netherlands for international students. Cost and Fees

For EU students, education is more affordable, averaging around 2000€ per year. Non-EU students can expect to pay between 6,000 and 15,000€ annually. Other expenses include:

  • Accommodation: 250-800€ per month

  • Living Costs: 350-450€ per month

  • Medical Services: 40-100€ per month

  • Educational Materials: 65-85€ per month

  • Visa and Permits: About 300€ (one-time)

How to apply in Netherlands Universities for international students

While diploma requirements may vary, an IB diploma, American diploma with 3-4 APs, or A-levels are generally accepted. Special pre-university courses are available for foreign students at most educational institutions.

So, if you're planning to study in one of the best universities in Netherland, it's crucial to consider all these factors for a successful academic journey.

We also offer various programs in leading universities in England.

Top 10 best universities in Netherlands 2024

1 University of Amsterdam
2 Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences ONCAMPUS
3 Webster University Leiden
4 Holland International Study Center
5 Erasmus University Rotterdam
6 The Hague University of Applied Sciences
7 University of Twente
8 Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences
9 VU University Amsterdam
10 Delft University of Technology

Top 15 best universities in Switzerland 2024

1 Glion Institute of Higher Education Switzerland
2 Les Roches International School Montana
3 César Ritz Colleges Switzerland
4 IHTTI School of Hotel Management
5 Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne
6 Geneva Business School
7 EU Business School Montreux
8 HIM Hotel Institute Montreux
9 Swiss Hotel Management School
10 Webster University Geneva
11 Business and Hotel Management School
12 Luzern IMI
13 Swiss Hotel Management School (SHMS) Caux
14 International University in Geneva
15 Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland

Top 35 best universities and colleges in Canada 2024

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
14 Vancouver Film School
15 Kwantlen Polytechnic University
16 University of Calgary
17 Dalhousie University
18 Fanshawe College
19 University of Ottawa
20 Laval University
21 Sheridan College
22 University of Regina
23 Brock University
24 Thompson Rivers University
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 2024

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 2024

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
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Sam Jones
Sam Jones
Recruitment Director for Partnership with INTO Universities (Europe and Central Asia)

Sam is the Regional Director of Student Admissions at INTO Universities (Europe and Central Asia). Sam has nearly 20 years' experience in international education. Also, he has experience in student recruitment for institutions in the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand and is a qualified EFL teacher with many years of experience teaching abroad. He understands the challenges faced by international students and is aware of all these difficulties and have vast experience in helping foreign students.

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