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27 best universities in the Netherlands for international students: rankings, tuition fees, reviews

Education information

All universities in the Netherlands are divided into two types:

  • research universities (Universiteiten)
  • universities of applied sciences (Hogescholen)

In the Netherlands, there are 18 research, or otherwise called - classical, universities. They are prestigious educational institutions of world significance, special attention is paid to studying of humanitarian sciences. Students conduct active research work under the guidance of experienced teachers, work on writing analytical articles and essays and possess extensive theoretical knowledge.

TOP-20 classical universities offer following programs:

  • Baccalaureate - 3 years
  • Master's - 1-2 years
  • Doctoral studies - 4 years

In the universities of applied sciences, specialists study a narrowly focused field. Studying is focused directly on the acquisition of a profession. Therefore, an important part of the curriculum is practical preparation and internship in both Dutch companies and international enterprises whose offices are located outside the Netherlands.

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Dutch Universities Ranking

Many higher educational institutions of the Netherlands are included in the TOP-200 ranking of best world universities. So, in 2014, 10 Dutch universities were included in the World University Rankings, prepared by the British edition of Times Higher Education (THE), 6 of which were in the first hundred.


Position in 2014

Leiden University


Delft University of Technology


Erasmus University Rotterdam


Wageningen University and Research Center


University of Amsterdam


Utrecht University


Maastricht University


University of Groningen


VU University Amsterdam


Eindhoven University of Technology


Top 10 universities in Netherlands

1 University of Amsterdam

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 universities in Switzerland

Top 35 universities and colleges of Canada

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

Top 50 universities in the USA

1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
2 Stanford University
3 Harvard University
4 California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
5 University of Chicago
6 Princeton University
7 Cornell University
8 University of Pennsylvania
9 Yale University
10 Columbia University
11 Johns Hopkins University
12 Duke University
13 Northwestern University
14 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
15 New York University
16 Carnegie Mellon University
17 University of Wisconsin-Madison
18 Brown University
19 University of Washington
20 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
21 Rice University
22 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
23 Boston University
24 University of California, Davis
25 Washington University in St. Louis
26 Purdue University
27 University of Southern California
28 University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)
29 University of Maryland, College Park
30 University of Pittsburgh
31 Michigan State University
32 Emory University
33 University of Minnesota
34 University of Florida
35 University of Rochester
36 Case Western Reserve University
37 Texas A&M University
38 University of Virginia
39 Vanderbilt University
40 University of Colorado Boulder
41 Dartmouth College
42 University of Notre Dame
43 Arizona State University
44 University of California, Irvine
45 Georgetown University
46 Tufts University
47    University of Miami
48 North Carolina State University
49 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


Top 50 universities in the UK

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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