Education in the Netherlands

Education in the Netherlands: The Breakdown



There are plenty of options for studying in the Netherlands. You may either want to study at research university such as Erasmus University or a university of applied sciences such as Hogeschool Rotterdam. Click one of the links below or scroll down read some frequently asked questions on Education in the Netherlands:

Research Universities in the Netherlands

Applied Sciences Universities in the Netherlands


RSM Erasmus
The Erasmus University of Rotterdam primarily focuses on research


Why the Netherlands? I cannot speak Dutch.

Well, Dutch is a tough language. But the good news is that you don’t have to know it in order to study in the Netherlands. There are around 40 HBO institutions (universities) of higher professional education offering more than 2100 programs and courses taught in English. Dutch universities provide theoretical and practical training for occupations for which a higher vocational qualification is either appreciated or required.

You may engage from short training seminars to full-fledged bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in a number of disciplines.

Let’s look at some numbers; take a quick look at the field of study you are looking for:

Agriculture And Environment – 259 programs

Economics, Commerce, Management And Accounting – 298 programs

Engineering – 153 programs

General Programs – 180 programs

Health Care, Social Services And Care Services – 112 programs

Hotel, Catering, Tourism, Leisure, Transport And Logistics – 55 programs

Humanities, Social Sciences, Communication And Arts – 557 programs

Law, Public Administration, Public Order And Safety – 124 programs

Mathematics, Natural Sciences And Computer Science – 205 programs

Teacher Training – 16 programs


What is so special about Dutch universities?

The Dutch Ministry of Education – DUO – claims that “the biggest change in the higher education system in recent years was the introduction of the bachelor-master system in 2002 in order to increase students’ international mobility. In keeping with this change, the accreditation system was simplified.”

So, the government wants you to study in one of their universities.

Most of the Dutch universities are public, which means they are state-funded. Dutch higher education has a binary system; simply said, there are two main kinds of public universities in the Netherlands: research universities and universities of applied sciences. There are 14 research universities and 41 universities of applied sciences in the country. In addition to the state-subsidized institutions, there are also a number of private universities and university colleges. These typically specialize in particular areas such as hospitality and tourism or business and charge higher fees than other Dutch universities.

What are the differences in the university types?

Research universities offer more academically education that focuses on specific subjects. Universities of Applied Sciences offer profession-orientated programs that are designed for students who are looking to enter a particular career upon graduation.


What’s next?

Applied Science Universities

Research Universities

Application Procedures

Tuition Fees