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Study in the Netherlands

Everything you need to know about studying in the Netherlands as an international student.

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Why study in the Netherlands?

The Netherlands is famous for its multiculturalism, laid back attitude and excellent universities. It’s a liberal, progressive, and inventive nation that passes on all these ideals into its higher education system.

With one of the cheapest rates of tuition fees in Europe, it’s no surprise that more than 45,000 international students choose to study in the Netherlands each year.

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What are the best programs in the Netherlands?

Like much of the rest of Europe, bachelor’s degrees in the Netherlands last either three or four years. You can study for an undergraduate degree in the Netherlands in a variety of subjects, with more than 1,500 programs taught entirely in English.

Master's programs in the Netherlands generally last between 1-3 years, while doctoral/PhD programs normally last for four years.

There are many institutions in the Netherlands that specialize in a specific subject area, including business schools, medical universities and engineering universities. Whether you’re looking to study for a bachelor’s, master’s, MBA or PhD, Studee can help you find the perfect place to study abroad.

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What is the cost of studying in the Netherlands?

Tuition fees in the Netherlands are considered relatively affordable, especially when compared to the UK and US. Students coming from another EU country can expect to pay less than those coming from outside the EU, with fees starting at around $2,500 per year for a bachelor’s degree.

For non-EU students you can expect to pay between $7,000 and $15,000 per year for a bachelor’s program and slightly more for a master’s.

Key facts

  • Euro € Currency
  • 714,500 Student population
  • Dutch Language
  • 62 Universities

Where can you study in the Netherlands?

The Netherlands boasts many great student cities, from the nightlife and culture of Amsterdam to the more rural delights of Utrecht and Leiden.

Programs are generally taught in English and students are encouraged to be a part of society and become involved in groups and organizations. The Netherlands is an extremely tolerant and multicultural country, which is used to welcoming international students from around the world, making it a great place to study.

Universities in the Netherlands

What are the requirements to study in the Netherlands?


Each university sets the minimum qualification requirement for admission onto your chosen program. It’s likely that you’ll need to have at least completed secondary education to a satisfactory level in your home country. Entry to graduate programs in the Netherlands differs slightly from other countries, with a ten point grading system used to decide on who can join which course. You should contact your chosen university to find out whether your country's qualifications match the Dutch grading system.

English language tests

To study as an international student in the Netherlands, you’ll need to be able to speak, read and write English to a standard set by each institution. Therefore you’ll need to have passed an English language test - TOEFL or IELTS are accepted by most universities.

The Netherlands visa requirements

European Union students are able to study in the Netherlands providing they are studying at an approved institution for more than three months and have sufficient income to support themselves.

Non-EU students will need to apply for a visa dependent on their nationality. Depending on their nationality, students may also need to apply for a provisional residence permit called an MVV (Machtiging tot Voorlopig Verblijf).

How to study in the Netherlands

  1. Find a university and program in the Netherlands
  2. Fill in an application form online with your personal and educational details
  3. Submit or upload supporting documents such as translated and notarized transcripts, and TOEFL / IELTS test scores
  4. Submit your application and pay any application fees
  5. Submit credential assessment evaluations (if required)
  6. Receive an offer from the University
  7. Accept your offer and pay any deposits to secure your place
  8. Apply for your Netherlands residence permit

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