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Higher education in Netherlands


Higher Education institutions in Holland offer more than 1,500 study programs and courses that are taught entirely in English or, in some cases, in another foreign language. These programs cover a broad range of fields. Most study programs lead to a Bachelor’s, Masters’ or PhD degree, a diploma or certification.

Where to find more information:

www.nuffic.nl – Netherlands organization for international cooperation in higher education. Main source of information for both Dutch and International students.

www.studyinholland.nl – The most recent list of international study programs and courses for the current academic year, including: General information, scholarships, preparing your way, staying in Holland.

www.grantfinder.nl – Online search engine that brings together information on a range of Dutch scholarships for international students.

www.ind.nl – Information on Dutch immigration laws.

www.internationalstudy.nl – Code of Conduct and list of higher education institutions in Holland that have signed the Code.

www.minbuza.nl/en/home - Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ international homepage with addresses of Dutch embassies abroad.

www.nuffic.nl/studentpanel - Student Panel for international-orientation, open-minded students who would like to share their experiences and the ins and outs of studying abroad.

There is also a great resource in our Counseling Library entitled International Degree Programs. “Most students look for options – you look for opportunities”

www.studyinholland.nlNot yet admissible for a Dutch university? – No problem – “Preparatory Year”

Preparatory Year allows a student to prepare for a study program at a Dutch High Education institution. Students who apply to a Dutch university and are given a conditional offer may be referred to a school that offers preparatory courses in its own geographic region.

www.lucthehague.nl/news/admissions.html Want to take a semester off after high school and start in the "Spring" semester? At Leiden University College, students can apply to start midyear in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. The deadline to apply is November 1.

Delft University of Technology


  • TU Delft offers three-year Bachelor (BSc) programs, focusing on mathematics, mechanics and physics.
  • The Bachelor programs are taught in Dutch, except for Aerospace Engineering which is taught in both Dutch and English.
  • Public, urban, independent, coeducational
  • Approximately 1200 students, 20% international
  • Requires IB diploma with Math HL and Physics HL. American HS Diploma with SATII Math 2C and Physics.
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Erasmus University Rotterdam


The university concentrates its expertise on issues of management, organization and policy in the public and private sectors on the one hand, as well as on the field of sickness and health care


Tilburg University


  • Public, urban, independent, coeducational
  • 11,000 undergrads, 8% international
  • Ranked #1 in Economics by the European Economic Association
  • Three programs taught in English: International Business, International Economics and Finance, and Business Studies
  • 3 year Bachelor’s programs
  • IB diploma required. American HS diploma considered based on individual records.
  • EEA nationals, Dutch government reimburses 800 Euro per year on tuition.
  • Study abroad offered.
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Webster University


  • American curriculum in six international settings: Austria, Bermuda, China, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Thailand, UK.
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  • Geneva: 450 undergrads; 90% international; Credit for IB; Campus housing available; Limited scholarships based on academic merit and demonstrated need.
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