Higher education in the Netherlands

The Dutch system of higher education enjoys a worldwide reputation for high quality. Experience shows that people who have studied at a Dutch higher education institution perform very well in other parts of the world. In addition, the Netherlands was the first non-English-speaking country to offer courses taught in English.

The Netherlands has two main types of higher education institutions: universities and universities of applied sciences. Universities focus on the independent practice of research-oriented work in an academic or professional setting. Universities of applied sciences are more practically oriented, preparing students directly for specific careers.

Why choose the Netherlands?

  • Innovative and practical problem-based learning system
  • About 90% of the population in the Netherlands speak English
  • Education in Holland is not free, but tuition fees are rather low (around €1900 per year) and you can take a student loan to cover that
  • Education recognised all over the world 

How to finance your studies in the Netherlands?
•    You can take a tuition fee loan (approx. €1900).
•    Average student salary in the Netherlands is €7 per hour.
•    Average rent for accommodation is around €350 per month.
•    Average living cost in the Netherlands besides accommodation is around €300-400.

•    Working for 56 hours per month gives you the opportunity to get governmental support for €378, the exact amount depends on your parents income. Plus you can take a student loan.