Study programs in the Netherlands

Netherlands is one of the most welcoming countries in the world for international students. It offers more than 2,000 programs taught in English and even more programs in Dutch. In 2002 it introduced three cycles of higher education: bachelor, master and doctoral studies. However, in the past Netherlands had two distinctive types of higher education institutions: research universities and universities of applied science, with the former providing research-oriented education and the letter specializing in professional education. This distinction exists even today, but become less important, because both types of universities use the same three cycles system.

Bachelor programs in the Netherlands are taught in Dutch and in English. The duration of the studies is 3 years for BA and Bsc programs provided by research universities and 4 year for Bachelor programs in the universities of applied sciences. Requirements for every program are specified by the university, but prospective students have to be graduated from the high school and demonstrate a proper knowledge of English or Dutch. In some cases international students who are not eligible to study in the university of their choice may choose to enroll in a preparatory year.

Master programs in the Netherlands are even more popular among international students: many of them are taught in English. To apply for this programs, students have to have an undergraduate degree: high GPA as well as scientific and extracurricular activities increase the chances to be admitted. The duration of studies is between 1 and 3 years (depending on the program and the university). Doctoral programs (PhD) in the Netherlands are dedicated for those who want to pursue a career in academia. In this case the most important part of application is your research project, which should demonstrate your interest as well as your ability to conduct a high-quality research.

Universities in the Netherlands offer a wide range of programs in different areas. The Netherlands is especially famous for its programs in communication and engineering, as well as natural sciences.  

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University of Amsterdam logo
Tuition Fee:
Domestic students: 1906 EUR
International students: 12000 EUR
/ Year
Duration:
24 months (120 ECTS)

This programme combines Earth Science courses with one specialised year concentrating on management aspects, interdisciplinary skills and an internship in a company or (non) governmental organisation.This Master s track from the Msc Earth Sciences is aimed at combining geo-ecological knowledge with interdisciplinary skills, resulting in a professional and more applied earth scientist able to tackle environmental problems working in a team with other specialists. The curriculum combines one...

University of Amsterdam logo
Tuition Fee:
Domestic students: 1906 EUR
International students: 12000 EUR
/ Year
Duration:
12 months (60 ECTS)

This programme provides students with a unique opportunity to specialise in European private law, with a coherent set of courses covering the issues central to the Europeanisation of private law.The central aim of this programme is to train a new generation of truly European private lawyers in developing a broad and deep understanding of the ongoing Europeanisation process and its dynamic. Private and commercial law questions are analysed from both a supranational and a comparative...

Leiden University logo
Tuition Fee:
Domestic students: 1906 EUR
International students: 15800 EUR
/ Year
Duration:
24 months (120 ECTS)

Advertisement In this research programme, which includes several specialisations, you will focus on the development of theories on historical processes, historiography and methodology of historical research.As a graduate of a two-year research master s degree you are qualified to work as a junior academic researcher in an academic environment or carry out further research work on a PhD programme.The two-year Research Master s in History is an outstanding preparation for a PhD in history...

Leiden University logo
Tuition Fee:
Domestic students: 1906 EUR
International students: 15800 EUR
/ Year
Duration:
24 months (120 ECTS)

Advertisement This interdisciplinary specialisation offers a strong focus on skill development and the ability to conduct independent research.This two-year programme features a selection of two specialisations: Political Science and Public Administration. While each course or seminar within the specialisations deals with a specific topic or field of research, the programme grants you considerable freedom to pursue your own specific interests. Regardless of the choice of specialisation, you...

Utrecht University logo
Tuition Fee:
Domestic students: 1906 EUR
International students: 18850 EUR
/ Year
Duration:
24 months (120 ECTS)

Advertisement Particle physics deals with the building blocks of matter and the forces between them. The programme offers courses on all aspects of the Standard Model of Particle Physics, including Nuclear Physics.Particle physics is one of the strong areas within Experimental Physics in Utrecht. The slightly broader field of Subatomic Physics (including also Nuclear Physics) has a long tradition of excellence at Utrecht University, recently Utrecht has concentrated more on high profile...

Most Popular Programs in Netherlands

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Bachelor Programs in Netherlands

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Master Programs in Netherlands

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  • Earth Sciences: Environmental Management
    This programme combines Earth Science courses with one specialised year concentrating on management aspects,...

  • European Private Law
    This programme provides students with a unique opportunity to specialise in European private law, with a coherent set...

  • History (Research)
    Advertisement In this research programme, which includes several specialisations, you will focus on the development...

  • Political Science and Public Administration (Research)
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  • Experimental Physics
    Advertisement Particle physics deals with the building blocks of matter and the forces between them. The programme...

  • Political Science
    Power shapes politics, but what shapes power in the 21st Century? The Radboud Master s programme in Political Science...

  • Human Geography
    Human Geography is a study that observes the relationship between human activities and their spatial environment....

  • Energy Science
    Advertisement In this two-year research programme you will get the perfect training to work as an energy science...

  • International Business Tax Law
    Tilburg University s Master’s in International Business Taxation LLM program (sub-track: International Business Tax...

  • Earth Sciences: Environmental Management
    This programme combines Earth Science courses with one specialised year concentrating on management aspects,...

PhD Programs in Netherlands

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