Study programmes in the Netherlands

If you are looking for information regarding duration, contact, tuition fees, educational and language requirements, modes of instruction and objectives of various study programmes check Nuffic’s (the Netherlands organisation for international cooperation in higher education) complete database.

Degrees & Qualifications

The Dutch system does not differ significantly from the European study system and thus, the following degrees are available:

Bachelor's degrees

- Bachelor of Science (BSc)
- Bachelor of Arts (BA)
- Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
- Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)
- Bachelor of Education (BEd)
- Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
- Bachelor of Music (BMus)

Master's degrees

- Master of Science (MSc)
- Master of Arts (MA)
- Master of Laws (LLM)
- Master of Engineering (MEng)
- Master of Education (MEd)
- Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
- Master of Music (MMus)


A PhD is the highest academic degree and thus, can be obtained only by universities and a limited number of international institutes. Its period depends on the type of PhD, area of study, previous qualifications etc.

Postdoctoral research

One may also pursue academic (or scholarly) research after his / her PhD. Post-Docs, just like most PhDs, are on a paid basis in the Netherlands.

Studying in the Netherlands and residence options after graduation

Many expats come to the Netherlands as students and continue their stay after graduation. This guide gives an overview of residency options for students and new graduates.

Holland Scholarship open to foreign students for 2017-2018

The latest round of Holland Scholarship has opened. This scholarship offers 5.000 euros to hundreds of non-EEA students to study in the Netherlands.

Two Dutch universities make top 100 in 2016 QS ranking

Top of the class or could do better? See how Dutch universities compare with institutions around the globe in the latest QS World University Rankings.

Majority of international student graduates leave Netherlands

The Netherlands is the largest provider of English-taught study programmes in mainland Europe, yet most students choose to pursue a career elsewhere.

2015 QS index shows Dutch university rankings by subject

According to the latest QS university rankings by subject, Dutch schools score especially well in economics, business, medicine, architecture and engineering.

2015 Keuzegids: Dutch university disciplines with best job prospects

This year's Keuzegids guide, comparing higher education courses across the Netherlands, contains a few unexpected results in terms of job prospects.




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