Types of higher education institutions in the Netherlands
In the Netherlands, there are three main types of higher education institutions:
› Research Universities (Universiteiten)
These institutions focus on the independent practice of research-oriented education in an academic or professional setting. In total, 14 research universities and 8 academic medical centers enroll more than 200.000 students and offer three-year Bachelor's programmes and one or two-year Master's programmes.
› Universities of applied sciences (Hogescholen)
In universities of applied sciences, students are trained for independent practice of science. All 42 hogescholen have a more practical orientation and thus, Bachelor's programmes specialising in specific areas last for four years.
It should be underlined that after completing a four-year Bachelor's programme, students can apply for a second Bachelor's or even for a Master's programme in (almost) every university. However, a switch programme (one year) may be required.
› International institutions
International institutions are also an option especially for expats, offering specialised programmes, which may well suit the needs of internationals.
Dutch universities & funding
In terms of funding, all Dutch universities and institutions belong to one of the two following categories:
› Government-funded institutions, which are legally protected and financially supported by the Dutch government and thus, allowed to offer officially recognised degrees.
› Government-approved institutions that are not funded by the Dutch government but preserve the right to offer degrees that are officially recognised.