The Netherlands is bordered by Germany in the East and Belgium in the south, with its north-west coast on the North Sea. It is a country that is fast gaining recognition for attracting high numbers of international students.

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Discover Netherlands

Discover Netherlands

This almost flat country, with lakes, rivers, canals, windmills and bicycle paths, is low-lying; with 17% of its total land is below sea-level. However, it towers in the field of education, especially in higher education where it is renowned for its high levels of academia.

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€6,000 - €20,000 per year

Average Tution Fees


€800 — €1100 per month

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Top Universities

  • Delft Univeristy of Technology
  • Wageningen University & Research
  • University of Amsterdam
  • Leiden University
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Utrecht University
  • University of Groningen
  • Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Maastricht University
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


  • International Business
  • International Food & Agribusiness
  • Hospitality and Management
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • International Finance & Control
  • Theology
  • Leisure and Events Management
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Fashion Design
  • Sciences

Why study in The Netherlands

Well-known for its top-ranking universities, choosing to study in the Netherlands will see you earn a degree that will be respected all over the world.

  • Affordable cost of higher education.

  • Well-designed curriculums.

  • Great opportunities to travel across Europe

Student Life in Netherlands

Student Life

Whilst you’ll need to study hard in order to get the most out of your experience, as well as to maintain the grades you will need for your visa, student life in the Netherlands can be really fun too.

The perfect opportunity for meeting people from all over the world, the campuses here are incredibly multicultural and very welcoming to international students. You can enjoy as much or as little of the social life as you like; there’ll be plenty of parties and live music, as well as thousands of museums and other tourist attractions to explore.

Tuition Fees

Cost of Living

In general, you will require around €12,000 per year to pay for accommodation and living costs. Bear in mind that some cities might be considerably more than this.

Average Monthly Costs

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    €300 - €600


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    €30 - €65

    Study Materials

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    €15 - €35

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Work and study in the Netherlands

Students are able to work alongside their studies in the Netherlands, but your employment must not exceed 16 hours per week during term time. During the summer holidays (June, July and August), you are able to work full-time whilst the university is closed.

Unless you are from another EU or EEA country, you will need to have a work permit in order to get a job. You should arrange for your employer to apply for this on your behalf.

Students who take part in internships as part of their studies are not required to apply for a work permit. You can also take up self-employed work without a work permit, as long as you have registered with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce.

Work and Study in Netherlands

Entry Requirements

For selective undergraduate

For selective undergraduate degrees in The Netherlands, you will be required to have good High School grades and leaving certificates in order to secure a place at a Dutch university.

For British students

A-Levels are normally required, although BTECs will be considered on merit.

Language Requirements

You need to be proficient in English to study in the Netherlands. A good score in TOEFL or IELTS or CAE are essential and mandatory.

  • IELTS A band of 6 and above
  • TOEFL (Paper Based Test) 550
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test) 213
  • Equivalent score in Cambridge English Advanced
Netherlands Scholarships


A great way of making your budget go further is to check whether you’re eligible for any of the many scholarships that are available to international students in the Netherlands.


If you are a student from a country that is not a member of the EU or EEA, you must follow the following process for obtaining a student visa.

Provincial Residence Permit, officially known as Machtiging tot Voorlopig Verblijf (MVV). Your university will apply for this on your behalf. This is a permit to enter the Netherlands. You will follow this up with an application for Visa.

MVV is valid for just six months. As the courses you are going to do may last for one to four years, you will have to apply for a VVR which is a residence permit. Your university once again will apply for this on your behalf. You can collect the MVV from the Dutch Embassy in your home country.

£97 for a 6-month visa, £186 for an 11-month visa

VVR is valid for the duration of your study programme and on condition that you will maintain a 50% of credit throughout your academic performance.

£348 for the Tier 4 (Child) Student visa

If you are a student from the USA, Canada, Vatican City State, Monaco, South Korea, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, you will need to apply for just the VVR.

£348 for the Tier 4 (general) Student visa

Netherlands student visa requirements

  • Valid passport
  • Documentary proofs such as bank statements, transfer of funds and scholarship letter to ensure that you have enough funds to sustain education and stay in the Netherlands.
  • Letter from the university you have chosen confirming your admission or enrolment.
  • Proof of payment for all required legal fees
  • Health insurance.

Scholarships or Bursaries

If you are eligible to apply, the type of scholarship and the amount you will benefit from it will depend on which country you are from as well as your field of study. For more information on scholarship click here

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