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Study in Netherlands

The Netherlands has been a primary destination for Irish students for the past couple of years. Students have been attracted by the range of courses taught in English, a student-centered style of teaching, low tuition fees and the possibility of access to grants and loans.

Higher education is offered at research-based universities (WO) and Universities of Applied Science (HBO or Hogescholen) which offer a more vocational education.

Bachelor’s degrees at research universities take three years, while at Universities of Applied Science, they take four years. Even at postgraduate level, you can choose between a research-based Master’s degree at a WO or an Applied Master’s at an HBO.

With a reputation for quality, universities in the Netherlands offer problem-based learning, which requires students to interact and think innovatively. Group work is important, but there also a lot of emphasis on self-study and independent learning too. You will be encouraged to apply your academic learning practically and develop employability skills; you might get the chance to carry out a real project with a local business. Work experience is an important part of Dutch higher education, particularly at the HBOs, where it is often a requirement.

You can look forward to building a good relationship with your tutors; - expect smaller classes and more contact time with tutors than you would expect in the UK.

The academic years runs from early September to late June. Application are made through a central application system, Studielink, from October. Dutch universities have reasonable entry requirement. In many cases, the completion of a level will be enough to gain a place. Students then need to prove their ability by doing well in the first year of the course.

Fees for the undergraduate study are around £1,500 per year, which can be paid upfront or in instalments. Postgraduate study at universities have similar costs, although the universities of applied sciences tend to charge more.

All EU students can access Dutch tuition fee loans, adding to the attractiveness of the Netherland as a venue for study.

International Education in the Netherlands Programmes taught in English:
Bachelor’s Programmes, Examples:

  • International Business and Management Studies
  • International Business Economics
  • International Marketing
  • International fresh Business Management
  • Software Engineering
  • Business Informatics
  • Logistics Management

Master’s Programmes, examples:

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Science in Business and Management
  • Master of Science in International Logistics/Supply Chain Management

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