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Little known to French students, the Netherlands offers a wide range of courses. Although the Dutch language represents a real obstacle for some, the country is very open to foreign cultures and languages, especially English and German. There are even more than 1,500 programmes in English. Studying in the Netherlands can only be a wise choice!
In general, the Dutch higher education system is reputed to be very good. The country adopts a binary system, consisting of Vocational Colleges (hogescholen) (offering a degree comparable to a bachelor's degree) and universities. These institutions are subject to European standards, i.e. the Bologna Agreement, offering Bachelor (3 years), Master (1-2 years) and Doctorate (4 years) degrees.
Higher education and major establishment
The Netherlands has 41 vocational colleges and 18 universities offering a wide range of courses. The majority of these universities are among the "500 best universities" (worldwide). If you are considering studying in the Netherlands, here are the top 5 universities to choose from:
- University of Amsterdam
- Leiden University
- Utrecht University
- Delft University of Technology
- Erasmus University Rotterdam
Admission requirements for studying in the Netherlands
No more entrance exams! All you need to study in the Netherlands is a general baccalaureate and follow the admission procedure step by step.
Before you start worrying about the formalities for entering the Netherlands, you should first focus on the formalities for entering universities. The first thing to do is to register on the portal of the chosen university or on the portal www.studielink.nl, and send the required documents to the institution.
Be careful, this step is crucial! Make sure that all the required documents have been attached to your file. Also, ask your future institution whether or not you need to translate the required documents into English.
It should be noted that students wishing to study in English must first have a TOEFL (+/- 550) or IELTS (+/- 6) language score.
Dutch language learning centres
Learning Dutch will certainly make your integration easier. You can take classes at the Dutch Institute in Paris before your trip or study in one of the language centres located on Dutch university campuses. Here are a few of them:
Department of Dutch as a second language at the Free University of Amsterdam
- School of Arts and Letters, De Boelelaan 1105 NL-1081 HV Amsterdam 020 - 444 63 98
- Fax : 020 - 444 65 00 firstname.lastname@example.org
Institute for Dutch as a second language of the University of Amsterdam
- Spuistraat 134 NL-1012 VB Amsterdam 020 - 525 46 42
- Fax : 020 - 525 44 29 email@example.com
Language Centre of the University of Maastricht
- Sint Servaasklooster 39 NL-6211 TE Maastricht 043 - 388 39 50
- Fax : 043 - 325 72 46 firstname.lastname@example.org
Language University of Groningen
- Centre of the P.O. Box 716 NL-9700 AS Groningen 050 - 363 58 02
- Fax : 050 - 363 58 86 email@example.com
Scholarships offered to study in the Netherlands
There are three types of scholarships for young people wishing to study in the Netherlands
- Excellence scholarships awarded by Dutch universities
- Sholarships from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Franco-Dutch network
- The Erasmus Mundus and Erasmus + scholarships, as part of an exchange programme.
- Registration fees between €1,770 and €12,000