The Netherlands has one of the oldest and more recognized higher education systems in the world dating back to the 16th century. Its 13 universities are listed on the QS World University Rankings® 2018 list, 8 of which are among the top 150 in the world. Combining high quality with low tuition fees and numerous English-language courses, Holland is now one of the most popular choices for studying abroad.

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Founded in 1842, it is the oldest and largest polytechnic faculty in the country, with about 20,000 students in engineering, computer science, mathematics, applied sciences and technology & technology management. This year is ranked 54th in the QS World Ranking. In 2017 it was in the top five of QS World Rankings by Subject for Architecture.

University of Amsterdam

With more than 31,000 students, it is the largest university institution in the country. It was founded in 1632 and is the third-oldest in the country. It is 58th in the QS World University Rankings 2018 and 15th in the best European universities. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs in a wide range of subjects, with many English language postgraduate programs (undergraduate English programs are fewer in number).

Eindhoven University of Technology

It is one of the most well-known technology institutes, ranked 104th in the world of QS World University Rankings 2018, and is one of the top architectural studies. It conducts high-level research with about 3,000 scientific publications, 140 doctoral awards and 40 patents per year. It is within easy reach of technology-oriented companies such as Philips, ASML and DAF, keeping in touch with many of them.

Leiden University

It is the oldest university in the country, founded in 1575. This year it is 109th in QS, along with Utrecht University. With approximately 27,000 undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students, it houses more than 40 research institutes and is linked to many national and international leaders, such as former US President John Adams, two NATO Secretary General and 16 Nobel Prize winners.

Utrecht University

Founded in 1636, it is still one of the oldest and most recognized European universities, holding 4th place in state universities, along with Leiden University. With more than 30,000 enrolled students in its 7 faculties, it is at the same time one of the country’s largest universities. 12 Nobel Prize Winners and 13 Spinoza Prize Winners are amongst the older graduates and its staff.

University of Groningen

Founded in 1614, it is ranked 6th in the national and 113th in the QS ranking. His graduates include the first female student of the Netherlands, the first Dutch lecturer, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Central Bank. With about 27,000 enrolled students, it is a popular choice for studying abroad.

Erasmus University of Rotterdam

Unique to the concept of “multicultural teaching room”, it combines high-quality education with an enriched global perspective. Holding 147th on the QS list, is known for its global mindset, offering the opportunity to participate in a truly international environment. The university has 5,000 international students, with the proportion of those enrolled in English-language programs coming from outside the Netherlands at 40-60%.

Wageningen University

It is one of the leading international universities with courses in the field of healthy eating and the living environment. It is ranked 124th in the QS ranking. It offers a wide range of study choices in the fields of climate, energy, water, environment, nutrition, health, landscape and animals. These fields are approached from various perspectives such as economy, management, research, product development, technology, etc.

Maastricht University

It is an innovative and research-oriented university in the Netherlands and holds the 200th position in QS world ranking. His programs include Arts & Culture, Behavioural and Political Sciences, Business and Economics, Health and Life Sciences, Law, and Knowledge Engineering. Developing research, self-confidence and international profile skills are their educational methods.

VU University Amsterdam

Holding 218th in the QS World Ranking, VU ​​is distinguished in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes: Human Health and Life Sciences, Science for Sustainability, Connected World, and Governance for Society. With more than 3,300 students of 80 nationalities on the campus, it represents a wide range of views.

Radboud University Nijmegen

With 11 undergraduate and 35 postgraduate courses in English covering a wide range of academic fields, it is ranked 11th in the state and 204th in QS world ranking. Members of his staff have been honoured with Nobel and Spinoza. Recently the Best University of the Netherlands was declared.

 The University of Twente

Offering comprehensive and up-to-date courses, UT is leading the way in implementing educational reforms, based on the structure of undergraduate and postgraduate programs. It holds 179th place in QS World University Rankings for 2018 and is internationally recognized for studies in the fields of public policy and applied physics to biomedical technology.

Tilburg University.

Founded in 1927, it is a fully accredited AACSB state-funded university with approximately 12,500 students. She holds 357th place in the QS ranking. Although it is considered Europe’s best in business, finance and law, it also specializes in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

ΜΕL Erasmus University Rotterdam.


Applications are submitted to Dutch universities either directly at the educational establishment, either through the Studylink online process or a combination of both. Also, the registration and tracking of “Numerous fixus” courses is done through a draw, so it is advisable to go to the universities you are interested in to see what happens in each case. In addition, teaching is in English or Dutch, so you should be able to prove your language proficiency in the relevant language for the curriculum of interest.

For tuition and funding, these vary depending on whether you come from a country in Europe or not. For European students, tuition fees amount to € 1,950 per year.