Higher education in the Netherlands is known for its high quality and its international study environment. With more than 2,100 international study programmes and courses, it has the largest offer of English-taught programmes in continental Europe. One of the most densely populated countries in Europe, it’s known for its tolerant and liberal ethos and boasts a wealth of great student cities none of which are more than a bicycle ride away from some picturesque countryside.


Entry requirements for universities in the Netherlands
First, you have to contact the international office of the university you are interested in to check whether your degree is recognised in the Netherlands. Given that your degree is recognised in the Netherlands, you may need: A residence permit if you are not an EU / EEA or Swiss citizen.


Sufficient mastery of English: TOEFL (minimum 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based), IELTS (minimum average of 6) GMAT or GRE.A minimum average of 7 – 7,5 (foreign diploma). A good command of Dutch if you are after a study programme in Dutch. Most universities may also offer you courses in Dutch as a second language so you can prove that you have sufficient mastery of the language.


Required average scores vary depending on university and major. Also, note that for some programmes, the number of applicants is much higher than that of available places – in this case, a selection procedure takes place.