German students are able to take advantage of the many benefits that a Dutch higher education will provide them with. They don’t require any residence permits or study visas and they are able to pay Dutch tuition fees, not having to pay extra fees as international students.
As a result, students from this country make up the highest percentage (almost 30%) of international students studying in The Netherlands.
They will however require a passing IELTS or TOEFL mark and the appropriate secondary school, higher education diploma, or equivalent in order to apply for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.
Applying for a Bachelor’s programme
In order to apply for a Bachelor’s degree in the Netherlands, German students must have one of the following diplomas:
- A Fachhochschulreife is comparable to a Dutch vocational secondary school degree (HAVO). This qualification gives access to programmes at universities of applied sciences in The Netherlands.
- A Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife can be compared with a Dutch secondary school (VWO) degree. Prospective students with this diploma can apply to a Dutch research university without additional academic requirements.
Applying for a Master’s programme
Applying for a Master’s programme at a Dutch research university requires German students to have one of the following qualifications:
- A Bakkalaureus / Baccalaureus Artium at the European Higher Education Area Qualifications Framework (EHEA-QF) 1st cycle or EQF level 6 is equivalent to a research university’s Bachelor of Arts degree.
- A Bakkalaureus / Baccalaureus Scientiae/Scientiarum (EHEA-QF 1st cycle / EQF level 6) is comparable to a research university’s Bachelor of Science degree.
Both Bachelor’s degrees should be obtained at a Wissenschaftliche Hochschule in order to meet the relevant learning outcomes.
Applying for a Master’s programme at a Dutch university of applied sciences will require one of the following qualifications:
- A Diplom-Vorprüfungszeugnis obtained at a Fachhochschule, which is comparable to 1.5 to 2 years of education at a university of applied sciences (HBO) in the Netherlands.
- A Diplom (EHEA-QF 1st cycle / EQF level 6) from a Fachhochschule is equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree at a university of applied sciences (HBO).
- A Bachelor of Science/Arts or a Bachelor of Engineering/Business Administration (EHEA-QF 1st cycle / EQF level 6) from a Fachhochschule is also comparable to a Bachelor’s degree from a Dutch vocational university (HBO).
- A Fachhochschuldiplom (EHEA-QF 1st cycle / EQF level 6) is also equivalent to a university of applied sciences (HBO) Bachelor’s degree.
Other qualifications include a language test and sufficient financial proof, as well as possible additional requirements for particular programmes.More information can be found on the Can I study in Holland page.
German students in the Netherlands
German students make up the highest part of students, coming to study in the Netherlands from abroad. in the 2015-2016 study year, there were 22,173 of students from Germany following programmes at the universities, funded by the Dutch government. The most popular study fields, and degrees among those students, were as follows:
|Type of university||Fields of study||Degrees|
of applied sciences
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