Students from the United Kingdom (England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland) are able to take advantage of the many benefits that studying in The Netherlands can offer. As members of the European Union, citizens of these countries are able to live in The Netherlands and study there without requiring study visas or residence permits.
UK citizens are also exempt from requiring IELTS or TOEFL language test results in order to be admitted to a study programme at a Dutch institution. Students will need to meet the secondary school diploma, higher education diploma, or equivalent requirement however in order to apply for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Holland
Applying for a Bachelor’s programme
In order to apply for a Bachelor’s programme at a Dutch institution, English, Welsh, and Northern Irish students require the following qualifications:
- A General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in four subjects with A*-C marks, as well as a General Certificate of Education (GCE) with two subjects at the advanced subsidiary (A/S) level, for a total of 6 subjects at level 3 in the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) / level 4 in the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). These qualifications compare to a vocational secondary school (HAVO) diploma in The Netherlands.
- A GCSE in three subjects with A*-C marks in addition to a GCE with three subjects at the advanced level (six subjects total at QCF level 3 / EQF level 4) equivalates to a secondary school education (VWO) in The Netherlands.
- An Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is also accepted as fulfilling the secondary school requirement. It is necessary to achieve QCF level 3 / EQF level 4. This diploma is also comparable to a secondary school education in The Netherlands and will allow students to apply for a Bachelor’s programme directly.
- A Scottish Qualifications Certificate (SQC) with four credit standard or intermediate grade subjects and two higher grade subjects at SCQF level 6 or EQF level 4 can be compared to a vocational secondary school degree in Holland.
- An SQC with 3 higher and 3 advanced higher grades at SCQF level 7 or EQF level 4 compares to a secondary school education.
Both of these qualifications will allow students to apply for a Bachelor’s degree at the appropriate university level (vocational or research), depending on the study.
Applying for a Master’s programme
English, Welsh, and Northern Irish students that wish to apply for a Master’s degree at a Dutch university require the following qualifications:
- A Bachelor’s honours degree or 3 to 4 years at QCF level 6 or EQF level 6 is equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree at an applied science or research university, depending on the study. This will allow students to apply for a Master’s programme in The Netherlands.
- A Higher National Diploma at QCF or EQF level 5 equivalates to 3 years of study at a Dutch university or applied sciences. A Higher National Certificate can be compared to 2 years in a vocational programme.
Scottish students that wish to apply for a Master’s degree programme in The Netherlands must meet these qualifications:
- An Honours Bachelor’s degree at SCQF level 10 or EQF level 6 can be compared to a vocational or research university degree in Holland, depending on the study.
- An undergraduate Master of Arts degree from one of the four old universities (Aberdeen, St. Andrews, Edinburgh, or Glasgow) at SCQF level 11 or EQF level 6 is also comparable to a vocational or research university Bachelor’s in Holland, depending on the study.
Either of these will allow a student to apply for a Master’s degree.
Next to these diploma qualifications, students must also meet any additional requirements detailed in their application package. For more information about admission procedures, see the Admission page.
Students from the UK in the Netherlands
According to EP-Nuffic, there were 2,305 students from the UK studying in the Netherlands in the 2015-2016 academic year. The most popular fields of studies and degrees among UK students were as follows:
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of applied sciences
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