Can I study in Holland?

HZ University studentsUniversities in The Netherlands are interested in attracting motivated students from all over the world. Therefore, the requirements for prospective students are transparent and there are no intake exams.

Most universities require students to:

  • have a secondary school or higher education diploma or an equivalent,
  • pass the IELTS or TOEFL test with appropriate results,
  • and have the finances required to study (including tuition and housing fees).

If you meet these basic criteria, the world of Dutch education is open for you!

Which universities can I apply?

There are different types of universities in Holland which may have different requirements for prospective students applying for a Bachelor’s programme.

Building of Nyenrode Business UniversiteitUniversities of applied sciences usually do not request additional information. All you need to do is to pass an IELTS or TOEFL test (if you do not live in a native English-speaking country), arrange the required documents and send them to the admission office of your selected university approximately 3-4 months for non-EU and 1-2 months for EU students before the next academic year starts.

Research universities and university colleges may have additional requirements for prospective students who just received their secondary school diploma. These types of institutions may request some specific data related to prior education or even ask students to pass the intake assessment in certain disciplines.

To apply for a Master’s programme at any Dutch university, a Bachelor's degree diploma is required. In this case students also need to have better English language skills and sometimes may need to provide additional documents such as recommendation or motivation letters.

How to start the application process?

The application procedure starts by following these steps:

  1. Choose your university and study programme.
  2. Arrange the documents required for the application.
  3. Pass an IELTS or TOEFL exam. Arriving to VU University AmsterdamTheir results are strictly required for admission, unless you live in a native English-speaking country or have previous higher education in English.
  4. Start your application procedure  before the application deadline set by university. Check the website of your chosen university to check if you need to do it via Studielink or through the website itself, or both. This step can be done even before you receive your secondary school or Bachelor’s diploma and/or English test results.

In case you are going to finish your prior education during the same year that you apply to a Dutch university, make sure to send a document from your school or institution that confirms your pending graduation. This document must be translated into English, French, Dutch, or German, and notarized.

The rest of the documents can be sent later, but must be sent before the university’s application visa deadlines.

Failed IELTS or TOEFL test?

Deventer campus of Saxion University with Prep Courses offeredIf your English language skills are not enough to apply directly to the degree programme of your choice, you can apply for a preparatory course. Many universities in The Netherlands offer such courses that not only improve English proficiency to an academic level, but also help to adapt students to living and studying in the country. Moreover, some universities provide students of their prep courses with guaranteed scholarships for further education.

Remember that you still need to pass an English language exam and send its results to the admission office when applying for the preparatory course.

These are general guidelines for international students. The application procedure to Dutch universities may be different for students from various countries so it is always good to double-check requirements, deadlines, and application methods available for students of your country.

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10/10/2016, 09:23 # tinashe

i am interested in studying at your university I was doing a programme in engineering ,but could not proceed because of financial and economic challenges in our country

10/10/2016, 11:35 # staff

You can choose suitable study programme below:

15/10/2016, 19:42 # Prakash Naik

Iam from india ,iam intrested to do in Holand ,how to join Masterdegree in Economic How the process

17/10/2016, 11:47 # staff

If you already read about the admission, so the second step will be choosing the study programme:
Also please be so kind to check the information about applying procedure:

18/10/2016, 10:17 # Umoh charles

I will luv to study master in business or marketing but don't understand where TOEFL come becos Nigeria is English speaking country pls can I apply without TOEFL thank u.

18/10/2016, 11:43 # staff

Unfortunately, there is no such option, because Nigeria is not on the official list of English speaking countries.
However, the candidates who can prove that prior education solely conducted in English can exempted from English exam requirements.

30/10/2016, 03:56 # Raghav

Hi i am raghav from India. What is the cgpa required in the bachelors degree to do masters in law?

31/10/2016, 09:11 # staff

Hello, Raghav!
You can find all information about study programmes you are interested in below:

31/10/2016, 20:04 # Poonam

hello I am from India am interested in doing pHD in holland currently i am working in multinational company kindly guide me for admission.

01/11/2016, 10:20 # staff

Hello, Poonam!
You need to write directly to university for Ph.D admission.
Also, please be so kind to read the information about Ph.D degree in Netherlands:

07/12/2016, 16:43 # Ahmad Almoussa

my name is Ahmad , i am from Syria, i studied Mechanichl Engineering but i didn't end my studies because of the war and I now live in Germany as a refugee i will ask if there is a program to help refugee students to complete their studies in the Netherlands .
Thank you very much

07/12/2016, 17:04 # staff

Hello, Ahmad!
Try to search for some suitable for you grant:

15/04/2017, 09:45 # vinay joshi

i am from india and wanna study in holland in11 and12 class what qualifications i should do

19/04/2017, 13:41 # staff

Hello, Vinay!
Do you want to study in high school or in university?

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