Dutch admission requirements for Indonesian students

Students of the VU University AmsterdamStudents from Indonesia that would like to study at a higher education institution in the Netherlands must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible to apply.

Besides the basic requirements that need to be met by all non-EU students, Indonesian students must also possess comparable degrees that are recognized by Dutch institutions. These degrees are detailed below.

Requirements for Bachelor’s programme entry

Indonesian students require a secondary school diploma in order to be accepted into a Dutch Bachelor’s programme. Both the Ijazah Sekolah Menengah Atas (SMA) and the Surat Keterangan Hasil Ujian Nasional are comparable to a Dutch vocational secondary school (HAVO) diploma and can allow a student to apply for a Bachelor’s programme at a Dutch university of applied sciences (HBO).

The Ijazah Sekolah Menengah Kejuruan (SMK) is the equivalent of an MBO diploma at level 2 or 3 qualification, depending on the specialisation, in the Netherlands. This may allow a student to apply for an HBO Bachelor’s programme, but other requirements may apply based on the field and specific qualifications of the student.

Requirements for Master’s programme entry

Applying to a Master’s programme in the Netherlands requires the applicant to possess a higher education degree. For Indonesian students, the equivalents of this are:

  • MsM students at the Maastricht City Halla Diploma I (D I) is the equivalent of 1 year of higher education at a Dutch university of applied sciences (HBO),
  • a Diploma II (D II) is comparable to 2 years at a Dutch university of applied sciences (HBO),
  • a Diploma III (D III) can compare to 3 years at a Dutch university of applied sciences (HBO),
  • a Diploma IV (D IV) is the equivalent of a Dutch Bachelor’s degree at a university of applied sciences (HBO),
  • a Sarjana I degree, which is comparable to a university of applied sciences (HBO) Bachelor’s degree, or may be comparable to a research university (WO) Bachelor’s degree, depending on the type of programme completed,
  • a Sarjana II degree, which is comparable to a research university (WO) Master’s degree in a similar field of study.

All four Diploma levels are comparable if the field of study is similar in both countries. A D I, D II, and D III will require the student to take extra years of education in order to match the level necessary to enter a Bachelor’s degree programme in the Netherlands. A D IV will allow a student to apply for a Dutch Master’s degree programme, but additional requirements may be in place, depending on the institution and programme.

The Sarjana I and Sarjana II degrees will allow an Indonesian student to apply for a Master’s programme in the Netherlands.

Other requirements

There are also language and financial requirements that international students must meet in order to study in the Netherlands. Indonesian students will also require a study visa and residence permit.

Indonesian students in the Netherlands

In the 2016-2017 academic year, there were 1,504 students from Indonesia studying in Holland (297 more than a year before), according to the EP-Nuffic's annual report. In the table below you will find an the most popular fields of expertise and degrees among Indonesian students.

 Type of university Fields of study Degrees
  1. Engineering
  2. Economy & Business
  3. Agriculture & Environmental Sciences
  4. Science
  • Bachelor: 20.3%
  • Master: 52.6%
of applied sciences
  1. Economy & Business
  2. Engineering
  3. Arts
  • Bachelor: 26.1%
  • Master: 1.0%

Source: epnuffic.nl

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