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:
- a 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.
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 2015-2016 academic year, there were 1,207 students from Indonesia studying in Holland, 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|
of applied sciences
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