Universities in the Netherlands offer students a wide range of excellent Bachelor’s programmes. They have also been able to expand the number of choices for students who search for higher education in Europe by establishing university colleges.
University colleges have become very popular among both Dutch and international students because of the high quality of their courses and an interdisciplinary educational approach. The Liberal Arts and Sciences Bachelor’s programme offered by such institutes allow students to create their own study curriculum and develop their personal and professional talents and abilities on an individual basis (as an example, see details of the LAS programme at the Amsterdam University College).
The broad selection of disciplines within college programmes provides students with the possibility to continue education at Dutch research universities at the Master’s level in nearly any field of study.
Features of Dutch university colleges
- University-level undergraduate study programmes, taught in English.
- Three-year Bachelor’s (Honours) programmes.
- Liberal arts and sciences educational approach.
- Broad, interdisciplinary majors.
- Intake assessment, strict selection.
- High tempo, demanding, intensive studies.
- Dutch and international students living and studying together (in dorms).
- Small classes, low student to staff ratio.
- Focus on personal tutoring and support.
Students of university colleges consistently give these institutions the best scores in national surveys such as Elsevier's annual review of higher education in the Netherlands, particularly for the level of education and qualification of teachers.
List of Dutch university colleges
- Amsterdam University College, founded by the University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam;
- University College Utrecht and University College Roosevelt, both founded by Utrecht University;
- The Academy of Technology and Liberal Arts and Sciences (ATLAS), founded by the University of Twente;
- LUC, the Hague International Honours College, founded by Leiden University;
- University College Maastricht, founded by Maastricht University.
See the deadlines for application at some of Dutch university colleges.