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The Elsevier Magazine has published the annual rankings for 2015, assessing top Dutch universities of applied sciences and research universities in the Netherlands. The score of each university is heavily based on the results of the annual National Student Questionnaire.

Times Higher Education published the 2015-2016 edition of its World University Rankings on September 30th. 10 out of 13 Dutch research universities improved their positions in this year’s list and 8 of the institutions made it into the top 100 of the overall ranking. Last year’s results had 6 Dutch universities in the top 100.

The 12th edition of the QS World University Rankings was published on September 15th, 2015, revealing top 800 universities in the world. All 13 Dutch research universities were scored among the best 300 institutions, while five of them have also made it into the top 100.

Did you want to start your study in the Netherlands in September, but missed the application deadlines? Start your programme in February! Many of the Bachelor’s degrees offered at Dutch universities of applied sciences and some Master’s programmes at research universities have 2 intake periods. There are also a number of preparatory courses that begin in February.

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), also known as the Shanghai Ranking, recently released their 2015 edition of the top 500 universities in the world. Many of the Netherlands’ research institutions, which offer higher education for international students, maintained their high standings and good reputation. Some of the institutions improved their overall global positions and also excelled in specific subjects and fields of science.

Universitas 21, a worldwide consortium of leading research universities, has issued the rankings of countries, which offer higher education for international students. Forth year in a row these rankings evaluated various criteria of national education systems as well as their progress and global impact.

The Dutch cities of Amsterdam, Utrecht, and Eindhoven are 3 of the top 5 cities in the recently published Copenhagenize Index 2015. This year’s results reaffirm the Netherlands’ status as the most bicycle-friendly country in the world.

You have just arrived and want to settle all the essential things as soon as possible. One of such things is, of course, buying a bicycle.

The 3rd edition of the Social Progress Index (SPI) was recently published, revealing the best and worst countries worldwide in terms of the social and environmental health of the population. The Netherlands was ranked 9th overall in the list of 133 countries, falling slightly from the 4th place spot the country held in last year’s edition of the index.

Leiden University’s Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) has recently published its ranking of the top 750 universities in the world. These rankings assessed the scientific impact of universities by identifying how often they were cited in articles and reviews during recent years.