Higher education in Holland is known for its high quality and its international study environment. With more than 2,100 international study programmes and courses, it has the largest offer of English-taught programmes in continental Europe. Dutch higher education also has reasonable tuition fees.


The Netherlands is home to one of the world’s oldest and most highly respected systems of higher education, dating back to the 16th century. The QS World University Rankings® 2015/16 includes 13 universities in the Netherlands, all ranked within the world's top 300, and an impressive five of these are within the global top 100. The nation’s highest-ranking institution is the University of Amsterdam, at 55th in the world, with Delft University of Technology and Utrecht University not too far behind, at 64th and 94th respectively.

Combine this high quality with relatively favorable tuition rates and plenty of English language courses (the Dutch are generally known for their fluency in English as a second language) and you can begin to see why the Netherlands is one of continental Europe’s most popular choices for international study.


Netherlands at a glance

Capital: Amsterdam

Major Cities: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Eindhoven, Tilburg, Groningen

Currency: Euro

Drives on the: Right

Calling Code: +31