Top Courses to Study in the Netherlands

The Netherlands hosts a big and diverse community of international students from several countries. This makes adaptation easier and the feeling of inclusion increases students’ prospects thereafter. It is one of the most popular study abroad destinations for expats. This post covers the top courses to pursue in the Netherlands with average costs, eligibility and deadlines pertaining to the same.

Why study in the Netherlands?

  • Extremely good quality education (and holds good ranking consistently)
  • Home to some of the oldest institutions of the world
  • Location
  • It offers a very exciting student life; Dutch people know (and are willing to speak in) English as it is their second language
  • Collaborative approach towards teaching, education and research
  • It was one of the first non-English speaking countries to introduce courses in English
  • The tuition fees is relatively lower as compared to the UK or the USA

Cost of Study in the Netherlands

For undergraduate degree, one might have to pay anything between 7,000-14,000 Euros per annum while the cost for post graduation could range from 8,000-18,000 Euros per annum.

Eligibility to study in the Netherlands

The following provides a non-exhaustive list of entry requirements for international students in the Netherlands:

  • For an undergraduate degree, school-leaving certificate
  • Some post graduate courses require aptitude tests like GRE/GMAT
  • English Language Test IELTS/TOEFL
  • A 3/4 year undergraduate degree if one is applying for Masters, course-specific
  • A degree that is equivalent to the Dutch education system

Application Deadlines

There are two intakes in Dutch universities for international students.

  • For September intake, the deadline is May-June
  • For February intake, the deadline is November-December

Top Courses to Study in the Netherlands for International Students


The duration of engineering programs in the Netherlands is 3 or 4 year-long and the course is structured such that it encompasses both theory and work placements to increase the chances of future job prospects. The best engineering courses to pursue are:

  • General Engineering
  • Civil Engineering/ Industrial Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Robotics


Undergraduate options for studying law in English are at:

  • The University of Groningen
  • The Hague University of Applied Sciences
  • Maastricht University
  • Tilburg University

Biomedical Sciences

The Netherlands is one of the top destinations for studying biomedical sciences because of its interdisciplinary mode of research and the language being English. The course curriculum in most universities is extensively structured consisting of assessments, seminars and research-oriented modules. In some cases, a Pre-Master’s maybe asked for by some universities in order to be eligible for Masters. The top universities/institutes to consider for the same are:

  • Utrecht University
  • Radbound University
  • Leiden University
  • Maastricht University
  • University of Amsterdam

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The management course duration is either 1 or 2 year in the Netherlands. Although GMAT is required by some Dutch B-schools, some have waived off its requirement. Same applies for previous work experience by aspirants. International students also receive generous scholarships from Dutch universities based on their profile. The placement records of international pass-outs has been decent over the past years. The following universities offer Management courses in English:

  • University of Amsterdam
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences
  • Maastricht School of Management
  • The Hague University of Applied Sciences
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • The University of Groningen

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