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Dutch Universities

The Netherlands offer more study and research programs in English than any other European country (over 800!) covering all academic and professional fields. The best way to find the right program for you is by making direct contact with a Dutch university or colleague in your field.

From Tammy Nyden-Bullock: 'I found that having an affiliation with a university and a particular professor was essential for both my research and for practical arrangements. My best advice is start early — as soon as you begin thinking about going to the Netherlands. If you don't already know a professor or institution that matches your research interests, look through bibliographies of recent publications, talk to your professors, and pay special attention to the acknowledgements section of recent books published on your subject. Once you find a few names, contact them by letter or e-mail explaining your research interests and intention to go to The Netherlands. If they cannot help you, they may be able to suggest someone who can.'

Nuffic, the organization for internationalisation of education, has a database to help you find the right academic program for you: You can also refer to the complete list of Dutch universities below. Each of their websites has an English language and/or international student page.

Dutch Universities/Universiteiten (Research-based, Academic Programs)

1. Erasmus University Rotterdam (

"The principal tasks of Erasmus University Rotterdam are the generation and transfer of knowledge proceeding from a high degree of social engagement. To this end, the university pursues knowledge in an inquiring, critical, investigative and flexible manner, with a strong international orientation and based on the values of professionalism, teamwork and fair play." With over 16,000 students, EUR has faculties and schools in: Economics; Law, Social Sciences; Philosophy; History and Arts; Management and Business; Medicine; and Health Policy and Management.

2. Radboud University Nijmegen (

The University is "one of the leading academic communities in the Netherlands. Renowned for its green campus, modern buildings, and state-of-the-art equipment, it has eight faculties and enrolls over 16.000 students in approximately 90 study programmes…" Its departments include: Law; Management; Arts; Social Sciences; Science; Mathematics and Computing Science; Theology; Philosophy; and Medicine.

3. The Open University of the Netherlands (

The Open University is an institute for distance learning at the university level. "The Dutch government's purpose in founding Open Universiteit Nederland was to make higher education accessible to anyone with the necessary aptitudes and interests, regardless of formal qualifications."Departments include: Management, Cultural Studies, Computer Sciences, Natural Sciences, Psychology, Law, and Education.

4. University of Groningen (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen,

The University of Groningen is located in the northeast of The Netherlands. It "has a long academic tradition encompassing virtually every scientific discipline." With over 20,000 students, its faculties include: Theology; History and Arts; Law; Philosophy; Mathematics and Natural Sciences; Management and Organization; Economic Sciences; Psychology; Social Sciences and Education; Spatial Sciences; and Medicine.

5. Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (

"The Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e) provides engineering, postgraduate design, and teacher-training programmes, and post-academic courses…The TU/e is an excellent partner for companies strongly oriented towards technology. The campus serves as a foundation for new enterprises." It has 6800 students and departments in: Architecture, Building and Planning; Electrical Engineering; Chemical Engineering and Chemistry; Applied Physics; Technology Management; Mechanical Engineering; Mathematics and Computer Science; Biomedical Engineering; and Industrial Design.

6. Universiteit van Amsterdam (

UvA has over 20,000 students and considers itself "…one of the leading research universities in Europe and the world, not only on the basis of its nature and history, but also its current qualities and ambitions." It has faculties in: Dentistry, Economics and Econometrics, Humanities, Law, Medicine, Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

7. Leiden University (

"Remaining faithful to its historical mission, Leiden offers outstanding international students an intellectually exciting learning environment with high academic standards." With about 20,000 students altogether, the university offers over 40 graduate programs in English, including: Archaeology; Language and Literature; Arts and Design; Law; Astronomy; Mathematics; Biology & The Environment, Medicine and Bio-Pharmacy; Business, Management and Economics; Physics Chemistry; Politics and Diplomacy; Computers and IT; Psychology; Cultural Studies; Religion and Philosophy.

8. Universiteit Maastricht (

"UM is a general, internationally-oriented university, pursuing problem-based learning, outstanding research, and active interaction with the (EU) region." With 11,500 students, the university offers programs in: Arts and Culture; Economics and Business Administration; General Sciences; Health Sciences; Law; Medicine; Psychology; and Life Sciences.

9. Tilburg University (

Tilburg University is "…a compact institution for higher education, specialised in human and social sciences and located in the southern part of the Netherlands." With almost 10,000 students, it has departments in: Economics and Business Administration; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Law, Arts; Philosophy; and the Tilburg Faculty of Theology.

10. University of Twente (

"The University of Twente is an entrepreneurial research university and is the Netherlands' only campus university." With about 7,000 Masters and PhD students, it has faculties in: Behavioral Sciences; Business, Public Administration and Technology; Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Sciences; Engineering Technology; and Science and Technology.

11. Utrecht University (

UU is located in the heart of the Netherlands and "has developed into one of Europe's largest and most prominent institutes of research and education. With 47 Bachelor's programmes and 162 Master's programmes, Utrecht University offers the broadest spectrum of disciplines available in the Netherlands…" With almost 24,000 students, UU has faculties in: Humanities; Law, Economics and Government; Medicine; Veterinary Medicine; and Science Federation.

12. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (

"The VU University Amsterdam stands for high quality, fundamental, innovative and socially oriented research… In the area of social service, the Vrije Universiteit is a university that places teaching and research at the service of a society centred on sustainability." Faculties include: Arts; Dentistry; Economics and Business Administration; Human Movement Sciences; Earth and Life Sciences; Law; Medicine; Psychology and Education; Sciences; Social Sciences; Theology; and Philosophy.

13. Wageningen University and Research Center (

"Wageningen University wishes to develop and disseminate the scientific knowledge needed to sustainably supply society's demand for sufficient, healthy food and a good environment for humans, animals and plants." Chair groups are in: Agrotechnology and Food Sciences; Animal Sciences; Social Sciences; Environmental Sciences; and Plant Sciences.

14. Delft University of Technology (

"Founded in 1842, Delft University of Technology is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive technical university in The Netherlands. With over 13,000 students and 2,100 scientists (including 200 professors), it is an establishment of both national importance and significant international standing." With 13,000 students, TU Delft has faculties in Aerospace Engineering; Applied Sciences; Architecture; Civil Engineering and Geosciences; Design, Engineering and Production; Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Sciences; Technology, Policy and Management.

Dutch Universities/Hogescholen (Universities of Applied Sciences)

Hogescholen offer "practical training for specific careers", as opposed to the "fundamental pursuit of knowledge as scholars and scientists" at universiteiten. There are approximately 38 hogescholen in the Netherlands, offering programs in economics and management; engineering and technology; health care, behavior and society; agriculture and the natural environment; fine and performing arts; and education. Lists of hogescholen can be found at the Vereniging Hogescholen.

Other research universities in the Netherlands are:

University Colleges (WO)

Universities of Applied Sciences (HBO or Hogeschool)

International Primary and Secondary Schools in the Netherlands

A partial list of international schools in the Netherlands is listed below by region.


Amsterdam Area








The Hague






Additional listings can be found on these websites:

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