The Netherlands is a top study destination in Europe for international students with as many as 112,000 of them being enrolled at Dutch universities in 2017, a record high for the country. Studyportals can certify that Dutch universities are some of the most searched ones in Europe, after universities in Germany and UK.
If you want to study in the Netherlands, knowing which universities students searched and at which universities they want to apply to can help you find the right one for you. A university that is internationally open and has the best cost-academic performance ratio.
Just before we unveil the top 10 most searched universities and the top 10 universities students want to apply to in the Netherlands, you should know that most international students who go Dutch for their studies come from countries like Germany, China, and Italy and that they often choose to study in the following subject areas:
- Masters in Business in the Netherlands
- Masters in Social Sciences in the Netherlands
- Masters in Engineering in the Netherlands
10 most popular Dutch universities on Studyportals
In 2017, 10 Dutch universities ranked among the top 150 most searched universities on Studyportals. Let’s see the countdown and consider why these higher education institutions caught students’ eyes.
1. University of Amsterdam (UvA)
The University of Amsterdam is one of the oldest ones in the Netherlands, yet continues to keep up with the latest trends in education with more than 150 English-taught degrees and great worldwide reputation proven by its 55th ranking in global tops. Plus, it’s located in the heart of Europe making it impossible not to feel connected and cosmopolitan while you are a student there.
2. University of Groningen
The University of Groningen improves year by year, climbing the international education tops, mainly through cutting edge research. Plus, it’s in the city with the youngest population in Netherlands, so you’re surely never going to get bored there.
3. Erasmus University Rotterdam
When the name precedes the university, you know its’s going to be hard to compete with the reputation Erasmus University Rotterdam has. An international research university, this higher education institution attracts numerous talented students every year through a multidisciplinary approach to studies.
4. Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
Delft University is the perfect place to become an engineer where ALL Master’s programmes are taught in English. Top-ranked internationally, Delft attracts students through the open approach to education.
5. Utrecht University
Utrecht University is a leading Dutch University, recognised in international tops for the top-notch programmes and interactive teaching methods. Add the applied research and multidisciplinary courses and you get a recipe for success.
6. Wageningen University & Research
At Wageningen University & Research you’ll surely develop your inner explorer and have a noble purpose – improving the quality of life. This university is the right option for you if you are science-inclined.
7. Leiden University
Leiden University is unique because it manages to be personal even if it is globally oriented. Students who chose to study here benefit from great teacher support while also being in a multicultural academic environment.
8. Maastricht University
Maastricht University is the leading Dutch university when it comes to international orientation, priding itself with bringing people of different cultures together for a one-of--a-kind student experience. Research is focused on organic materials, migration, economics, and finance.
9. Radboud University
Inspiration and challenge are the best words to describe Radboud University which offers students extensive freedom to choose courses and curricula while also making them feel valued and appreciated by teachers through small group courses and seminars.
10. Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)
At TU/e you’ll learn that success is often a matter of process, of trial and error. This university prepares you for the ups and downs of all research and will inspire you to always improve your skills and knowledge. TU/e is a serious option to consider if you are interested in tech studies.
The top 10 universities that registered students on our portal said they want to study at are more or less the same as the most searched ones, but the order is slightly different. Here’s how they rank:
- Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
- Utrecht University
- University of Groningen
- Radboud University
- Maastricht University
- Leiden University
- University of Amsterdam (UvA)
- Erasmus University Rotterdam
- Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)
- Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
How to apply to a Dutch university
First, check if you match the entry requirements and admission qualifications of the university. Your educational background and grade point average from your previous studies will determine if you qualify for your chosen Master’s programme.
To apply you can either join the Numerus Fixus degree course lottery or apply directly to the universities websites. Also, DUO (part of the Dutch Ministry of Education) administrates places on limited quota degree courses.
If you want to apply for an English-taught degree, the accepted language certifications are: TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge.
Typical required documents are:
- A personal statement
- Copies of diploma and certificates
- Transcript of records
- Sample of academic written work
The application deadline for most courses is the 1st of May. You can read a more detailed description of the application process at Dutch Universities here.
Once you checked the most popular Dutch universities, you can expand your search and check more schools in the Netherlands. What you should keep on mind is that it is often the study programme that matters most. Choose a degree that matches your skills, interests and finances and you’ll see that the application process will seem like a piece of cake!
Incentives to apply from the Dutch Government!
If you are from an EU/EEA country or Suriname and you start studying a Bachelor’s at a public university in the Netherlands in 2018-2019, you will only pay half of the tuition fee in the first year. The key condition to be eligible is to not have studied in the Netherlands before.
The fee discount also applies to Master’s degrees in Initial Teacher Education, provided that you start a Bachelor’s in Education in 2018-2019.