Top Universities and Colleges in Netherlands

With some of the oldest universities in the world, and one of the first countries in continental Europe to introduce English-taught courses, the Netherlands has started to get a lot of attention for its highly ranked, prestigious medical schools, engineering schools, law schools, and business schools. And a lot of attention for their easy-going laws, but that's another subject altogether.

Several institutions and universities all over the Netherlands have high rankings and a global reputation for scientific discovery and research. Just think of Leiden University, Utrecht University, Wageningen University and Research, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Eindhoven University of Technology - just some of the many schools and institutions in the Netherlands that are popular and highly ranked among the best universities in the world.

Best Universities in Netherlands according to International Rankings

Universities Times Higher Education Ranking (2021) Shanghai Jiao Tong University Ranking (2020) TopUniversities Ranking (2021) U.S. News & World Report Ranking (2021)
Wageningen University and Research 62 151 115 83
University of Amsterdam 66 101 61 40
Leiden University 70 80 128 86
Erasmus University Rotterdam 72 80 197 68
Utrecht University 75 52 121 54
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) 78 151 57 172
University of Groningen 80 69 128 92
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 116 101 236 80
Maastricht University 121 201 234 189
Radboud University 136 101 214 103
Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) 187 401 120 349
Tilburg University 201 601 368 490
University of Twente (UT) 201 401 197 390
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University Rankings Explained

World University Rankings created by Times Higher Education takes into account the reputation of research done by universities and how often papers produced by universities were quoted around the world.

Academic Ranking of World Universities created by Shanghai Jiao Tong University focuses on the number of award-winning scientists, most cited researchers from the listed universities, and their contribution to the scientific community.

QS World University Rankings created by TopUniversities surveys a large number of academic experts about the reputation of universities and also measures the quality of teaching.

Best Global Universities Rankings created by U.S. News & World Report analyses university graduation rates and how many students remain enrolled in their second year of studies. It also surveys university representatives on the performance of universities.

Study in Netherlands

Study abroad in the Netherlands (also known as Holland), the first non-English-speaking country to offer Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees taught in English. International students in the Netherlands love the country because of its tolerant and inclusive policies. Choose to study in the Netherlands at some of the best universities and colleges in Europe.


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