17 Top-Ranked Universities in Netherlands - World University Rankings - Mastersportal.com

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 (2023) Shanghai Jiao Tong University Ranking (2023) TopUniversities Ranking (2024) U.S. News & World Report Ranking (2023)
Wageningen University and Research 59 151 151 89
University of Amsterdam 60 101 53 39
Utrecht University 66 52 107 44
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) 70 151 47 169
University of Groningen 75 76 139 88
Leiden University 77 101 126 74
Erasmus University College 80 88 176 65
Erasmus University Rotterdam 80 88 176 65
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 121 151 207 82
Radboud University 139 101 222 106
Maastricht University 145 201 256 186
Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) 201 401 124 342
Tilburg University 251 701 371 531
Twente Pathway College 251 401 210 400
University of Twente (UT) 251 401 210 400
Maastricht University - Center for European Studies - 201 - -
IHE Delft Institute for Water Education - - - 1008
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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

The Netherlands is a very popular study destination. Internationals choose this beautiful country because Dutch universities are some of the best in Europe, the living standards are high, foreigners are always welcome, and you get to live in one of the happiest and safest countries in the world. The Netherlands is also renowned for innovative technologies and engineering solutions, which is reflected in the wide range of Engineering degrees offered by universities. English is spoken by around 90% of Dutch citizens, so forget about language barriers. Also, bike lanes and the “cycling culture” will help you to stay fit and healthy, and there are diverse job opportunities and internships for international students.


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