Netherlands Consulate General in Hong Kong SAR and Macao SAR, China

Study in the Netherlands

The education system in Holland is known for its high quality in education and research and its international study environment. The Dutch educations system has two types of higher education; research universities and the so called universities of applied science. Together they offer over 1500 international study programs and courses. This means that the Netherlands is ranked the country with most English taught programs in Europe and nearly everyone in the Netherlands speaks English This makes the Netherlands an attractive destination for students from all over the world.


Research universities focus on the development of students in research-oriented skills, to prepare students to work in an academic or professional setting. Ten of our Research Universities are ranked in the top 200 of the Times Higher Education Supplement. Universities of applied sciences offer professional programs, to develop practical knowledge and skills to prepare students for specific careers.

A third, smaller branch of higher education is provided by institutes for international education, which offer programmes designed especially for international students.

On our website, you’ll find information about living in the Netherlands, applying for a visa, and getting your qualifications recognized.

The website of Nuffic (the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education) provides information on everything you need to know about studying in the Netherlands.



Use the Residence Wizard ( of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) to find out what requirements you have to meet and what documents you need if you want to study in the Netherlands.

The Dutch government attempts to make Dutch higher education as accessible as possible to students and mid-career professionals from other countries. In Holland, higher education is subsidized, which means that tuition fees can be kept relatively low. For information about additional scholarships, use this link  

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