Nowadays it's quite a challenge for many scholars to choose 'the right' study, let alone choose a university.
And even ìf you do know what to study, like for instance 'international business' or 'technology', then whàt distinguishes one university from the other?
Not all Dutch programmes are automatically given in English. You can choose between:
It makes sense that there are more Dutch programmes than English programmes in the Netherlands. But still, the percentages of English programmes are quite high. Last year the following ration applied:
In the Netherlands, institutions that are called ‘university’ may have different orientations:
IMPORTANT: HBO bachelor's degrees do NOT give automatic access to a related Master's programme at a Dutch academic university! Usually you first need to do a pre-master (6-12 months) after having gained a HBO bachelor's degree.
NOTE: Ovedco focuses on academic universities only, who are accredited by the Dutch government (NVAO). It are only the academic universities (not the HBO) that appear on the world ranking lists.
However, a lot of practical information you find at our website also applies for HBO. Ovedco is working on it to provide information about HBO programmes as well in due time.
The table below shows you the main differences between WO and HBO
The differences between WO and HBO are also clearly explained into more detail on the TU Delft website:
There are 3 renown world ranking lists:
The top-10 Dutch universities are ranked in the top-200 of both Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020 as well as QS World University Rankings 2020.
Suppose you would like to do a technical study, but there are four different technical universities that have an equally good reputation. How can you know which one suits best with your personality, interests and ambitions?
Ask yourself the following questions:
View the differences between Dutch universities where international business programmes have been valued the best.
Do you plan to do a technical study in the Netherlands? We have highlighted the differences between the four most renown technical universities.
Check the IKIGAI model! It very practically shows the balance between:
The combination of these four factors form the reason for which you want to wake up every day 🙂