About Netherlands

Netherlands is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. From the 16th century onwards, Netherlands had a key position in deciding Europe’s economic stability. Home to many global brands and well known for its excellence in industries like food processing, petroleum refining, manufacture of chemicals, electrical machinery, metal products, and electronics, Holland is a beautiful blend of heart warming countryside and vibrant cities. The country has a highly respected higher education system known for its scientific and engineering programs focusing on producing highly employable individuals. If you are a travel lover, studying in Holland will let you explore many art galleries, strings of cafes, historic monuments, and so on. 

Basic Facts

Reasons to Study in Netherlands

Intakes in Netherlands Universities

  • February
  • September

Education Institutions in Netherlands

Higher education in Netherlands is made up primarily of three different types of institutions:  

  • Research Universities (universiteiten; WO)
  • Universities of Applied Science ( hogescholen; HBO)
  • Institutes for International Education

The higher education system in Netherlands is organized around a three-cycle system consisting of bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees.


The WO (Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs; literally “scientific education”) is a program only taught at research universities. It aims to provide higher learning in the arts or sciences. After the bachelor’s program of 3 years, students can enrol in a master’s program, typically 1, 2, or 3 years or enter the job market.


The HBO (Hoger Beroepsonderwijs literally “higher professional education”) aims to provide higher learning and professional training. HBO is the equivalent of a college education in the United States. After HBO (typically 4–6 years), pupils can enrol in a (professional) master’s program (1–2 years) or enter the job market. 

Time Schedule for Processing

February Intake:

  • IELTS Coaching - June
  • IELTS Test - July
  • IELTS Test Result Publication - July/August
  • Submit applications to Universities - from July to October
  • Receive Offer Letters - July to November
  • Arrangement of Funds - August to December
  • Financial Assessment in the Universities - September to January
  • Visa application - October to January
  • Visa Grant - December to February
  • Fly to Netherlands - February

September Intake:

  • IELTS Coaching - December
  • Appear for IELTS Test - January
  • IELTS Test Result Publication -January/February
  • Submit applications to Universities - from January to April
  • Receive Offer Letters - January to May
  • Arrangement of Funds - February to May
  • Financial Assessment in the Universities - May to June
  • Visa Application- June to July
  • Visa Grant - July to September
  • Fly to Netherlands - September

Work Rights and Stay back Policies

  • Students from other countries are permitted to work full-time from June to August or part-time for 10 hours per week.
  • International students who obtain a bachelor’s or master’s degree can spend a period of up to 12 months finding a job as highly skilled migrants.
  • Called the ‘search year’, this is the time given to graduates to look for a suitable job in the Dutch market.

Cost of Study in Netherlands

  • Tuition Fees: 6000 Euro to 8000 Euro per year (Depending on the program)
  • The cost of living in Netherlands is approximately 800-1,100 Euros per month but can vary depending on your lifestyle.

Test Requirement

IELTS is not mandatory for most Institutions.