Until recently, very few British students gave any thought to studying in the Netherlands. The rapid expansion of British higher education and the forthcoming changes in tuition fees have led many to question the value-for-money of an English university degree.
Many European countries have also invested heavily in their higher education provision ensuring that it fits the needs of students, industry and other employers in the 21st century. In many countries one of the ways that this investment has manifested itself is in the development of English-language courses designed to attract the best and brightest students from around the world. In most countries this has so far been seen mostly at the postgraduate level. In the Netherlands however, there are now around 200 bachelor qualifications taught entirely in English and many more that include a significant English-language component.
The Netherlands is a highly outward-looking country and its economy is perhaps the most international in Europe. Knowledge of English is so good that it is possible to survive almost entirely in the English language (and watch BBC television without paying the licence fee). British students who have gone to study in Holland recently have found it to be a very welcoming and supportive study environment.
It is easy to make a compelling case for a country where world-class higher education costs only one sixth of the expected cost of an English university degree (from 2012). However, we are fully aware that the decision of where to study at university will (and indeed should) be influenced by many other factors. With the information on this website, we aim to show you the steps necessary to enrol in a Dutch university. It will never be as simple as applying to a British university but it is fair to say that applying to a Dutch university, living in Holland and benefitting from a Dutch degree are all more readily achievable than they have been in the past.