Until recently, very few British students decided to study in the Netherlands. Ten years ago there were 54 British nationals studying there and now there are around 3,000. It is possible that we have now reached the peak of British interest in the Netherlands as departure from the European Union has changed the financial reality. While we believe that Dutch universities have a lot to offer British and other international students, we have to accept the reality that Brexit has changed its affordability for many students. Indeed, in the coming years it is likely that other EU nationals wishing to avoid the UK will become more numerous at Dutch universities. For anyone with an EU passport, no matter that they might also be British, there is nothing to worry about from a financial perspective.

For 2021-22  Dutch tuition fees are €2,168 per year for EU passport holders. This is significantly cheaper than English university fees which can be up to £9,250. However, the cost for British and other non-EU passport holders is higher, typically ranging from around €7,000 to €14,000 per year. We have never advocated Dutch higher education for purely financial reasons; there are lots of other reasons why studying in Holland is a good idea.

British students who start in 2021 will have to pay full international fees. It is worth pointing out that fees will definitely not increase for anyone with a passport from any EU member state. Throughout the site we list EU fees and we are in the process of adding international tuition fees. These can vary from one course to the next and from one university to the next. They are almost always significantly lower than full international fees at British universities.

In the Netherlands there are now around 400 Bachelor's degrees taught entirely in English and many more that include a significant English-language component. You can search for bachelor's degrees fully taught in English in our database of Dutch degrees.

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. You can see some of their testimonialson our site and you can speak directly to some of them via our Facebook page Dutch Degrees.

Studying abroad is a big decision to take; there are many things that you need to consider if you want to study in Holland. The application process, securing a student loan, finding accommodation will all be more complicated than going to a university in your home country. Having said that, it doesn’t need to be that difficult and, as with most things, the more time you allow for the process, the smoother it will go. We hope that this website will answer a lot of your general questions but if there is anything specific you would like to ask us, please send us a message.

About Study In Holland is an information service designed to assist British and Irish students in pursuing their university education in the Netherlands.

We have extensive knowledge of English-taught degrees in Holland and we also work with careers advisory services. is owned by A Star Future Ltd and is not affiliated with the Dutch government.