Universities of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands
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Research Universities in the Netherlands
Art / design Schools in the Netherlands
& their Courses
BUAS is a relatively small University with about 7700 students from over 100 countries. At Breda you are prepared for management-level positions in an international setting.,
BUAS is internationally accredited by (amongst others) the UN World Tourism Organization, the World Leisure Organization and the International Facility Management Association. ECA certificated for Quality in Programme Internationalization.
Best specialized Dutch Universities (UAS), rank 1
THE HAGUE UNIVERSITY
The Hague University is located in the political heart of the Netherlands. here you can find the Peace Palace, International Court of Justice, Het Binnenhof (Dutch parliament), 115 embassies, multinationals like Shell, Siemens and ING and many international NGOs.
At THUAS you will become a global citizen, ready to actively contribute to changing and improving our world.
Best Dutch (large) Universities (UAS), rank 11
Serving and enhancing society to help citizens. That is what drives Tilburg. Their motto 'understanding society' says it all!
Tilburg offers courses in economics, business and entrepreneurship, social and behavioural sciences, law and public administration, the humanities and digital sciences, and theology. Quite all their courses are also offered in English.
Bachelor and Master Courses.
QS World University Ranking 319
University in the innovative heart of the Netherlands: Eindhoven (Brabant) with a large number of students and quality courses to choose from.
Fontys offers housing guarantee & and almost 100% of their technical students (in courses like mechatronics and software engineering) find a job even before graduating. Perfect choice for those who are tech-minded and are considering to also launch their careers in the Netherlands.
Best large Universities (UAS), rank 5
UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE
Famous for combining technology, innovation and society. With a focus on technology and healthcare and smart materials. Strong University for those who are interested in tecnical courses and modern versions of the more classical topics like business and communications. Study psychology here and you will not become a 'couch psychologist' but one that researches how the human mind interacts with AI, robots and virtual reality.
University of Twente is based in Enschede but also offers some courses in Amsterdam.
QS World University Ranking: 172
Saxion is well known for their fantastic learning facilities, in housing for example a professional film studio, a fully functional Fablab, a Lego Education Lab, Virtual Reality labs, Robotics labs, and the list continues. For sure one of the most innovative Universities of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands!
Saxion University has about 27.000 students spread over in 3 cities in the Netherlands: Enschede, Deventer & Apeldoorn.
Best large Dutch Universities (UAS) - rank 7
RUG - University of Groningen
The University of Groningen is an internationally oriented university, rooted in Groningen, already for 400 years.
Groningen University connects education and research to sustainable and economic processes in society. This comes together in three spearheads: Energy, Healthy Aging and Sustainable Society.
QS World University Ranking 120
HZ in Zeeland is one of the smaller Universities of the Netherlands. Here you will become part of an international family and you will never feel 'alone in a strange country'.
The size of the University makes it possible to offer personal education with a lot of attention for each student and their development. HZ offers housing guarantee and its programs intertwine perfectly with what is needed in the professional world.
Best medium Dutch Universities (Applied)- rank 2
Avans has been crowned best large Dutch University of Applied Sciences for many years. They offer few but very high-quality courses in English. They place high demands on students. Without struggle there will be no personal growth, is their firm believe.
- Environmental Science for Sustainable Energy and Technology
- Finance & Control
- Industrial Engineering & Management
- International Business
Best (large) Dutch Universities (Applied) rank 1
TU/e - EINDHOVEN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Hard tech university in the heart of high tech: Eindhoven. Where compagnies like Philips and ASML have their headquarters.
Eindhoven University of Technology is part of the Brainport consortium, a collaboration of universities, companies and government organizations. Creating an ideal start-up climate in this region, making the Brainport region the economic motor of the Netherlands.
TU/e is one of the 3 engineering universities in the Netherlands.
QS World University Ranking 99
NHL STENDEN UNIVERSITY
At NHL Stenden University you collect real-world work experiences as you study and become a true professional. The University also offers many international possibilities. The Stenden campus can be found not only in 5 Dutch cities but also in Qatar, Bali, Thailand & South Africa!
NHL Stenden is also a university that offers the opportunityfor development from a school and non-school point of view, by joining one of the many student associations that are connected to each course.
Best (large) Dutch Universities (Applied) rank 4
ERASMUS UNIVERSITY ROTTERDAM
EUR is one of the two Universities in Rotterdam and is famous for its courses in business, economics, marketing and econometrics. But EUR is also, not to be underestimated for media & communications.
Based in the beautiful modern and edgy city of Rotterdam you will for sure have a great study abroad experience!
QS World University Ranking - rank 179
HAS University of Applied Sciences is a small specialized university in the south of the Netherlands. Food & agriculture, environment and business are the central themes. HAS can be seen as the Applied Science version of research University Wageningen and was voted best educational and expertise Centre in the Southern Netherlands for the agri-food and environment sectors.
The perfect choice for students interested in topics like food, land, water, environment, that like to study in a practical and concrete way. (Also accepts degrees from istituti tecnici, that generally are not accepted by Wageningen University).
Best Specialized Dutch Universities (Applied) - rank 1
Leiden University was founded in 1575 and is one of Europe’s leading international research universities. It has seven faculties in the arts, humanities and sciences, spread over locations in Leiden and The Hague. They are well known for their courses in law, history, philosophy.
QS World University Ranking 122
DELFT UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Delft is one of the 3 technical Universities in the Netherlands, named after the city in which it is based. Delft is noted for programs like aerospace engineering, earth sciences, marine technology and clinical technology. With their academic research they focus on creating impactful solutions for society.
The application deadlines at Delft University are set early in the year and they don't accept all Italian high school diploma's, so check their admission requirements well! Good quality alternatives are University of Twente and Eindhoven University of Technology.
QS World University Ranking - rank 52
Radboud University in Nijmegen has been rated the best general, traditional university in the Netherlands. A University where top research and high-quality education come together!
Their mission: a significant impact, "our society faces complex challenges that require interdisciplinary collaboration". This is why Radboud University has explicitly opted for strong and broadly defined disciplines and cooperation between those disciplines. The university also assigns sustainability a prominent role in its research, education, and business operations.
1. Best Dutch Traditional University
UNIVERSITIES IN AMSTERDAM
In Amsterdam you find several Dutch Universities that offer courses in English. The most famous one is UvA (University of Amsterdam) that ranks 59 in the QS world ranking, then there is the VU (Vrije Universiteit, ranks 213) and also University of Twente (ranks 172 QS World University Ranking) offers some courses in Amsterdam.
Applied Science Universities in Amsterdam are Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, TIO (private) and InHolland. The capital of the Netherlands also offers some great art schools like: AHK (Amsterdam Hogeschool van de Kunsten) and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. A city with a lot to offer! A downside of choosing to study in Amsterdam is that living in this capital of Holland is very expensive and the city is less student friendly then many other smaller Dutch cities.