Study in Netherlands

The Netherlands is a country of stunning landscapes: fields of tulips, rows of windmills, and snow-covered canals. Perhaps the country’s beauty is the reason it has produced so many of the world’s most treasured artists. Rembrandt and Van Gogh are among the most famous, and each has their own dedicated museum in the capital city, Amsterdam. The city is built on rings of concentric canals, and in fact boasts more individual canals than Venice. Yet the Netherlands is probably best known for its liberal social policies. It was the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage and it draws much of its tourism from the legality of some recreational drugs. Some coffee shops in the Netherlands sell marijuana along with cappuccinos. While Amsterdam is the capital, the Dutch seat of power is actually The Hague, where the country’s parliament is located. The Hague is also the home of the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. The Netherlands is a prime destination for students of engineering, computer science and mathematics due to the Delft University of Technology, one of the world’s top specialist universities. The University of Amsterdam is a notable generalist university in the country’s capital, ranking highly in global comparisons across a broad spectrum of subjects. Many of its degrees can be taken in English, and Dutch people have a reputation for speaking English fluently as a second language.

If you want to study in Netherlands, then you need to know which of its universities are right for you. Times Higher Educations World University Rankings take the top institutions in the world, and look at their performance across all of their core objectives: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Netherlands has 13 universities in the overall Times Higher Educations World University Rankings. The highest-ranking university in Netherlands is Delft University of Technology, which is ranked at number 59.

Choosing where to study for a degree in Netherlands is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. THE’s student resources are here to help you make the right choice, particularly if you want to study abroad. Explore the universities of Netherlands below - we’ve pulled together some information that we hope will help you to decide where to study.

Use the map to see where Netherlands’s top universities are located, and if any institutions are of particular interest, you can click on their name, or the “explore” button, to find out more. We’ve also pulled in information about how much Netherlands is investing in its higher education, and also how many people live there.

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Top universities in Netherlands

Statistics about Netherlands

  • Expenditure on education out of total expenditure 12.14%
  • Of which, on higher education 28.94%
  • Enrollment rate in higher education 78.5%
  • Population 16,936,520
  • Unemployment 6.9%
  • Annual GDP 1.99%
Data source: The World Bank