Study in the Netherlands

Study in the Netherlands

Study in the Netherlands – a land of trade and travel

Students deciding to study in the Netherlands will experience a wonderful and open country with an interesting mix of history and cultures built on its rich history of travel and trade. Holland has two types of universities -research universities, which offer a traditional range of subjects and courses – and universities of applied science, which concentrate on technology and have close links with industry.

Tuition fees to study in Holland are comparatively low, and the Dutch government offers generous loans which are open to anyone studying in the Netherlands. 

Study in the Netherlands – the application process

All applications to study in Holland are made through the StudieLink system, which opens a year before you intend to start your course. Dutch universities do not have the same deadlines for applications. Some accept them until the very last minute while others, in particular the research universities, expect all applications to be filed by 15 January or 1 May for most courses. Call Elab for more information on deadlines.

Research universities are interested in your academic results, appraisals, achievements and the reasons you give for wanting to study a particular subject.

Applied Science universities generally look for students who wish to have a practical educational journey, and thus appraisals and references play a major part in determining whether or not you will be offered a place.


Each university has its own checklist of required documentation. Translations are required. These typically include:

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Required documentation:

School certificate 

Exam results when available

A Personal Statement

Academic references

Certificate stating the number of hours you were taught in those subjects you intend to study in Denmark. 

Elab will assist you by:

Reviewing your application documents

Helping you choose suitable universities

Providing advice on additional activities, reading or studies required to enhance your chances of being accepted on your chosen course

Providing details of fees, financing, accommodation and other practical information.

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