Universities of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands
Universities of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands




Universities of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands

Universities of Applied Sciences - universities of applied sciences or specialized universities that offer quality education in technical and creative professions without a scientific bias and are aimed at preparing for professional activities. The most demanded sectors of education are economics, healthcare, agronomy, engineering, and pedagogy. Students of such universities, first of all, learn the profession and learn to apply the acquired knowledge in practice. A variety of educational projects, seminars and internships in national and international companies are an integral part of bachelor's and master's programs.
It is important to note that universities of applied sciences use such a teaching method as Problem-Based Learning (PBL). The method allows students to learn how to find the most optimal solutions to professional problems. The purpose of the method is to teach students to independently find solutions to professional problems. Example: the teacher sets a task for the group and gives complete freedom of action. Students decide for themselves what information is needed to complete the task, where to look for it and how to apply it. This approach to learning allows students to become qualified specialists who are in demand anywhere in the world.

List of universities of applied sciences
  • Amsterdam University of the Arts
  • Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
  • Artez Institute of the Arts
  • Avans Hogeschool, University of Applied Sciences
  • Azusa Theological Seminary
  • Business School Netherlands
  • Business School Notenboom
  • Christian University of Applied Sciences Ede
  • Codarts, University for the Arts
  • Design Academy Eindhoven
  • Driestar Hogeschool
  • Fontys University of Applied Sciences
  • Gerrit Rietveld Academy
  • HAN University of Applied Sciences
  • Hanze University Groningen, University of Applied Sciences
  • HAS Den Bosch University of Applied Sciences
  • HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht
  • HZ University of Applied Sciences
  • Hotelschool The Hague
  • Inholland University of Applied Sciences
  • Katholieke Pabo Zwolle, Teacher Training Institute
  • New Business School Amsterdam
  • NHL University of Applied Sciences
  • NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences
  • Reformed University of Applied Sciences Zwolle
  • Rotterdam University, University of Applied Sciences
  • Saxion University of Applied Sciences
  • STC Group - Netherlands Maritime University (NMU)
  • Stenden University of Applied Sciences
  • The Hague University of Applied Sciences
  • TIO University of Applied Sciences
  • University of Applied Sciences Leiden
  • University of the Arts, The Hague
  • HKU School of the Arts Utrecht
  • Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences
  • Vilentum University of Applied Sciences
  • Webster University, University of Applied Sciences
  • Windesheim University of Applied Sciences
  • Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences
  • Zuyd University of Applied Sciences
Admission to universities of applied sciences

The introductory package of documents in most universities of applied sciences is quite simple. The applicant must provide a document on previous education and a certificate confirming English language proficiency, as well as fill out several registration forms.
For admission to some universities and creative specialties, additional documents and passing online tests or other entrance examinations are required.

Tuition fees for higher education programs

The average cost of education at universities of applied sciences is €8,000, which is significantly cheaper than the cost of education at research universities. However, it must be taken into account that the Netherlands is a country with a high standard of living, where housing and food prices are among the highest in Europe, and therefore, about €11,000 per year for living needs to be included in the list of expenses.

Training courses

Students who do not score the required number of points in the IELTS or TOEFL English exam have the opportunity to take a preparatory course before starting their studies in the bachelor's program.
The term of study on the preparatory course varies from 2 to 12 months, depending on the results of the English language test. For admission to the preparatory course, the minimum result is 5,0 points on the IELTS scale or 59-60 points on the TOEFL iBT, with such points you can enroll in a program lasting 1 year. It is important to note that the minimum scores for admission to preparatory programs in educational institutions are different.

Objectives of the preparatory courses:

Improve your English proficiency to the level required for enrollment in your chosen higher education program.
Prepare for the IELTS or TOEFL English test.
In the case of training in Dutch, prepare for the NT2 exam (Dutch).
To give a general idea of ​​the subjects included in the main program of the university.
Simplify the transition from high school to university and adapt international students to the new country and learning environment.

The cost of preparatory programs:

Semi-annual training - from €4,500 to €6,500.
A year of study in a preparatory course - from €7,500 to €11,500.


Scholarships and grants are aimed at students with high academic and academic achievement. As a criterion, the average score of the certificate / diploma, academic performance in certain disciplines, success in scientific projects, as well as active participation in charity or social work can be used. Financial aid is available for both undergraduate and graduate students.

The Holland Scholarship Grant is a government program available at any public Dutch university and most other universities. Holland Scholarship provides a grant of €5,000 for the first year of study. Further expenses are paid by the student himself.
Orange Tulip Scholarship is a program created by the Dutch government to find talented students from developing countries. The grant, as a rule, covers 50% of the cost of training for the entire period, but full coverage is also possible. Further expenses are paid by the student himself.

Why Global Ambassador students choose Universities of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands:

  • practical approach to learning - internships and Problem-Based Learning approach,
  • relevant areas of study for acquiring a profession in demand,
  • lower tuition fees compared to research universities,
  • language training and courses for career development,
  • the opportunity to receive a scholarship,
  • simple admission process.

Don't miss our next article on education in the Netherlands, which will focus on the practical aspects of studying. You will learn about how to enter or transfer to universities in the Netherlands, whether it is possible to work while studying, how to get a student visa and what are the prospects after graduation in this country.


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