More information on visa, staying permits and insurances can be found under work/ practical information.

Do you speak Dutch? How will you manage financially? Are you entitled to receive a scholarship? Are you looking for a job on the side? Are you allowed to do any work as a foreign student?

Selection by lot

Some universities or science universities have more applicants than they can place. The Region is a cultural and an economic hot spot.

In this situation, admission is selected by lot, whereby the universities apply the system of weighted draws. This means that the higher average you have scored the better the chance that a place will be awarded to you. Prospective students with an average grade of 8 or higher for their final examinations are usually automatically awarded a place in their preferred programme. You can apply for one programme that decides admittance by lot.


Foreign students who would like to study in the Netherlands have to master the Dutch language. You have to take a Dutch proficiency test for this. Some institutions offer extensive courses in Dutch, like HAN University of Applied Science.

If you have enrolled in an English programme and English is not your mother tongue, you have to take an English proficiency test. This is not the case when you have lived in an English speaking country for a length of time or went to secondary education in one of the EU-countries. Contact the universities for further details.



A cheap way to study abroad is to make use of an exchange program. On the website of the Nuffic (Netherlands organisation for international cooperation in higher education) you can find an overview of all exchange programs

In the Netherlands grants and government assistance are coordinated by Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs (DUO) and they offer financial assistance for Dutch students and in some cases also for foreign students. To see if you might be eligible for financial assistance, go to their website, which is also in English.

Having a job as a foreign student

In the Netherlands you are allowed to have a job on the side while studying and it is possible to have an internship at a certain businesses. But the government has created a few rules for foreign students who work here. Study in Holland has organised this information for you.

Practical info for international students:


Study in Holland

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