Netherlands Update 2013

Student-centric.  17+ programs in English.  Value for money.


Leiden, Delft Uni of Tech, Erasmus, Utrecht, Wageningen top 5 in rankings.

13 research universities.  70% completion rate.  Better grades linked to study success.  Studielink.  Full IB diploma not certificates.

1.9k tuition fees. EEA.

English-Language Options in Europe – the Netherlands


Netherlands – 13 research unis.  Lots of subjects.  Largest number of Eng lang programmes among all non-English-speaking countries.  Research unis – 3 year degree, faster teaching.  Applied sciences – 4 years, less

Study in Holland website.  Germany, China and Belgium, Spain and France the top 5 groups of international students.

Ask how many countries are in the class.

12 Dutch unis in the top 200 Times Higher Ed World Uni Rankings.  €800 per month living – 400 house, etc.  Etc.  Tuition fees – €1906 per year.  Non EEA 6k to 12.5k. Loan tuition fee for EEA students.

Stuidelink – choose bachelor programme of your choice.  Check admission requirements – apply following guidelines.  Register to Studie link based on instructions given by institution.

Average gross starting salary 3.9k

Vesalius College, Brussels

Open Day coming up..

I would like to invite you and your students for the Vesalius College Open Day, which will take place on Saturday 19 october from 13.00 – 17.00 at our premises: Karel Van Miert Building, Pleinlaan 5, 1050 Brussels.


Vesalius College offers bachelor programmes in Business, Communications and International Affairs all taught in English. The Open Day is specifically aimed at 11 and 12 grade students who consider starting a bachelor in Brussels.


Our Open Day offers the perfect opportunity to learn more about studying at Vesalius College. Students will get a taste of what Vesalius has in store: a challenging educational system, an international student body, a preparation for a global future and a European setting.


Programme Saturday 19 October




13.00 – 13.15 Registration and coffee
13.15 – 13.30 Welcome speech Dean
13.30 – 14.30 Introduction to the majors: Business, Communications and International Affairs + Q&A
14.30 – 15.10 Alumni session: work and study possibilities after graduation + Q&A
15.10 – 15.25 Break and Info Fair
15.25 – 15.35 Student Life
15.35 – 15.45 The Vesalius Internship Programme
15.45 – 15.55 The Study Abroad Programme
15.55 – 16.10 Admissions and Scholarship Guidelines
16.10 – 16.15 Campus Life
16.15 – 17.00 Info Fair and drinks



Students can register for the Open Day by sending an e-mail to

Please indicate in the e-mail the following information:

  • Student’s name and address (including e-mail address)
  • School and class
  • Preferred major (Business, Communication Studies or International Affairs)
  • The number of people that the student will bring to the Open Day (parents, siblings, friends etc.)


Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.


With best regards,


Ariane Dédeban

Admissions and Recruitment Officer

Vesalius College

Phone: +32 (0)2 614 8202

Fax: +32 (0)2 614 8050



Mailing address: Vesalius College, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels

Visitor’s address: Pleinlaan 5, 1050 Brussels



Dutch Universities – Overview

Jon Halden at the International School recently visited the Netherlands and wrote up his findings.  Here are some key findings.  Thanks to Jon for being, as usual, very generous in sharing his finding with other schools!


Anne Kuijs –

  • small city – between Amsterdam and Brussels
  • Campus – not common in Netherlands
  • Students tend not to live on campus – city centre
  • International Business Admin – Econ (top programme in Netherlands) – Econometrics – Global Law (unique in Europe) – Liberal Art & Sciences
  • Small programmes – e.g. Econ 50 students
  • Employability – Econ graduates to LSE, 1 to Yale
  • ING Dutch Bank loves their graduates

Amsterdam University College

  • international feel
  • a bit bleak?
  • expanding to 900 from 700 students
  • 3 liberal arts programmes – humanities, social sciences and science
  • Maths requirement high (IB 6 points)
  • 32 IB points or equivalent required for entry
  • 5 times as many applications as places

University College Utrecht

  • intimate, friendly campus
  • 1st liberal arts college in Netherlands
  • 700 students
  • cross-fertilization – science majors take courses in humanities and vice-versa
  • academically-charged and highly-motivated environment
  • 16 hours per week contact time – 4-7 hours self-study per course
  • IB 34-46 to do well there

Leiden University

  • oldest and highest ranking in Netherlands
  • no campus – integrated in beautiful town
  • small number of degree programmes in English – liberal arts at the University College based in Hague
  • 45 credits out of 60 required by end of 1st year to go to 2nd year.  6-10 needed to get credit for each course.
  • Drop-out rate 30%

Erasmus University – Rotterdam

  • large buildings but modern facilities
  • Economics and Business Management particularly strong
  • non-compulsory mass lectures – mandatory workshops and seminars (20-30)

Other Info

  • university colleges looking for 32 IB points or more or equivalent
  • some Science programmes require you to have studied all 3 sciences during 1ère and Tle – only Maastricht has relaxed this requirement.  Otherwise, take a test to demonstrate your proficiency.
  • Letter of motivation needed – non-academic factors as well as academic credentials
  • Fees – €1800 per year tuition (true cost €8000).  University colleges €3500 per year
  • Drop-out rate 30% – Uni Colleges 8-10%
  • apply online via uni website.  May also need to register with Studielink.