How should you, as a foreign student, apply for universities in The Netherlands?

  1. Decide on your course of study
  2. Select the right university
  3. Find out about the entry requirements, tuition fees, and admission process of your university of choice
  4. Gather all materials needed to apply, including fees
  5. Begin your application process

Where to apply

You can apply directly to the university or go through Numerous Fixus, which is a government managed university application system. While Numerus Fixus offers better chances of admission, it is not advisable for English speaking candidates, as most courses provided under the scheme are Dutch-based, except:

  • Medicine
  • Physiotherapy
  • International Business Administration
  • Psychology

Additional entry requirement

This is not a general admission requirement, but some institutions may require the following in addition to regular entry credentials:

  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume with two references
  • Sample academic written work
  • Motivation letter

Application deadlines

Each university indicates its deadlines for application. However, the following are typical deadlines you may take note of:

  • The first of May each year applies to most courses
  • The first of February/March applies to some universities
  • The fifteenth of January is the application deadline for Numerous Fixus and DUO platform

It is advisable to check your institution of interest for its application deadlines and use that as a guide.