The Netherlands also known as Hollands, is known for its various attributes of life, such as life standards, quality of life, language, culture, quality of education, climatic conditions, environmental aspects, home to many global multinationals like Philips, Shell, ING, Heineken, Unilever and more. The pleasant soothing climate, picturesque landscapes that fill your vision throughout, warm, welcoming and homelike culture makes Netherlands one of the most popular countries to stay. It is also ranked 6th happiest country to live in. Whilst the most important aspect being language, English is widely spoken despite being a non-English speaking country.

There’s a lot that one can talk about the country who is a travel freak, as Netherlands is the “gateway to Europe” as it stands central to many European countries like Paris, Berlin, London and Brussels. Amsterdam is the capital which is the biggest attraction in all major aspects for students and working professionals.

The eligibility for admissions is extensive for all categories of students and is a global leader to fields of agriculture, banking and finance, design and logistics, business and law as well. The top universities of Netherlands are Delft University of Technology, University of Amsterdam, Wageningen University and Research, Leiden University and many more. All universities offer higher education at all bachelor, masters and doctoral levels, that answers all the basic questions of “how to study in Netherlands” and “what to study in Netherlands”. Considering the professional career, the academic structure of Netherlands is categorised into two sections of universities: Research Based and Applied Sciences for specific professions.
Listing a few popular universities that rank in the top 15 in Netherlands as well as are accessible for higher education in Netherlands are as below:

1. Radboud University:
• Ranks the 7th in Netherlands
• Offers varied courses in Bachelor’s & Master’s
• Wide range of disciplines and interdisciplinary courses
• Effective approach of educational methods
• 14 research institutes in the campus
• University Alumni Network for professional networking
• Prime location and connectivity with other major cities like Amsterdam, Cologne and Brussels

2. Maastricht School of Management:
• Ranks the 32nd in Netherlands
• Recognized by the Mistry of Education, Science & Culture that is Dutch-based legal entity for Higher Education in Netherlands
• Offers valuable Management Degree Programs and each of them carry valuable foreign accreditations of AMBA, IACBE, ACBSP & ATHEA
• Caters global educational standards
• Provides housing services, library, medical services and a lot more
• Is located in the centre of the city of Maastricht

3. University of Twente:
• Ranks the 9th in Netherlands
• QS World Ranking 2020 - 186
• Offers courses for Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhDs, Summer School as well as Online
• Offers the education model of module & project-based work
• Concentrates of student driven learning
• The education model functions as researcher, designer and organizer
• Provides housing facilities and other campus life arrangements
• Provides scholarships and student exchange programs as well

4. Tilburg University:
• Ranks the 12th in Netherlands
• Has top 50 worldwide extensive programs on business, economics, law and psychology
• Offers Bachelor’s, Master’s and Post Graduate Programs, Research Programs & PhD programs
• Is ACSB accredited
• Provides housing services and in-campus facilities and arrangements
• Provides a strong Alumni Network
• Provides Scholarships and Grants

5. Fontys University of Applied Sciences:
• Ranks among the topmost universities
• Provides Bachelor’s, Master’s and Short-term courses
• Campuses in Eindhoven, Tilburg and Venlo
• Provides multiple specialized programs in ICT, Engineering, Fine Arts and Performing Arts, Marketing, Business and lot a more
• Aids on housing and other in-campus arrangements
• Provides internships

Talking of study in the Netherlands for international students, Netherlands Universities rank in the top 250 of the world, which make it a valued destination. The education fees are also very competitive and lower than other English-speaking countries like the USA, UK, Canada or Australia. One can have a smooth application to the top and popular universities of the Netherlands when talking of higher education abroad.

Author's Bio: 

I am an overseas education consultant, having ten years of experience in Study Abroad Consultancy. I am interested in writing articles on careers and education abroad for students wishing to study abroad.