The education system

Holland has two main types of higher education:  research universities and universities of applied science. The universities focus on the independent analysis of research-oriented work in an academic or professional setting. The universities of applied science are more practically oriented, preparing students directly for specific careers.

Research Universities

There are 14 research universities in Holland. These institutions essentially train students in science and the application of science, although many study programmes do also have a professional component and most graduates actually find work outside the research community. The universities vary in size, with enrolments ranging from 6,000 to 30,000.

Participating research universities in the Holland Education Consortium are:


Universities of applied science

The study programmes offered by universities of applied science are professionally oriented. Acquiring practical work experience through internships is an integral part of the study programmes. Holland has 44 universities of applied sciences. The largest have 20,000 to 39,000 students. Altogether approximately 350,000 students are enrolled at universities of applied sciences.

Participating universities of applied science within the Holland Education Consortium are: