As the spiritual home of the Erasmus program, the Netherlands is an excellent destination for study abroad. Today, a Masters in Holland means studying at historic universities in one of the world's most international university systems.
The Dutch university system stretches back to the sixteenth century and has supported some of the most important developments in western thought, from the first electric battery to the origins of modern biology and taxonomy. The country also has a proud tradition of welcoming international students and scholars - reflecting its famously cosmopolitan culture and liberal social values.
Masters students in the Netherlands today have excellent opportunities to visit some of Europe's most beautiful university cities, from the picturesque canals of Amsterdam and Leiden to the striking modern skyline of The Hague.
Nearly 58,000 students study abroad in the Netherlands, making the country one of the most popular destinations in Europe and reflecting its focus on international education.
Masters degrees in the Netherlands can be one or two years long, depending on the course type and subject area. The Dutch academic year runs from September to June.
The cost of a Masters degree in the Netherlands depends partly on student nationality. EU and EEA students typically pay around €1,800 (approximately $2,400) per year. Fees for international students are higher, averaging around €8,000 (aprroximately $10,500) per year. Costs will vary between specific programs. For more details, take a look at our full guide to fees and funding for Dutch Masters degrees.
The Netherlands is one of the most multilingual countries in Europe and this is reflected in its university system. Dutch Masters degrees are taught in a range of languages, with many popular programs available in English.
EU and EEA citizens won't need a visa to study a Masters degree in Holland, but will need to be registered with the immigration authorities. Students from other countries will need to apply for an entry visa. Assistance with this will be available from Dutch embassies (as well as universities).
You can read more about Dutch Masters degrees and studying abroad in the Netherlands in our full study guide. This includes an overview of the Dutch university system as well as more detailed information on student visas and immigration.
For advice on accommodation and living costs, see our guide to living in the Netherlands as a postgraduate student. You can also read our introduction to Dutch language tests for international students.
In the Master's programme in Banking and Finance you will focus on international financial markets, the function and behaviour of banks and bankers, the regulatory institutions that govern banks and other financial institutions worldwide, the effectiveness of regulation and the banks' strategic allocation, funding and investment decisions, and the sustainability of financial solutions and concepts.
* Focus on risk management in financial institutions
You'll get a strong foundation in both the theoretical and practical aspects of risk management, and refine your research and analytical skills by working with real-world data obtained from different institutions and financial markets.
* Pay attention to the effects of regulatory institutions
This Master will give you a thorough understanding of the current state of regulation in the international financial markets, and the expertise to tackle complex regulatory issues facing financial institutions and markets.
* Meet experienced practitioners from the field
Experienced practitioners from both regulators and financial institutions share their real-world perspectives on the interplay between practice and theory in guest lectures.
* Tailor the programme to your ambitions and interests
This broad general finance and banking Master's combines a solid foundation in economics, law, finance, and business economics.
* Be part of a small, international community
The high staff-to-student ratio in tutorials encourages close interaction between you, your peers, and your professors and lecturers in this highly international programme.
The Master's of Business Development and Entrepreneurship provides the analytical tools and skills for new business development in established and new organizations. The programme provides both the scientific knowledge and the practical skills needed for the identification and exploitation of new opportunities, while creating new value and well-being for all stakeholders. The focus is on venture development, as well as on entrepreneurial marketing using co-creation with customers and design thinking. In addition, there is strong emphasis on obtaining and managing (venture) capital.
The MSc in Business Development and Entrepreneurship trains you to become an expert in creating an environment in which new ventures can take hold and flourish. This expertise is highly sought after in business development functions in large corporations.
“In this Master's programme you get the knowledge and skills to create an environment that empowers the greatest entrepreneurial talent to thrive inside organizations, regions and countries” - Prof. dr. Erik Stam