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As the spiritual home of the Erasmus programme, 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 Rotterdam.
Over 85,000 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 €2,000 per year. Fees for international students are higher, averaging around €8,000 per year. Costs will vary between specific programmes. 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 programmes 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 or our guide to Dutch university rankings.
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Are you a number-cruncher with an eye for what lies beyond the facts and figures? Do you follow and try to unravel every corporate scandal in the news? Do you aim for an international career? The Accounting and Auditing programme will get you there. . Read more
Do competences like analytical, inquisitive and meticulous best describe you? Do you want to combine your knack for numbers with managerial and research skills? The Accounting and Finance programme offers you the best practice-based academic foundation for a career in accounting and finance. Read more
Judged best in the field. The highly regarded . Keuzegids. Master’s Selection Guide 2017 ranked Utrecht University’s Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance programme as the best in the field in the Netherlands. Read more
With the Master’s programme Applied Cognitive Psychology, you will apply the most up-to-date knowledge of cognition to situations and solutions for problems that occur in daily life. Students will apply knowledge of human cognitive, sensory and motor systems in real-life situations. Read more
Through its focus on musical infrastructure, Utrecht University's Master's programme Applied Musicology will equip you with the specific knowledge and skills required to operate as a musicologist within the international musical industry. Read more
Do you want to contribute to the development of computer devices that operate like a human brain? Design semi-conductor materials for the future's high-efficiency solar cells? Create an anti-icing coating for drones and airplanes? Fabricate materials that transform waste heat into electricity?. Read more
The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) offers a large number of Master's programmes(overseen by our Graduate School of Science and Engineering).
The faculty aspires to be recognised as one of the renowned European research-oriented schools for business and economics and to be a strong partner for corporate and public sector stakeholders and the academic community.