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Top 10 Universities in Netherlands

Study at the land of Wind Mills, Clogs and Tulips. Check out the top profound Dutch educational institutes.

Leiden University ranks second in Netherlands and 75th internationally. The University is a member of the League of European Research Universities and houses a diverse student population.

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Looking to study in the Netherlands? Did you know that the Netherlands happens to be the first country that is non-English-speaking to offer taught programmes in English? Higher educational institutions in the Netherlands offer over 1,500 international study programmes that are taught completely in English, making Netherlands leading in the Europe region.

Studying in Netherlands will open you up to their well known problem-based learning system, that will teach you how to analyze and solve problems practically and independently. 
Here’s a look at the top ten universities as per the QS World University rankings.

University of Amsterdam

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) ranks the highest in the Netherlands and holds the 62nd place globally as per the QS World University Rankings. It has more than 32,000 students, over 5,000 employees and an annual budget of 600 million Euros and is one of the largest comprehensive research universities in Europe. The University happens to be a member of the LERU (League of European Research Universities), the UNICA (Institutional Network of the Universities from the Capitals of Europe, Universitas 21, and the EUA (European University Association). 

Leiden University

Leiden University ranks second in Netherlands and 75th internationally. Leiden is the first university to be established in the Netherlands, having been incepted in 1575 and is an international research university. Leiden houses a diverse student population. The University is a member of the League of European Research Universities and has partnership with various prominent research universities. Leiden has a very diverse student population and it offers numerous taught master’s programmes in English, drawing in many international students. The University has over 40 research institutes on national and international levels. 

Utrecht University 

Utrecht University ranks third in Netherlands and 85th internationally. In Netherlands, Utrecht has the highest graduation rates. Utrecht University is internationally recognized for its quality research and teaching. Utrecht offers international students degree programmes at the master’s and bachelor’s levels as well certificate courses in the English medium. Utrecht receives some of the world’s best students for its PhD research. Annually, around 2,000 international students enroll at Utrecht to take up taught degree programmes in English and other ones as well. 

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Erasmus University Rotterdam holds the fourth place nationally and the 99th place internationally as per the QS World University Rankings. The University focuses on management, health care, and organization and policy in public and private sectors. Erasmus University Rotterdam has over 20,000 students, of which around 6,000 graduate annually. Generally, the University gets listed as a top university in other rankings such as the ARWU (Jiao- Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities) and the Times Higher Education Supplement. 

Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) ranks as the fifth best university within the Netherlands and as the 103rd globally. Of its total student population of about 17,000, 16% consists of international students. As per the World Reputation Ranking 2012 of the Times Higher Education, TU Delft ranks the highest among Dutch Universities. 

Maastricht University

Maastricht University (UM) that has been ranked as the sixth best university in the Netherlands and 85th globally, happens to be one of the most international universities in the country. UM, with around 16,000 students, offers numerous programmes of study that are internationally oriented. Nearly 45% of its student population consists of international students and 30% of its staff-members are from abroad. Most of its taught programmes are in English and sport an “international atmosphere”. 

University of Groningen

The University of Groningen ranks seventh in the Netherlands and 109th the globe-over as per QS World University Rankings.  With a global outlook, it has placed high priority on the quality of its education for four hundred years which is one of the main reasons it always makes the top 100 on many influential rankings year on year. It is one of Netherland’s largest and oldest universities. 

Radboud University Nijmegen

As per QS World University Rankings, Radboud University Nijmegen ranks eighth nationally and 136th internationally. The University has been incepted in 1923 and is a public university that focuses strongly on research. Radboud University Nijmegen has more than 19,300 students enrolling across its seven faculties.

Eindhoven University of Technology

Eindhoven University of Technology ranks ninth in the Netherlands and 158th internationally as per QS World University Rankings. It is a research university that specializes in technology and engineering science.  

Wageningen University 

Wageningen University ranks as the tenth university and 161st internationally as per QS World University rankings. Wageningen is the only Dutch university to focus strongly on ‘healthy food and living environment.’ The University has researchers from the globe over and has students from more than 100 countries. 
Now that you have a clearer picture of the education scene in the Netherlands, you can start with your applications!
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