Top Universities in the Netherlands for International Students

30 August, 2020

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For years now, the Netherlands has been a country an international student aspires to study in. World-ranked universities of the Netherlands is one of the reasons behind those aspirations. Today we are these top universities in the Netherlands, and what they offer along with their rankings. All these universities offer English taught programs for international students who are not familiar with the Dutch. Here is the list:
 

Top Universities in the Netherlands for International Students

Top Universities in the Netherlands:

Delft University of Technology

The first among the top universities in the Netherlands is the Delft University of Technology, also known as TU Delft. Located in the city of Delft, it is the oldest and largest university in the Netherlands. It houses more than 19,000 students each year, and out of its 3,375 academic staff, 2900 are scientists.

There are eight departments of study and a number of research centers available for international students. The faculties of the study at TU Delft include Applied Sciences; Technology, Policy & Management; Aerospace Engineering; Industrial Design Engineering; Electrical Engineering, Mathematics & Computer Science; Civil Engineering and Geosciences; Architecture & the Built Environment; Mechanical, Maritime & Materials Engineering.

 

Top Universities in the Netherlands

Delft University of Technology

QS World Ranking 2021

57th

Times Higher Education

67th

 

University of Amsterdam

If you are thinking about the top universities in the Netherlands, University of Amsterdam cannot be missed. It is the third oldest university in the Netherlands and one of the largest universities in Europe with more than 31,000 students. UvA is also a member of Universitas 21 and LERU (League of European Research Universities), both being the groups made of top research universities. The annual budget of the University of Amsterdam is around 600 Million Euros.

The courses offered at the University of Amsterdam are divided into seven faculties, those are Dentistry, Economics & Business, Humanities, Law, Medicine, Science, and Social and Behavioral Science. 

 

Top Universities in the Netherlands

University of Amsterdam

QS World Ranking 2021

61st

Times Higher Education

62nd

 

Wageningen University & Research

Located in the Food Valley of the Netherlands where multinational food companies and research centers are concentrated, Wageningen University and Research is a public research institute in the Netherlands. It is also abbreviated as Wageningen UR or WUR. The university is also a member of EuroLeague of Life Sciences. Students from more than 100 countries come to study here, making it one of the most international universities in the Netherlands.

The University mainly offers degrees like BSc, MSc, and Ph.D. in life and social sciences. The focus lies more on agricultural, forestry, and environmental studies. As for the research, the university focuses on social and commercial problems in natural resources and science.

 

Top Universities in the Netherlands

Wageningen University & Research

QS World Ranking 2021

115th

Times Higher Education

59th

 

Eindhoven University of Technology

Also known as Tu/e, Eindhoven University of Technology is one of the top universities in the Netherlands. Established in 1956, it is home to more than 11,200 students. The university is also a member of EuroTech Universities Alliance, a group of universities of science and technology in Europe.

There are nine academic departments at the Eindhoven University of Technology. They are Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics & Computer Science, Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences, Industrial Design, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering & Chemistry, Built Environment, and Biomedical Engineering.

 

Top Universities in the Netherlands

Eindhoven University of Technology

QS World Ranking 2021

120th

Times Higher Education

186th

 

Utrecht University

One of the highly revered research universities in the Netherlands, Utrecht University is also one of the oldest universities in the country. It was established back in 1636, 384 years ago. The budget for Utrecht University for 2018 was 857 million euros. It is also one of the largest universities with more than 31,000 students in seven faculties.

Those seven faculties at Utrecht University include Humanities (Arts, History, Linguistics, Media, Philosophy); Social & Behavioural Sciences (Education, Psychology); Law, Economics and Governance; Geosciences (Earth Sciences, Physical and Human Geography, Sustainable Development); Medicine; Science; and Veterinary Medicine.

 

Top Universities in the Netherlands

Utrecht University

QS World Ranking 2021

121st

Times Higher Education

75th

 

Leiden University

Another one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands, Leiden Univerisity, also known as LEI, was established in 1575. Home to more than 29,000 students, the university is located in the city of Leiden in South Holland, Netherlands. The University is also a member of LERU, Coimbra Group, and Europaeum.

The university offers around 50 undergraduate and 100+ graduate programs to domestic and international students. The seven departments of the Leiden Universities are Social & Behavioural Sciences, Science, Medicine, Law, Humanities, Governance & Global Affairs, and Archaeology.

 

Top Universities in the Netherlands

Leiden University

QS World Ranking 2021

128th

Times Higher Education

67th

 

University of Groningen

Not only one of the top universities in the Netherlands, but the University of Groningen (also RUG or UG) is one of the top universities in the world. Established in  1614, it is the second oldest university in the Netherlands. For nine departments, UG has 27 research centers and nine graduate schools offering around 175 degree courses.

The nine departments of the University of Groningen are Spatial Sciences, Science & Engineering, Medical Sciences, Behavioral & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Theology & Religious Studies, Law, Arts, Economics & Business.

 

Top Universities in the Netherlands

University of Groningen

QS World Ranking 2021

128th

Times Higher Education

73rd

 

Erasmus University Rotterdam

EUR is a public university established in 1913, with a yearly budget of over 580 Million Euros. The university is also home to more than 29,700 students. Erasmus University Rotterdam also holds accreditations from AMBA, EQUIS, and AACSB, making it one of the 1% of the universities in the world that are triple-accredited.

The faculties and institution that come under Erasmus University Rotterdam are Erasmus School of History, Culture & Communication; Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences; Erasmus School of Philosophy; Erasmus School of Law; Erasmus School of Economics, Rotterdam School of Management; Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences; Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management.

 

Top Universities in the Netherlands

Erasmus University Rotterdam

QS World Ranking 2021

197th

Times Higher Education

69th

 

University of Twente

Located in Enschede, Netherlands, the University of Twente or UT was founded in 1961. It is a member of 4TU along with the aforementioned WUR, EUT, and TU Delft. There are five main faculties for the University of Twente, and then they are further divided into faculties.

The faculties of education at UT for domestic and international students are Faculty of Geo-information Sciences and Earth Observation; Science and Technology; Mathematics, Computer Science & Electrical Engineering; Engineering Technology; Behavioural, Management & Social Sciences.

 

Top Universities in the Netherlands

University of Twente

QS World Ranking 2021

197th

Times Higher Education

201-250

 

Radboud University

A proud member of the ‘Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities’ since 2016, Radboud University was established in 1923. It is one of the top universities in the Netherlands with 7571 research papers in 2019. The university is located in Nijmegen, Netherlands.

The university offers more than 112 degree programs to domestic and international students. Out of those, 36 Masters and 9 bachelor’s programs are completely taught in English for international students. Radboud University offers these programs across seven faculties to more than 22,000 students every year.

 

Top Universities in the Netherlands

Radboud University

QS World Ranking 2021

214th

Times Higher Education

128th

 

These are just ten of the top universities in the Netherlands. Other universities that should be mentioned here are Maastricht University, Vrije University Amsterdam, and Tilburg University. If you want to know more about the Netherlands, read: Study in the Netherlands