Studying in the Netherlands

A trip to the neighbouring country to the west has become increasingly attractive for German students in recent years:When studying in the Netherlands, you won’t find the mass operation that has frequently been the order of the day at German universities. Smaller groups, a more intensive relationship with the lecturers and the joint solution-oriented discussion of problems characterise the experience of studying in the Netherlands. At the same time, it is important to note that the Netherlands has different social rules and regulations that German students have to adjust to: Health insurance and old-age provision play just as much a role as the enrolment procedures of the respective university or college.
This information is intended to provide an initial overview.

Anyone who decides to study in the Netherlands will be faced with a wealth of questions at the beginning. In order not to lose the overview, it is useful to get a first clear impression. To this end, we have listed some useful information here:


Information about the allocation of study places can be obtained from the Centraal Bureau Aanmelding en Plaatsing (a department of DUO: Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs) for information. As there may be variations depending on the subject and place of study, contacting this organisation for individual advice is highly recommended – for more information see:


Further information for foreign students who want to study in the Netherlands can be found on the homepage of nuffic:

It should be clear from the beginning that in the Netherlands different degrees are acquired than in Germany. The relevant German authorities should also be informed about this in advance, in parallel with the Netherlands (recognition issues regarding degrees, especially for professions regulated in Germany, Bologna-compliant degree programmes, etc.). Furthermore, different grading practices of German and Dutch lecturers should be taken into account – and the conversion modalities of a Dutch grade for admission to a possible Master’s programme in Germany should also be enquired about in advance. Information on degrees and their recognition in the home country can be found at:, and

Universities of Applied Sciences and Universities

The universities and universities of applied sciences in Germany are called Universiteiten and Hogescholen in the Netherlands. Not only do the names sound similar, but the orientation is also comparable: academic education takes place at the Universiteiten, and vocational education at the Hogescholen. More information about studying at Dutch universities and hogescholen.


Die ler(n)ende Euregio

National borders are blurring. More and more people are working, learning and seeking recreation beyond the Dutch-German border. The Ler(n)ende Euregio is a stimulus for the Euregional economy, education and the labour market. The Ler(n)ende Euregio is a Dutch-German cooperation network of vocational schools, training companies and authorities in the Euregios Rhine-Waal and Gronau-Enschede.


The Ler(n)ende Euregio promotes cross-border learning.

Euregional teaching of pupils is the starting point for this. The pupils gain experience of the professional world, the language and the education system of the neighbouring country. This happens through exchanges, projects and internships. In this way, a wider labour market unfolds for the pupils. The companies, for their part, can draw on a larger potential workforce.

Euregional cooperation

From the Dutch side, MBO institutions in the provinces of Gelderland and North Brabant participate in “Ler(n)end Euregio macht es!†In addition to the province of Gelderland, the province of Overijssel also participates in the Learning without Borders project. In both projects, vocational schools from the Münster, Duisburg and Düsseldorf area are participating from the German side.

The schools work together to promote euregional education. They also work with important partners from companies and public authorities to strengthen the euregional labour market.

In the future

The Ler(n)ende Euregio will develop into a centre of knowledge and expertise in the field of cross-border vocational training in the coming year.