The Netherlands boasts two types of higher education: research-oriented universities, where everything revolves around scientific research, and universities of applied sciences, which focus on teaching professional skills, like Avans.
Studying at a university of applied sciences in the Netherlands means studying in a country with an international and innovative outlook where you will receive outstanding training for a senior or managerial position. Once you graduate, you will be able to carry the title of ‘bachelor’. All our bachelor's and master's degree programmes are formally accredited by the Dutch higher education accreditation authorities and comply with European standards as set by the Bologna Agreement. This means that you can get your international career off to a great start anywhere in the world.
The factsheet published by the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic) provides a comprehensive explanation of the higher education system in the Netherlands.
Interaction and teamwork
Interaction and teamwork are the pillars of the Dutch education system. There are two factors that make studying in the Netherlands so enjoyable for foreigners: naturally, you get to know your fellow students – after all, you will be working with them. Secondly, the lessons are interactive and ‘student-oriented’: you receive the attention and also the freedom you need to develop into a skilled and creative professional. And even into a citizen of the world – international collaboration between Dutch institutes of learning and foreign educational establishments, companies and organisations can guarantee this.