Until recently, very few British students decided to study in the Netherlands. Ten years ago there were 54 British nationals studying there and now there are around 3,000. We expect that this will continue for the foreseeable future.

There are many reasons why you might consider studying in Holland but the most important is perhaps tuition fees. For 2020-21 standard Dutch tuition fees are €2,143 per year. This is significantly cheaper than English university fees which can be up to £9,250. However, we don't believe you should go abroad just to save money and there are lots of other reasons why studying in Holland is a good idea. It is also worth bearing in mind that even though a degree in the Netherlands will be significantly cheaper than an equivalent qualification in the UK, you will possibly have to pay out more money up front than if you were to study at home because you cannot take British student loans with you. Having said, the overall financial burden is likely to be a lot smaller.

We should also mention Brexit at this point, if only to say that post-transition period, the financial reality for British students might be very different. Currently, we expect students who start in 2021 will have to pay full international fees but we are not yet at the point where this is definite. You might want to check the news section of our site for periodic updates on this as well as our blog. It is worth pointing out that fees will definitely not increase for anyone with a passport from any EU member state.

In the Netherlands there are now around 500 Bachelor's degrees taught entirely in English and many more that include a significant English-language component. You can search for bachelor's degrees fully taught in English in our database of Dutch degrees.

The Netherlands is a highly outward-looking country and its economy is perhaps the most international in Europe. Knowledge of English is so good that it is possible to survive almost entirely in the English language (and watch BBC television without paying the licence fee).  British students who have gone to study in Holland recently have found it to be a very welcoming and supportive study environment. You can see some of their testimonialson our site and you can speak directly to some of them via our Facebook page Dutch Degrees.

Studying abroad is a big decision to take; there are many things that you need to consider if you want to study in Holland. The application process, securing a student loan, finding accommodation will all be more complicated than going to a British university. Having said that, it doesn’t need to be that difficult and, as with most things, the more time you allow for the process, the smoother it will go. We hope that this website will answer a lot of your general questions but if there is anything specific you would like to ask us, please send us a message.

About Study In Holland is an information service designed to assist British and Irish students in pursuing their university education in the Netherlands.

We have extensive knowledge of English-taught degrees in Holland and we also work with careers advisory services. is owned by A Star Future Ltd and is not affiliated with the Dutch government.