There are two types of institutions in Holland: research universities and universities of applied sciences. The type of university you choose depends on whether you want to prepare for a specific profession or you want a broader, theory-based degree.
Research universities offer a theoretical, academic education that teaches you skills that you can apply across a range of professions. Research activity is also a key factor in global university rankings. At a research university you can expect:
Universities of applied sciences offer a more vocational education, known as higher professional education. They are a good choice if you already know what career you are interested in. At a university of applied sciences you can expect:
The teaching style in Dutch universities is interactive and focuses on teamwork and sharing ideas. In class you will be encouraged to express your own opinion and are free to ask questions whenever you like. You will be introduced to this education style at the International Study Centre so you know exactly what to expect when you start university.
in Holland 2014-15