Application Process

When to Apply

The admissions calendar usually opens in September or October for the following year ie. September 2015 for entry in September 2016.

The closing date for submitting an application varies per course at each Dutch University. There are usually different deadlines for EU and non-EU applicants. Please see our deadline page for further details.

Entry Requirements

For postgraduate study, most Dutch HE institutions will expect you to have a relevant Bachelor degree for the subject you are wishing to study. In some case you’ll be expected to have gained a good honours degree. In the British system, this can be translated as a 2:1 or above, but always check with the University/Faculty directly for more information.

For certain courses, you may have to take additional tests to gain entry onto the Master’s courses. For example, a GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) may be required for entry on to some postgraduate business courses.

If you have received a Bachelor degree at a Dutch University of Applied Sciences, it is not possible to go a Dutch Research University to study a Masters without studying a Pre-Master course which takes an additional year.

How to Apply

Contact the university directly. They will then advise you of the best way to apply, but here are a few general points:

Students will need to submit an application to the University either through a University-based application, or through the national Dutch registration service, Studielink.

Find out more about Studielink on the Study in Holland website.

For some subjects, you may need to submit a pre-application to the university/faculty to see if you have the relevant academic background for the course before you are then invited to submit a full application to the institution.

Application requirements will vary depending on your choice of Master’s course, however, in most cases you will need to submit the following:

  • Motivation letter
  • Certified copies of your academic transcripts and Bachelor’s degree. Usually accepted in English so often no need to have certified translations of these documents.
  • References (sometimes from a professional standpoint as well as academic)
  • CV

You may be required to pay an administration fee to process your application that often comes off your tuition fee bill. This administration fee is usually waived for EEA students.

Notification of Application Decision

Application decision wait times are usually around 6-8 weeks once you have submitted all the required documentation.

If you already have a Bachelor degree in the required field and have satisfied the other entry requirements, then, subject to tuition payment/installment you will be asked to register. Full details will be provided by your university but you may be required to use Studielink to register.

If you are still in the process of completing your Bachelor’s degree, subject to you fulfilling any other entry requirements, you may be made a conditional offer. The offer will be conditional on you passing your Bachelor’s degree. You will need to produce originals of your certificates at some point during your first term but Dutch universities understand that there is a time lag involved in your receiving this official documentation.