Netherlands Embassy in Seoul, South Korea

Studying in the Netherlands

The Netherlands was the first country in mainland Europe to offer courses in English. Nowadays Dutch higher education institutions offer over 2,100 programs and courses in English. That is more than any othernon-English speaking European country. The Netherlands enjoys a goodreputation globally for its quality of higher education and offers an excellent research and education environment. Out of the 14 Dutch research universities, 11 emerged in the Times Higher Education Ranking Top 200 (2013-14). Not only is Dutch education recognized in international rankings, but also in prestigious awards; as many as 20 Nobel prizes have been awarded to scholars from the Netherlands, the last two in 2010.

In addition to 14 research universities, there are also 40 universities of applied sciences. A research university has more emphasis on research and theory development, a university of applied sciences has more emphasis on practical skills and application of theory. Both university types offer bachelor and master programs, only research universities offer Ph.D. programs.

Dutch universities place great emphasis on Problem Based Learning, in which students will learn to analyse and solve problems in small groups or independently. A large part of the curriculum will be consisting of case studies, practical research and, depending on the major, internships. The tuition fee is relatively low, especially compared to the USA and the UK. The Netherlands is located in the heart of Europe and is a multi-cultural society. With a student population of over 800,000 (including 12% foreign students), Korean students will feel at home soon too.

In Korea, Dutch education is promoted by Neso Korea (Netherlands Education Support Office Korea), a non-profit organization founded by the Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic).

Nuffic Neso Korea is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education and is the sole official representative of the Dutch higher education sector in Korea, promoting the educational programs taught in English and supporting the activities as well as serving the interests of the Dutch higher education institutions.

Please visit these websites for more information:

Due to limited staffing, Nuffic Neso Korea can only be contacted after attending one of their monthly "Study in Holland" sessions which are announced on their website. Nuffic Neso Korea is co-located with the embassy:

10th Floor Jeongdong Building,

21-15 Jeongdong-gil, Jung-gu,

Seoul (100-784)

서 울시중 구

정 동길 21-15

정 동빌딩 10층 (100-784)

T: +82-2-735-7673

F: +82-2-735-7675