The Netherlands

Along the canal in De Wallen, Amsterdam.Important visa information

Students who are Australian or EU citizens, and citizens from some other countries, do not need a visa to enter the Netherlands. However, if you are planning to remain in the Netherlands for more than three months, you must report to a police station and apply for a residence permit within three days of arriving. Your host university will assist you with this and further information can be found at Netherlands Immigration and Naturalisation.

Students from all other countries must apply for a visa at the Netherlands Embassy in Canberra. This can be a lengthy process so lodge your application as early as possible as a Schengen visa is not sufficient. You must not, under any circumstances, travel to the Netherlands without a visa. For further information check the Netherland's Embassy, Consulate-General and Consulates Australia and be sure to read the 'Study in Holland' website.

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Faculties: Business and Economics only
Level: Undergraduate and Postgraduate
Language of instruction: Entirely in English, with limited Dutch options
Minimum grade requirement: 70 WAM

Semester dates:

  • Autumn Semester: mid August – mid December
  • Spring Semester: late January – early June

Full time study load: 30 ECTS per semester

About Erasmus University Rotterdam

Erasmus University Rotterdam is proud to be consistently ranked in the world's top 2% of universities and of their international, ambitious student body. Their 26,000+ students come from more than 100 countries to study in English. The university is located in the edgy and entrepreneurial city of Rotterdam, famous for its popup shops, creative bars and festivals, and a constantly changing skyline. Rotterdam has a massive international train station and its own local airport. By train you can be in Amsterdam in forty minutes, in Brussels in one hour or in Paris in two and a half; by plane you’re an hour from London, Berlin, or one of 40 other destinations in Europe. The hub of Erasmus University Rotterdam is the Woudestein campus, about a 15 minute bike ride from Rotterdam city centre. You’ll find students studying in the glass-walled Polak building or our state-of-the-art university library, grabbing a coffee at the Starbucks at the Erasmus Food Plaza or a snack at the grocery store, attending an event at our theatre, or working out at the sports centre.

The specifics

The International Student Handbook provides a wealth of knowledge about exchange to EUR, including pre-departure information, accommodation, study life, details of living in the Netherlands and how the university runs. EUR offers a variety of courses for Business and Economics students. The school of management provides a brochure of unit and course information via a request form, and the school of business has a database where units can be searched for individually; the school of economics has a course catalogue that lists the units on offer.

HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht

Faculties: Arts only
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Language of instruction: English
Minimum Grade requirement: WAM 65
Semester dates:

  • First semester: September – January
  • Second semester February – June

Full time study load: 30 ECTS per semester

About HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht

The Hogeschool Utrecht, better known as HU, is located in Utrecht, one of the larger cities in the Netherlands and renowned for its university culture and 700 000 student population. The university was established as a result of the merging of several vocational institutions in the Utrecht region and subsequently represents a blend of the old world architecture and modern technology and ambition. HU is a vocational university and therefore places a great amount of emphasis on real world skills and hands-on education.

For more information about HU, Utrecht, as well as advice about finding accommodation, check out their range of information brochures.

The specifics

HU offers many classes in English, and those available to Monash students are within the faculty of Communication and Journalism.

With such a large student population, it can be difficult to secure accommodation in Utrecht, however HU has an agreement with SSH Short Stay, which caters especially for exchange students. Otherwise, there are links to a range of other resources, which can help you find your own private rental in Utrecht.

The FAQs can provide you with more information concerning language, student life and administration.

Leiden University

Status: LIMITED
Faculties: Arts, Law
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Language of instruction: English
Minimum Grade requirement: WAM 75
Semester dates:

  • Fall semester: early September – mid December
  • Spring semester: early February – late May

Full time study load: 30 ECTS per semester
Other: Students need to have a WAM of 75% or higher to apply. Limited places currently available at Leiden for Monash law students but law is also available at Tilburg and Utrecht Universities.

About Leiden University

Leiden is the oldest university in the Netherlands having been founded in 1575 by William, the Prince of Orange and leader of the Dutch Revolt in the Eighty Years' War. With a long and prestigious history, Leiden has equally prestigious alumni including ten Prime Ministers of the Netherlands, eight Foreign Ministers, two Secretary Generals of NATO and sixteen recipients of the Nobel Prize.

Like many continental European universities, there is no central campus but many university-owned buildings are threaded throughout the southern Old Rhine city. Leiden is a picturesque city that brings together two branches of the Old Rhine and has many small canals and quays. The western parts of the city house the Hortus Botanicus that runs along the outer canal, the old Singel.

The specifics

Leiden University incorporates many English courses into its syllabus in order to encourage an international learning environment. Not only that, to further help exchange students integrate into Dutch life, they offer supplementary Dutch language courses at all levels.

Leiden University does not own any student housing as such but uses the Leiden Student Housing Corporation SLS and housing agency DUWO to arrange accommodation for international students. It is also possible to secure accommodation off campus, and the university provides a range of resources and advice to help you do so.

For further information, contact the International Office.

Maastricht University

Faculties: All
Status: Arts & Social Sciences, Law, Medicine & Life Sciences, Psychology & Neurosciences - LIMITED
Business & Economics - OPEN
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Language of instruction: Mainly English, some in Dutch
Minimum Grade requirement: WAM 70 per cent all faculties, except Business & Economics 65 per cent
Semester dates:

  • Fall semester: late August – late December
  • Spring semester: late January – early June

Full time study load: 30 ECTS per semester
Other: Students wanting to study at Maastricht cannot undertake units from multiple faculties. All of their units studied must be handled by a single faculty. Exchange agreement is with Maastricht's faculties/schools of - Arts and Social Sciences, Law, Medicine & Life Sciences, Psychology & Neurosciences, Business & Economics. Applicants need to ensure that they also list which faculty they wish to study with.
Students wishing to study under the Faculty of Medicine & Life Sciences (FHML) can only study units taught from under one  exchange program offering. These offerings are; - Exchange program BA Health Sciences (bachelors) or MA Health Sciences (masters) - Exchange program MA Global Health - Exchange program Biomedical Sciences - Exchange program BA Medicine (bachelors) or MA Medicine (masters) Students cannot mix units from multiple programs.

About Maastricht University

The southern city of Maastricht was once an ancient Roman city but is now placed in modern European history for its contributions to the 1992 Maastricht Treaty that lead to the creation of the European Union and Euro currency. The city is scatted with ancient and medieval relics and lined with romantic cobble-stoned streets. Placed near the south east border of the Netherlands, Maastricht is tucked in next to the Belgian border and is less than an hours drive from Germany.

Although it is the youngest University in the Netherlands (founded 1976), Maastricht University (UM) boasts more than 15,000 students. It is founded on the principles of Problem-Based Learning (PBL), a method of teaching and learning that emphasises the exchange of knowledge in a challenging and effective way. The university has committed itself to environmental and social sustainability with the implementation of its Green Office.

UM has been granted both the institutional accreditation and the ‘Distinctive Quality Feature for Internationalisation' by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). UM is the second university in the Netherlands to receive such acceditations, which acknowledges the special focus on internationalisation, a long held key principle of the university.

The specifics

As part of the School of Business and Economics (BSE), the International Relations Office looks after the administrative requirements of all exchange students coming in to study at UM. UM advises that over half of its bachelor courses and all Master’s and PhD courses are instructed in English. You can search for these in their course database by selecting the block period you want (there are three teaching periods per semester) and click submit. The next screen will be headed, "You are an exchange student" and will contain a list of units offered to exchange students.

Maastricht, UM and all the things you will need to know as an exchange student can be found in the BSE Student Handbook.

Most exchange students make their home in the Guesthouse UM, which is based within close proximity of the UM campus. Other accommodation options include private rentals and HousingAnywhere, a program that allows outgoing Dutch students to rent to incoming international students.

Tilburg University

Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Language of instruction: English
Minimum Grade requirement: WAM 65
Semester dates:

  • Fall semester: early September – mid December
  • Spring semester: early February – early July

Full time study load: 30 ECTS per semester

About Tilburg University

Tilburg is located in the south of the Netherlands and is a hub of Dutch social life and culture. The city is renowned for its open art scene and traditional festivals, including the ten-day funfair held every July. Largely a bike friendly city, the scope of Tilburg can be travelled easily by bike or public transport. Nearby towns as well as other larger cities such as Breda, Eindhoven or Antwerp (Belgium), Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam are just a short train ride away.

Tilburg University is highly regarded within Europe and hosts over 13,000 students, over 1200 of which are from 85 countries. With the campus located within a woodland setting (take the tour here), the university seeks to inspire students and faculty to contribute to a better, fairer and more sustainable society.

The specifics

Tilburg offers most of its classes in English and has five bachelor degrees taught entirely in English: Econometrics and Operations Research, Economics, Global Law, International Business Administration, as well as Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The university utilises student housing companies, WonenBreburg and KamerBemiddelingTilburg, which offer furnished accommodation especially for international students.

Exchange students are encouraged to get involved in student life on campus and the best way to do this is to check out the various student associations and sporting clubs.

University of Twente

Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Minimum grade requirement: 70 WAM

Semester dates:

  • Fall Semester (Block 1A and 1B): early September – early February
  • Spring semester (Block 2A and 2B): mid February – early June

Full time study load: 30 ECTSs per semester

Other: When applying for an exchange programme at the University of Twente, you can select individual courses or you can choose one of their HTHT modules, Exchange packages, or opt for doing a traineeship. If you have any doubts about which courses to enrol in as an exchange student (or about the other exchange possibilities), please contact the Departmental Exchange Coordinators for assistance.

About University of Twente

The campus of the University of Twente is located on the outskirts of Enschede, about a fifteen minute cycle from the city centre. The campus of the University of Twente is where 2000 researchers work and 10,000 students study. All education and research buildings of the university are grouped together on the west side of Enschede. The campus is freely accessible, and so are its canteens and restaurants. The campus also has student residences, sports fields, shops, conference and meeting centres, a pub and a library. In short: it has everything a university needs.

The specifics

The university has Departmental Exchange Coordinators in four different faculties where students can visit the faculty’s website and learn more about the research projects each faculty is involved in. The International Office has additional support that can be viewed using the following links.

Utrecht University

Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Language of instruction: English
Minimum Grade requirement: WAM 75
Semester dates:

  • First semester: early September – late January
  • Second semester: early February – late July

Full time study load: 30 ECTS per semester
Other: Utrecht offers a wide range of units taught in English but you cannot mix units from Utrecht with the units offered as part of the separate University College exchange program. Students need to have a WAM of 75% or higher to apply.

About Utrecht University

Utrecht University (UU), has one of the largest student cohorts in Europe, with over 29,000 students, 2,500 of which are visiting exchange students. The campus is located in different locations in Utrecht; the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Law, Economics & Governance are located in the city centre, while just outside the city, the De Uithof campus houses the Faculties of Science, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Geosciences and Social and Behavioural Sciences.

Utrecht is a vibrant student town, with many higher learning institutions bringing in thousands of European and international students every year. You can view the university and the city itself in 360° panoramic photos.

The specifics

UU offers a wide range of courses instructed in English, these can be found through your respective faculty to see what is offered to exchange students. Additionally, students can study Dutch language courses, however, if students wish to count the credit points from these, there may be additional fees involved.

For the most part, exchange student accommodation is administered through Short Stay Solutions, which helps incoming students with finding short-term accommodation around Utrecht. UU will also direct you to the many resources for those seeking their own private rental options, as well as HousingAnywhere, a program that allows outgoing Dutch students to rent to incoming international students.

The Olympos sporting and recreation facility houses over 30 different sports and offers students discounted rates. Also, the Parnassos Culture Centre offers performing arts, music, and fine art workshops.

University College Utrecht

Semester Dates:

  • Fall semester: early September – mid December
  • Spring semester: late January – mid May

Full time study load: 30 ECTS per semester
Minimum Grade requirement: WAM 80
Other: University College, an honours college, offers a separate exchange program at Utrecht University. You must have an average grade of at least 80 per cent and exchange students are required to live on campus. If you choose University College, you must select all your units from their program as the academic calendar is different.

About University College Utrecht

University College (UCU) is a small scale international community dedicated to specialised studies within the liberal arts and sciences. UCU's campus is located at the former Kromhout Kazerne, a 19th century military base that used to be part of the Dutch Water Line, and is a short bike ride from the University of Utrecht botanical gardens. The students live in the oldest quarter of the base, the other three quarters remain in possession of the Dutch Ministry of Defence. With only about 700 students (all undergraduate), the community is tight knit and class sizes are small. For more information, consult the promotional brochure, or take a virtual tour of the campus.

The specifics

At the University College (UCU), students are encouraged to develop their own individual curriculum across the three departments (Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences) and to complete two ‘tracks’ (sequences of courses up to the advanced level) within the department of their major. All classes are taught in English. For further information on what is available in your specific area of specialisation, check the course listing.

Students at UCU are required to live on campus, and are placed within one of the student residence halls, and have access to on campus dining rooms and recreational facilities.