About Us Indian student in Netherlands

Information for Indian Students in the Netherlands

  1. Links of websites providing list of universities (accredited/blacklisted) with relevant details.

The Netherlands has 14 research universities that are accredited and funded by the government. At these universities, education is provided and research is carried out. Six universities offer the full range of disciplines, three universities are more specialised and three universities focus specifically on technical studies (TU Delft, TU Eindhoven and Universiteit Twente). 

Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands gives the following list of research universities:

  1. University of Amsterdam - http://www.uva.nl/en/home

  2. VU University of Amsterdam - http://www.vu.nl/en/

  3. University of Groningen - http://www.rug.nl/

  4. Leiden University - https://www.universiteitleiden.nl

  5. Maastricht University - https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/

  6. Radboud University, Njimegen - http://www.ru.nl/

  7. Erasmus University, Rotterdam - http://www.eur.nl/

  8. Tilburg University - https://www.tilburguniversity.edu/

  9. Utrecht University - http://www.uu.nl/

  10. Delft University of Techonlogy - http://www.tudelft.nl/

  11. Eindhoven University of Technology - https://www.tue.nl

  12. University of Twente - https://www.utwente.nl

  13. Wageningen University And Research Centre - http://www.wur.nl/

  14. Open University of the Netherlands -https://www.ou.nl/

Almost one fourth of all programmes in higher education in the Netherlands are offered in English. There are three categories of higher education institutions in The Netherlands:

  1. Recognised public institutions: There are two types of recognised public institutions: Universities and Universities of Applied Science ("hogescholen"), both of which offer programmes with an academic as well as a professional orientation.

  2. Recognised private institutions: These institutions do not receive public funding. However, after having completed a special institutional procedure and initial accreditation of their programmes, these institutions are allowed to offer bachelor and master's programmes.

  3. Privately funded institutions that are not recognized: These institutions are not recognised and are only allowed to offer postgraduate programmes. These programmes have to get (initial) accreditation.

The Netherlands has a three cycle degree structure in line with the European Higher Education Area:

  • Bachelor's degrees
    Bachelor's programme (professional orientation)
    Bachelor's programme (academic orientation)

  • Master's degrees
    Master's programme (professional orientation)
    Master's programme (academic orientation)

  • Doctoral degrees
    Doctoral studies

More information can be found at:




  1. Indian Student’s Associations links/contact details

S No.

Name of the Indian Student Associations/Organisation

Office Bearers

Email Id

Website/Facebook page


Indian Students Association, Delft

Robin Tamak, President





Groningen Indian Students Association





Indian Student Association @ University of Twente

Mr. Omkar Deshmukh




Indian Students Association Maastricht




Indian Students Association

Wageningen University

Contact person: Ms. Meenakshi Kaul



Indo-Dutch Association of Eindhoven University

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Eindhoven

Contacts: Arvind Agrawal, Rekha Dave, Parag Deoras, Asha Dhawan, Satish Sharma, Sonali Kale, Usha Shankar


  1. Name and contact detail of the officer in the Embassy/Consulate handling student related matters:

Dr. Kajal Bhat, First Secretary (Legal& Education): fslegal@indianembassy.nl

  1. Travel Advisory for students

The overall security as well as law and order situation in the Netherlands is satisfactory.

Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam is the biggest international airport in the country where travelers fly in from most countries in the world. The airport is connected by train to most of the larger cities in the Netherlands such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, and Utrecht among others. The Netherlands has a well organized public transport system, both within and between cities consisting of train, metro, tram and bus networks. The dense railway network which offers frequent service is the quickest and most economical way to travel between cities.

A smart card called OV-chipkaart, which can be used on all forms of public transport, can be bought and ‘topped up’ with travel credit at public transport service desks, ticket vending machines in stations, as well as several supermarkets. Information related to public transport including detailed travel directions can be found at on online door-door public transportation journey planner called 9292 (available as a mobile app and also at http://9292.nl/en).

Cycling is the easiest and most economical way to get around within cities in the Netherlands which has more than 32,000 kilometres of biking paths. Cycling in the Netherlands is much safer and more convenient than in other countries, because of the infrastructure viz. cycle paths, cycle lanes, and signposted cycle routes. In addition to bicycles, public transport and cars, you can also rely on taxis, although they are expensive. It is possible to take a taxi to your destination from any Dutch airport. There are permanent taxi stops in many cities (particularly near popular squares, attractions and stations). Uber, the mobile app based alternative taxi service is available in major Dutch cities.

In case of Emergency: If you should be in need of immediate medical attention, call the emergency services (police, fire services and ambulance) at 112.

Registration of Indian Students in the MADAD Portal, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India: All Indian students in the Netherlands are requested to register themselves on the Student Registration Module of the online Consular Services Management System (also known as MADAD) of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India at the following link:


  1. Other important links

  1. Nuffic-Neso India : https://www.nesoindia.org/

Nuffic is the Netherlands organisation for international cooperation in higher education. It is an independent, non-profit organisation based in The Hague, the Netherlands which has the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture & Science and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs as contract partners.

  1. http://vsnu.nl/ : Association of Universities in the Netherlands 

  1. https://www.nvao.com/ : The Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) is an independent accreditation organisation tasked with providing an expert and objective assessment of the quality of higher education in the Netherlands and Flanders. 

  1. http://www.studyabroad.careers360.com/study-netherlands-know-all-about-studying-netherlands

  1. http://www.keuzegids.org/ol/gidsen/uni17/989 - Guide to Universities in the Netherlands

  1. http://www.hotcoursesabroad.com/study-in-netherlands/

  1. http://studyinnetherlands.eu/ : Web portal run by a group of Indian Students studying in the Netherlands.

  2. Indiawijzer : http://indiawijzer.nl/ - Indiawijzer is an information portal.

  1. Holland.com - The official website of the Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions

  1. Useful documents/reports

  1. https://www.sshn.nl/download/documenten/life-and-study-holland.pdf

  2. TIMES Higher Education World University Rankings data on the Universities in the Netherlands: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/student/best-universities/best-universities-netherlands

  3. Assessment Framework for the Higher Education Accreditation System of the Netherlands: https://www.nvao.com/system/files/procedures/Assessment%20Framework%20for%20the%