Meet Dutch Universities of Applied Sciences in venues across Ireland
Written in News & Updates on Monday, 04 March 2019 00:00

Meet Dutch Universities of Applied Sciences in venues across Ireland

Until recently, a lot of the interest in studying in the Netherlands has been directed towards the more academic research universities. Admittedly, these are excellent. However, increasing numbers of Irish students are preferring the more hands-on, employment focused approach of the Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS).

Importantly, these universities are finding that Irish students, in particular, match their preferred profile of students. Some of these universities are coming to Ireland in April/May to meet students and their families. They are bringing with them Irish students who are already studying in the Netherlands. Register for one of these events here:

29th April CORK https://dutchgateways2019cork.eventbrite.ie
30th April KILKENNY https://dutchgateways2019kilkenny.eventbrite.ie
1st May TULLAMORE https://dutchgateways2019tullamore.eventbrite.ie
2nd May DUBLIN https://dutchgateways2019dublin.eventbrite.ie

Programmes are offered in areas such as Physiotherapy, Game Design, Business, Art & Design, IT, Hotel Management, Law, Engineering,
Global Development, Music, Music & Media Management, Teaching and many more.

Above: Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen

Programmes in the UAS are overtly employment-focused with a much more practical, hands-on, project-based style than the more academic (albeit excellent) programmes at research universities. The UAS programmes usually include one or two internships. Irish students on these programmes are enjoying an approach to education that, though less academic and more practical, is still very high in quality. Commentators in Higher Education, suggest that these programmes are a great match to the needs and preferred learning styles of Irish students.

Entry requirements are very reasonable (Leaving Cert point are irrelevant!) – 6 passes at Leaving Cert (2 at H4) is all that's required: reflecting students’ right to an education in mainland Europe and sidestepping the need to obsess about Leaving Cert points. Importantly, students with a relevant QQI/FETAC Level 5 qualification qualify for degree programmes at UAS. There is also a special route for mature students!

Tuition fees are low: Eur 2083 p.a., with a long-term interest-free loans from the Dutch government, to pay these fees. There are other loans/grants available for living expenses. Also, if you qualify for a SUSI Maintenance Grant, you can take it with you. This all ensures that it is often less expensive to study in the Netherlands, than in Ireland.

So, if you are interested in a programme that directly prepares you for the employment markets of the 21st century, programmes which you have the right to join and can afford to attend, it is certainly worth considering the Universities of Applied Sciences.

These events are free. Register here:

29th April CORK https://dutchgateways2019cork.eventbrite.ie
30th April KILKENNY https://dutchgateways2019kilkenny.eventbrite.ie
1st May TULLAMORE https://dutchgateways2019tullamore.eventbrite.ie
2nd May DUBLIN https://dutchgateways2019dublin.eventbrite.ie

Remember, you have a right to an education!!!