Still plenty of time to apply to most degree programmes in the Netherlands
Written in News & Updates on Saturday, 30 March 2024 00:00

In the Netherlands, only 10% of their undergraduate degree programmes have a selection procedure. For the rest, you have a right to a place on a programme, if you obtain their minimum entry requirements.

In the Dutch system, there are both Research Universities (several of which are higher-ranked than all of our own universities), which offer a more traditional text-book based education, and the more hands-on Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS).

Most of the programmes in the Research Universities have a 1st May application deadline (and a few even later) and most of those in the UAS have a deadline of 1st August (though some close earlier!).

Those programmes with a selection procedure had a deadline of 15th January, so it is too late to apply to programmes such as Psychology, However, note that some of the Research Universities offer a US-inspired Liberal Arts & Sciences programme where, after a general first year, you can major in the subject of your choice (such as Psychology). Despite having a selection procedure, some of those programmes are still open for applications.

The city of Groningen which has a large population of Irish students, both at
the University of Groningen and Hanze University of Applied Sciences.

So, there are programmes available in a wide range of areas, including:

- Business
- Fine Art
- Design
- Media
- Physiotherapy
- Mechanical Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Chemistry
- Science/Life Sciences
- Physics
- Maths
- Computer Science/IT
- Politics
- Languages
- Sports Studies

and many more

Because there is no selection, the Leaving Cert  points required are very modest. There is also very generous Student Finance available from the Dutch government.

Contact EUNICAS to discuss which programmes suit you.

(Note: There are also many programmes available in Italy in subjects such as Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Architecture, Engineering and Business)