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Higher Education

Higher education is offered at two levels:

  • HBO (Hoger Beroepsonderwijs)
    • vocational education, universities of applied sciences
    • open to graduates of HAVO and VWO
    • oriented towards higher learning and professional training
    • many schools’ courses in English
  • WO (Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs)
    • academic education, University
    • only open for graduated VWO students
    • oriented towards higher learning in the arts or sciences

The higher education system in the Netherlands works within a three-cycle system consisting of bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees, to standardize the teaching in both the HBO and the WO according to the Bologna process. Many bachelor’s and master’s degree programs are in English.

Higher education in the Northern Netherlands