International comparison

The Top 10 Study Abroad Countries rankings compare countries in Europe and the world, based on a survey of over 20,000 international students. The Netherlands is ranked second in Europe and seventh in the world. The platform lauds the country’s range and variety of English-taught study programmes, its emphasis on interactive and student-centred teaching style and the diverse international community.

Ambitions and goals

The rankings took the following factors and goals into account: Experiencing a new culture, achieving career goals, having an adventure, making new friends and widening one’s professional network, accessing a higher quality of teaching, studying for free, and attaining a visa. According to, the Netherlands scored particularly impressively in both teaching quality (third in Europe) and career goals (fourth).

Studying in the Netherlands

Find more information about studying in the Netherlands, including information about study programmes and tips on student life and settling in in Amsterdam, on our Study pages.