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Why study at a medical college in the Netherlands?

The small size of the Netherlands means there are few universities where you can study medicine. However, the medical colleges that there are in the Netherlands offer structured, bilingual medical programs with tuition fees that will attract international students from around the world.

What medical programs are offered in the Netherlands?

You can study a full range of medical programs in the Netherlands, including specialisms in paediatrics, radiotherapy and cardiology, among many others.

Medical study in the Netherlands is split between three years of pre-clinical study and three years of on the job clinical training.

Almost all courses are taught in Dutch, so you will need to prove your language proficiency before being accepted onto a course.
You should also be aware that some medical programs in the Netherlands operate quota programs, meaning that only a limited number of spaces are available and not all accepted applicants will be able to secure a place.

Immigration and visas in the Netherlands

EU students are able to come and study in the Netherlands providing you are studying at an approved institution for more than three months and have sufficient income to support yourself. Non-EU students will need to apply for a visa dependent on their nationality. You will generally need to show the following, regardless of your nationality:
  • You have a confirmed place on a course at a recognised education institution
  • You are not already in the country on a tourist or business visa
  • You have paid all relevant visa fees

What are the costs of studying at a medical college in the Netherlands?

Tuition fees for studying medicine in the Netherlands vary depending on whether you choose to study at a public institution or private one. Your tuition fees will also be affected by whether you are an EU student or non-EU student.

As a guide, you should expect to pay anywhere from €2,000 - €9,000 per year depending on the institution you choose to study at.

Working in the Netherlands

The Netherlands has the world’s 17th largest economy and its unemployment is one of the lowest in the European Union. The country’s financial and business capital is Amsterdam while the port of Rotterdam is Europe’s largest.

The largest economic sector in the Netherlands is business services, which makes up nearly two-thirds of the country’s gross domestic product. Another major sector is agriculture, while the Netherlands is the largest producer of natural gas in Europe. It also has a growing chemical and pharmaceutical industry, which attracts many medical graduates each year.

What to do next

If you would like more information on choosing and applying for to a medical college in the Netherlands, sign up to our Free Application Service. We’ll get in touch with you with information tailored to your requirements, including advice on the best medical program for you.