Study at one of our top universities
Our region is home to some of the Netherlands' most prestigious universities, renowned knowledge institutes and over 70,000 students! But before you can start studying in the Arnhem – Nijmegen – Wageningen area, there are some things you have to sort out first.
Getting started at uni
First of all, you will have to enrol at your educational institute of choice. After that, you'll have to get informed about things like visas, residence permits and insurance. Do you know how you are going to foot the bills? Are you eligible to receive a scholarship? Are you looking for a job on the side? Are you even allowed to take on any kind of work as a foreign student? There are two types of universities in the Netherlands: Universities of applied science.
Universities of applied sciences
Study programmes at universities of applied sciences are practice-oriented: by working on projects on your own or with fellow students, you will develop skills that are applicable to your future profession. There will be theoretical teaching, but the main focus is on honing professional skills through practice.
Academic universities focus almost completely on theoretic education. You will do a lot of scientific research and are expected to do a lot of your work independently. Having said this, we do have to point out that more and more universities are incorporating more interactive tutorials besides the more one-sided lectures. Besides unlocking a lot of the more cognitively-oriented jobs in society, a degree from an academic university is also an important stepping stone if you want to become a scientific researcher.
A degree from a research university is often seen as a higher accolade than a degree from a university of applied sciences, but it is more accurate to say that the two are simply different. If you want to practice law or be a psychologist, you'll be better off with a degree from an academic university; if you want to be a music therapist or a teacher at a primary or secondary school, you're better off with a degree from a university of applied sciences. There are also a lot of subjects that are taught at both types of universities (business, communication, etc.). For these subjects, your choice of university type should concern whether you would prefer a more theoretical or a more practical perspective on your chosen field.