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Education in the Netherlands

Having finished secondary education, students (aged between 17 and 19 years old) can choose to continue their study. Within the Dutch system of higher education there is a difference between universities and universities of applied sciences (in Dutch ‘hbo’, which means higher professional education).

The studies at a university of applied sciences (hbo) normally last 4 years and lead to a Bachelor degree. The courses are practical based, meaning students have to put their learned theory into practice by means of projects, assignments and work experience (through work placement and final assignment). Students who go directly to a university have to study 3 years to obtain a Bachelor degree and can continue one more year at the university and obtain their Master degree. The studies at the university are much more theoretical and research based than at hbo.

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