Holland has various types of higher education institutions. The two main types are research universities and universities of applied sciences. Research universities are mainly responsible for offering research-oriented programmes in an academic setting. Universities of applied sciences offer programmes that focus on the practical application of arts and sciences. These tend to be more practice oriented than programmes offered by research universities and they prepare students for specific professions. A third, smaller branch of higher education are the institutes for international education, which offer programmes designed especially for international students.
There are a few other institutions that also offer international degree programmes or short courses, usually in a specific field of study. The Dutch institutions offer international students a guarantee of the quality of their programmes, student recruitment, selection and counselling procedures in a Code of Conduct.
The universities in the Netherland’s are among some of the top universities in the world; Utrecht University, Leiden University and the University of Amsterdam are all ranked in the global top 100 in the 2013 QS World University Rankings, with Utrecht ranked 52nd.
The total numbers of universities in the Netherland’s sum up to 20+ universities. This includes one of the world’s best institutions.