Changes in the Dutch University application system
DUO (The Education Office in the Netherlands) has announced some changes to the university application system from the academic year of study 2017-2018.
The lottery based system will be removed and a decentralized selection will now be used by universities in a very similar way to the process used in UK universities.
What this will mean for students applying from this autumn is that:
- Universities will set their own entry criteria which will be very likely to look at motivation, personality, previous academic record as well as your final diploma grades.
- You will only be able to apply for a maximum of 2 courses through the decentralized system.
- For the highly competitive courses of medicine, dentistry, dental hygiene and physiotherapy you will only be able to apply for 1 programme.
Applications will still be via Studielink. Studielink opens on 1 October 2016 and the deadline will be 15 January 2017. This will be an earlier date than in previous years for many universities in the Netherlands.
Read the full announcement here.