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.
Other education institutions
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.
Standards for institutions
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 code sets out standards for Dutch the higher education institutions in their dealings with international students. Only institutions that have signed up to the code are allowed to recruit international students.