The Netherlands has two main types of higher education institutions: universities of applied sciences (hogescholen or hbo for short) and research universities (universiteiten).
Universities of applied sciences, like the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS), offer professional programmes in the applied arts and sciences that prepare students for specific careers. Research universities focus on the independent practice of research-oriented work in an academic or professional setting.
All AUAS programmes are accredited by the NVAO (Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders). AUAS endorses the Code of Conduct for International Students in Dutch Higher Education, which constitutes a pledge of quality for all students.
More information, documents, articles, glossaries, legislation and other topics concerning studying in the Netherlands are available on the Nuffic website.
Nuffic stands for Netherlands University Foundation for International Cooperation.