Located in the centre of Europe, the Netherlands is the perfect study destination for those seeking an MBA course in a multi-national country. The Netherlands has always been a forward thinking country, and nearly all MBA courses in the Netherlands are taught in English.

Your visa

If you are from within the European Economic Area (EEA) you do not need a visa in order to study in The Netherlands, however if you are from outside the EEA and plan to stay longer than three months you will need to get authorisation to stay. You can also study without a visa if you are from the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Switzerland or Monaco.

Getting a residence permit can take between three and six months, but if the Dutch university you are planning on attending can assist you, you will be able to go through the fast track scheme – which is likely to save you a lot of time. There is a fee to pay for the residence permit.

If you are an EU national you don’t need a residence permit, but it is advised that you get a resident document (which has a fee of around €30) in order to avoid potential hassle if dealing with authorities later in your stay.

Within three days of arriving in The Netherlands you must register with the local authorities – you must do this even if you did not need a visa. 

For more information contact the Dutch embassy in your country or visit www.idn.nl

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for MBAs differ in the Netherlands to many other countries. Instead of charging a set fee, each university decides how much fees for each course will be. To study an MBA in the Netherlands, anything up to €29,000 is charged per programme.

Where should I study?

The Amsterdam Business School at Universiteit Van Amsterdam has a hugely international community and can boast small class sizes. Amsterdam is the financial and business centre of The Netherlands, and at its Business School you can study for an MBA either full or part-time.

Maastricht School of Management carries out MBA teaching in English, but there is the option of Dutch for the Executive MBA. Features of Maastricht Business School’s MBA programmes include accounting and finance, corporate strategy and economic policy, management information systems, international business and hotel and tourism management.

RSM Rotterdam School of Management offers International MBA, Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA and Executive MBA (Water Specialisation). Its Global Executive MBA programme is run in collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as with business schools in China, Brazil and Mexico – so this may be the place for you if you’re looking for a truly international experience.

TiasNimbas Business School (Tilburg Campus) focuses its MBA courses on modern leadership, specifically designed for the 21st century. It also offers you your own personal MBA adviser upon application.

Nyenrode Business University, in Breukelen, offers a variety of different MBA courses: Executive MBA, Modular MBA in Business and IT, Executive MBA in Public and Private Sector Management, and Executive MBA in Food and Management. Full time courses are taught in English, aside from the Executive MBA, which is taught in both Dutch and English.

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