The Netherlands

Key facts

Number of students:

We currently have around 45 students from The Netherlands studying at the University each year.

Societies and clubs:

Alongside a wide range of interest based societies, there are several international student societies within Reading University Students' Union (RUSU). Click here to find out more about Student Societies at Reading. We have a special Facebook Group for students from Europe who are currently studying with us, or who are interested in studying at Reading. Visit our Europe Facebook Group.


Read what some of our international students have to say about their experiences of living and studying at Reading.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

The level at which you can start your study at the University of Reading depends on what level of qualification you have completed currently.
Your highest qualification Likely entry level

VWO with majority of marks at Grade 7.5 (for programmes requiring AAB - ABB at UK A-level)


VWO with majority of marks at Grade 6 - 7 (for programmes requiring BBB - BBC at UK A-level)
Undergraduate Degree (Bachelors Degree)
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Undergraduate Degree (Bachelors Degree)
British/International A Levels Undergraduate Degree (Bachelors Degree)

Bachelor degree (post 2002) Doctoraal Hoger Beroepsonderwijs (Higher Professional Diploma)

Bachelors degree (started after 2002) or the second level Doctoraal obtained after four to six years of study with score of 7 in the majority of courses. For degrees graded on a 4.0 GPA overall a GPA of 3.0 is required

Taught Postgraduate (Masters Degree)
Masters Degree (from 2002)


Research Postgraduate (PhD)

International Foundation Programme

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) enables students that don't have qualifications equivalent to British A-levels to access undergraduate university degree courses. The IFP will provide you with the academic training, language and study skills to start your undergraduate studies with knowledge and confidence and will prepare you for undergraduate study in three ways:

  • by providing academic training in three subjects
  • by developing your English language abilities
  • by enabling you to acquire the study and life skills which you will need on your degree programme.

Please see the International Foundation Programme International Foundation Programme pages for more details.  

English Language Requirements

The minimum English language levels for courses at the University of Reading are IELTS 6.5, TOEFL (paper) 570, TOEFL (internet) 88. We also accept a score of 8 (goed) in English in the VWO.

Some courses require higher levels - you should always check with the department or faculty you are applying to. For more detailed information see the English Language requirement page.  

We offer courses that will help prepare you for study in the UK including English language as well as study skills to help your prepare for our degree programmes.

Applications and funding

How to apply

All undergraduate applications must be made through the Universities and the UCAS website.  The code name and number for this University is READG R12.   Find out more about applying through UCAS

Postgraduate applications should be made directly to the University. More information on applying for postgraduate courses is available here.


The University offers £4M worth of scholarships each year in addition to national programmes from both the British government and Dutch government.  
  • The following website addresses will take you directly to information on scholarship opportunities at the University of Reading: student funding search. 

External Scholarships

  • The Dutch government offers financial assistance in the form of grants and loans to all Dutch higher education students. This program is publicly funded and administered by the IB-Groep on behalf of the Dutch government. Go direct to their website here.
  • Informatie beheer groep  can tell you if your study subject is eligible for Dutch Studiefinancieringwhen studying in the UK.
  • VSBfonds Beurzen  are available for additional study or research after completing of your Dutch degree (e.g. Masters studies).
  • Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) offers many different types of research subsidies.
  • The UK government offer EU students a student Loan for tuition fees. Find out more Government information about student loans

The University of Reading in your region

Alumni Ambassadors

We have an Alumni Ambassador in The Netherlands who would be happy to talk to you about what it is like to study at Reading. To find out more, contact the International Office or get in touch via Facebook.

Meet us in your region

Staff from the University of Reading attend a number of fairs and education exhibitions across the world. The list below gives details of when we will be in your region. You can find out more information about each event by clicking on the entry.

British Council

British Council The Netherlands

Events in your region

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