About Leeuwarden & the Netherlands

The Netherlands: A small country with great opportunities. The Netherlands is known abroad primarily for its tulips and clogs, but the country has so much more to offer!

Top-quality education

Higher education in the Netherlands is of top quality where innovation and practical research form an important part. What’s more, higher education in the Netherlands is known for its international focus. With more than 2,100 international study programs and courses, it has the largest range of English-taught programs in continental Europe.

Colourful and accessible

With its multicultural society, the Netherlands provides a colourful social environment. Immediately noticeable when walking the Dutch streets are the many bikes and cycle paths. The Netherlands is a true bicycle country. And this helps you to go from A to B quickly and easily. Public transport in the Netherlands is also well organised. Due to the size of the country the travelling distances are relatively short. You can therefore always find your way around in the Netherlands!


If you want to learn more about the Dutch language and culture Leeuwarden is the perfect city in which to study. Leeuwarden is situated in the north of the Netherlands and is surrounded by attractive meadows and countless lakes.  It is the capital city of the province of Friesland. The heart of the city is very old, with beautiful old buildings (500 historic monuments), pleasant shops, an attractive theatre, lots of events, museums and, of course, canals. There are countless restaurants and pubs in Leeuwarden, and in the summer there are many terraces where you can enjoy a drink and look out over the canals.



What makes Leeuwarden special?

  • European Capital of Culture in 2018
  • Rural, green environment
  • Historic city centre  

Student city

Leeuwarden is highly recommended as a student city. Not only because of the large variety of student clubs, restaurants, cafes and theatres. There are also plenty of sports, music and cultural events to suit every student’s tastes. The many recreational activities are within easy reach. Water sports such as sailing, swimming and canoeing can all be done in close proximity to the city.

Studying abroad in Leeuwarden

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Thinking about studying in Leeuwarden? Learn more about this charming city and its facilities for international students!