Higher education in the Netherlands is organised around a 3 cycle degree system, consisting of:
Dutch higher education has a binary system, which means that you can choose between 2 types of education:
HAS University of Applied Sciences offers professional higher education programmes.
A university of applied sciences (in Dutch:'hogeschool') offers programmes that focus on the practical application of arts and sciences.
Getting practical work experience through internships (in the Netherlands and abroad) is an important part of the professional studyprogrammes offered at these institutions.
A research university is mainly responsible for offering research-oriented programmes in an academic setting.
Many programmes at research universities also have a professional component and most graduates actually find work outside the research community.