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Education System Overview

In the 2015-2016 academic year, 3,433 U.S. students studied abroad for academic credit in the Netherlands, a number that has increased each term for the past five years. 

Academic year: First week September – Last week of June

Major school holidays/break:

  • Fall break in October
  • Winter break (Last week of December – first week of January)
  • Spring break in February
  • Easter
  • May break
  • Summer break: July – August (6 weeks depending on region)

Major exam period(s): Depends on the institution 

Language of instruction: Dutch and some bilingual

Structure of the University System

Years of study required to earn a bachelor's degree: 3 – 4 years

The language of instruction in universities: Dutch and some bilingual