Resources for Students

Below you will find some links destined to facilitate the research of post-graduate students from the Arab World who wish to do a Master’s or PhD in the Netherlands or Dutch students who wish to go on exchange to an university in the Arab World.

Please note that the Lutfia Rabbani MSR and Vreede scholarships and travel grants are only given to students who have been officially admitted by their prospective university. Read more about the experiences of our alumni in the Netherlands or in the Arab World here.

In the Netherlands

Dutch universities are ranked amongst the best in Europe. The Netherlands is an attractive destination to international students, as it offers an array of programs taught in English in a wide variety of disciplines.

Find below some useful tools for finding a study, scholarships, and acommodation in the Netherlands:

Online Education Search

This website offers detailed information concerning universities, course descriptions, admission requirements, available scholarships and other relevant references linked to universities around Europe. Search can be made by country, discipline, sub-discipline or even by language, tuition fees, type of degree, starting time of semester, duration and timing.

A complete guide of the highest ranking universities in the Netherlands, with detailed information about the university, fees and finance, reviews and accommodation.

Scholarship Online Search

If you would like to search for a scholarship by field of study, student origin, destination, discipline, level, duration or purpose than this scholarship portal is the best website for this. The website also offers detailed information concerning scholarship benefits, application info and relevant references.

For information regarding financing your studies, grant finder tools and scholarships administered by Nuffic the website of Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) offers the best information.


Finding affordable accomodation in some Dutch cities such as Amsterdam and Utrecht can be very challenging for international students. Living on campus is not common in the Netherlands and universities often do not have granted accomodation for students.  Searching in advance via different online platforms and Facebook groups can be very helpful in finding a room on time. This website offers some options of trustworthy platforms and housing agencies.

In the Arab world

The MENA region offers a wide variety of universities with courses taught in Arabic, English, or French. Admission requirements and procedures may greatly vary accordingly to the country, therefore we recommend that you have your home university assisting you with your exchange program to the Arab World.

Ranking of Arab Universities
Webometrics Ranking
Eduniversal Ranking

University List

You can find more information regarding specific search of universities per country with a comprehensive list for Middle East & Eurasia

Courses and Vacancies

This website features a search tool for language and cultural immersion programmes in the Arab world. For academic opportunities and vacancies in the region, please check this website.

Grants and Fellowships

The Arab Council for the Social Sciences runs a number of fellowships and grants programs that offer opportunities for junior and senior researchers from the region, often facing limited funding and mentoring opportunities.  The programs also focus on supporting the publication and dissemination of high-quality social science research on the Arab region.