Explore your options

Once you have decided that you want to follow a Master’s or PhD program in the United States, you can start searching for the right university. This is an extensive, fun, and often surprising process. With its 1,500 universities, the US offers a wide variety of schools. Researching all these universities can be time consuming but endlessly useful. On the following pages, you will find information to help you with your research.

  • All American universities have their own set of admission requirements. Sometimes these requirements differ depending on the faculty.
  • It takes a lot of time and effort to find the university that suits you best. Remember to keep an open mind while searching for your perfect college, and don’t just focus on the big names.
  • Remember that there is no guarantee you will get a job and a residence permit in the US through your American degree. If your studies are funded through money provided by the Dutch or American government (such as a Fulbright scholarship), you will be staying in the US on a J-1 visa, which requires the holder to spend two years in the Netherlands after completing their program (the two year home requirement). Keep this in mind when considering your reasons for studying in the US.
  • If you want to study law, medicine or business, keep in mind that these programs in the US are very different from those in the Netherlands. You can find more information on these specific programs on their pages: law, medicine, and business / MBA.