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There are many opportunities in the Netherlands for you to study or do a short course in English. Nuffic has a database of about 2,000 international study programmes and courses in English ranging from short training seminars to postgraduate degrees. You can find the database on the Nuffic website here.
In addition, many masters’ programmes and higher degrees at the major universities in the Netherlands are taught in English.
If this study or course is really important to you, you may consider to follow an (intensive) Dutch course on the level of NT2 (Dutch as a second language). Once you have passed the exam, your Dutch should be good enough to do a study in Dutch. Please keep in mind that it may take at least a year if you need to start (almost) from scratch.
Many universities also offer special Dutch courses or even a bridge year to help you prepare for the study you want to follow. Check with the university of your choice for the options available.
Most courses and studies require that you attend classes on a regular basis in addition to online learning. If you want to do a course which is only online, you could consider following a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC). This is an online course on university level provided by a university in the Netherlands or abroad. Many MOOCs are offered at Coursera.org. You can also choose to enrol in a study or course from an Open University abroad.
There is an increasing number of studies at a medium vocational education (MBO) level available in English. An overview is available here.
Whether you have ADHD, dyslexia, need a wheelchair or have another kind of special need, studying is still possible. All universities and universities for applied science have facilities available for you. It is best to discuss your needs with the university. Together you can decide what is necessary for you to be able to study.
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