Open University

Heerlen, Netherlands


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The Open University of the Netherlands offers courses, bachelor and masterprogrammes in Dutch. Only a limited number of courses is offered in English. Studying at the Open University of the Netherlands allows professionals to sharpen their skills. In fact, many of its students already have degrees and take one or more courses to acquire additional know-how or to retrain for a different occupation.

Students enrolled at the Open University of the Netherlands are following one of the university's courses or fully accredited Bachelor or Master degree programmes. About 60% of these students remain in paid employment throughout their studies, and nearly 35% have enrolled because it leaves them free to choose their own time and place of study and lets them progress at their own pace.

Study programmes


Besides academic programmes, students can choose from nearly 300 modular courses. This modular course system implies that student can enrol either for full-length degree programmes or choose to study one or more courses.

Bachelor and Master degree programmes

The Open University of the Netherlands offers fully accredited Bachelor or Master degree programmes in Law, Management, Computer Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Cultural Sciences, Learning Sciences and Psychology. We offer - in participation with partners - the MBA programmes: Euro*MBA.

Short programmes

Students can also follow short programmes. These include short vocational training courses, postgraduate courses and short undergraduate programmes, which are developed in co-operation with universities of professional education (hbo), academic universities, professional bodies or commercial companies.

Free courses and MOOC's

We provide MOOC's, short courses and masterclasses for free or for a small fee. These free courses are mainly in Dutch. Look at the Dutch website for more information.

On a commercial basis we offer open enrolment programmes and in-company and customized training programmes. 



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