The scores in your report are a result of rigorous research into the various universities and their surrounding cities. The following is a breakdown of how we’ve put these scores together and what sources we’ve used to develop them.

Academic Standards


Reputation of the university


The reputation of your selected universities is based on the most recent available rankings from each ranking system. We’ve used the original sources where these are published:


The final reputation score has been developed on a scale that weighs each university against all other universities in the Netherlands. 

Grade scale academic rankings

Subject Ranking

The subject ranking of each course is based on data collected by the Keuzegids. The Keuzegids is an independent, not-for-profit guide that evaluates all bachelor and master programs in the Netherlands on a yearly basis. Their ratings are based on over 30,000 reviews from both Dutch and international students currently studying in the Netherlands and also includes input from experts in the Higher Education industry.


Courses are ranked along several different elements, such as assessment, lecture quality, available course materials, etc. We’ve converted the ranking system in the original Keuzegids guide in the following way:

The score given to each of the programs is taken as an average of the elements you’ve indicated to find most important. Below is an explanation for each of those elements:




Price Friendliness

This indicator is relatively straightforward. Each of the elements in the price friendliness table for each city is based on data collected by Numbeo. Numbeo is the world's largest cost of living database. It is fully crowd-​sourced, meaning that the prices displayed come from millions of people who live or travel in these cities. This data is continuously updated based on user input. For an overview of their methodology, please refer to


Scores have been developed based on a comparison scale of all research universities in the Netherlands

Non-Academic Interests

All indicators pertaining to non-academic interests, including sports, arts & culture and nightlife have been developed based on a mixture of own research as well as existing sources to give a complete as possible picture of each activity in each city. Below illustrates our scoring systems with an example for each non-academic indicator.



Arts & Culture
example: Theatre & Film

example: events

All scores are added and divided by the total that can be achieved, producing the final percentage. The total non-academics score takes the average of the various elements. 


The diversity indicator is split into 2 elements:

i. Diversity and internationalisation of the student population.


The numbers, nationalities and share of international students of the total student population per university have been sourced from research by the Netherlands Universities Foundation for International Cooperation (Nuffic). Scores have been developed based on a comparison scale of all research universities in the Netherlands.



ii. Diversity of the city population

The diversity of the city population is derived from annual census data developed by the Dutch government. Scores have been developed based on a comparison scale of all research universities in the Netherlands.


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