Study Abroad Netherlands.
higher education system is a binary system, composed of Wetenschappelijk
Onderwijs (WO - university education) and Hoger Beroepsonderwijs (HBO -
professional higher education). In addition, there is the Open Universiteit
(OU - Open University) which offers fully recognized university degree programmes
through distance education. Internationaal Onderwijs (IO) (international
education), generally conducted in English, is mainly designed to meet the
needs of foreign students. Since 1991, university research schools have
been founded to cater for young researchers and to centralize research activities.