Nuffic Glossary

The Nuffic Glossary is a list with explanations of terms used in Dutch education.

  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D
  5. E
  6. F
  7. G
  8. H
  9. I
  10. J
  11. K
  12. L
  13. M
  14. N
  15. O
  16. P
  17. Q
  18. R
  19. S
  20. T
  21. U
  22. V
  23. W
  24. X
  25. Y
  26. Z
  27. Refresh


Under the old higher education system this term was deliberately avoided when talking about university students working on their initial degree because that degree was considered equivalent to a master's degree, whereas the term 'undergraduate' is generally applied around the world to students working on a bachelor's degree. Now that Dutch students are also working on bachelor's degrees there is no reason not to call them 'undergraduates'. Moreover, the Bologna Declaration defines two cycles of higher education: the 'undergraduate cycle' and the 'graduate cycle'. The term 'undergraduate' can be applied equally to WO and HBO programmes.