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