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NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences

NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences

NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences


NHL Stenden does all it can to facilitate, inspire and trigger its students and staff to help them flourish. Students, lecturers, researchers and industry professionals work together on problems and assignments set by industry, so that you can develop into enterprising and resourceful professionals with an interdisciplinary mindset. Through practical assignments, direct contact with experts in the field, and personal contact with your coach, you grow on a professional and personal level. And your assignments and internship open up career opportunities and broaden your network, so you get a headstart on your career.

Campus Features

Our university of applied sciences is firmly rooted in the northern part of the Netherlands where we are based, while at the same time maintaining a strong international focus. At all our campuses and with our international network, we are always looking for new ways to successfully integrate education, research and the latest developments in the professional world. Our students, lecturers and researchers work together in small teams on real-life assignments and share their innovative ideas in practice. Our courses incorporate all the latest trends and developments in the relevant sectors and industries – at a local, national and an international level.

Studying at NHL Stenden means you get to explore life in the Netherlands and work and socialise with fellow students from all over the world. Located in relatively small student cities renowned for their friendliness, the NHL Stenden campuses offer a safe and diverse learning environment, where you can feel free to be who you are.

We’ve got a selection of videos, vlogs and podcasts for you to get you started as you explore everything the Netherlands has to offer. Or follow our international students on instagram to get day-to-day updates about student life. Listen to our international students as they share their experiences with studying abroad.

    Why study at NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences

    NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences challenges its students, staff and partners to explore beyond existing solutions and possibilities, to discover and develop their talents so as to contribute to social progress.

    • Learn using a practical approach, working in groups on assignments set by industry partners and developing usable solutions
    • Get more international opportunities and spend part of your degree studying or doing your internship in a different country, drawing on our global network
    • Get the most out of your studies with relatively low tuition rates, well-priced housing (and a housing guarantee) and homely and affordable student cities

    Campus Life & Facilities

    NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences challenges its students, staff and partners to explore beyond existing solutions and possibilities, to discover and develop their talents so as to contribute to social progress.

    Student offices

    Whatever your question, the Student Info Desk can point you in the right direction. They’re on hand to deal with your queries about registration, tuition fees, tests, certificates and practical questions about your time as a student. The Student Counselling Office can help you if you’re worried about your studies and the progress you’re making. There’s always someone to turn to.


    At NHL Stenden, we offer a housing guarantee for international students with our official accommodation partners. Conditions apply. In the Netherlands, students usually rent a room in a shared house or apartment with other students. There are also options to rent a one-bedroom or studio apartment. Student accommodation is usually provided by real estate agents or private landlords who advertise their rooms on different platforms.


    Borrow books, use the smart boards, printers and scanners, follow workshops on digital skills, use the computers and study spaces and ask the information specialists for help finding answers.


    NHL Stenden offers the learning, library and IT facilities you need to take you through your studies. From something as simple as good wifi right up to the farthest corner of the campuses to 3D printing in our X-Lab. From free software to purpose-built design and recording studios.


    Top Quality Education - Giving you a degree that really works!

    We’re not only independently rated as one of the top 4 universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands, our students also highly rank the value of our education. Our top facilities, professional lecturers, real-world projects and international environment mean students earn degrees that really work in industry.

    • NHL Stenden is one of the top 4 universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands, 5th year in a row!

    • 80% of all NHL Stenden students saying they are in general satisfied or very satisfied with their study programme

    • No less than 20 Top Programmes according to the annual Dutch Keuzegids Hbo

    Excellent Career Prospects - Giving you a skillset for a head start.

    Your professional and personal development go hand in hand during your studies. By working on real assignments from external clients, you gain invaluable hands-on experience that potential employers value. And with a personal study coach guiding you throughout, you learn how to set and achieve learning goals so that you can take the right steps and develop the skills you need for your dream position on graduation.

    • Set out your learning goals and objectives with your study coach

    • Build your professional network from day 1 by working with and for the industry

    • Gain practical experience while you study with an internship either in the Netherlands or abroad. Many of our students get to stay on or return to their intern company on graduation, so their internship is a real launch pad for their career.

    • 80% of all alumni find a job within three months of graduation

    • Bring your dreams to life and set up your own business. Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you with building your business while you study

      Awards & Accreditations

      All degrees offered by NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences are accredited by the NVAO in the Netherlands (The Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders).

      Student Testimonials


      Associate degree

      Check the academic and language requirements for our international associate degree programmes.

      Bachelor's degree

      Check the academic and language requirements for our international bachelor's degree programmes.

      Master's degree

      Check the academic and language requirements for our international master's degree programmes.

      Visa Requirements

      As an international student, you must check beforehand whether you require a student visa for the Netherlands. Our Central Student Administration will help you with your visa application through an accelerated process. We will tell you exactly which documents you require and how to obtain these documents.

      Scholarships and Funding

      If you are thinking about applying to NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, you may be eligible for a scholarship. NHL Stenden offers 2 different scholarships for NON-EU/EEA bachelor students.

      NL Scholarship

      The NL Scholarship is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences. These scholarships award selected international undergraduate students from outside the EU/EEA with a one-time financial contribution of € 5000.

      NHL Stenden Excellency Scholarship

      The NHL Stenden Excellency Scholarship is a performance-based scholarship for 1st and 2nd year non-EU/EEA students at NHL Stenden.


      Excellent education

      Higher education in the Netherlands is known worldwide for its high quality and its international study environment. Dutch educational institutes score well internationally, and NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, for example, is highly regarded for the quality of its education. For the third consecutive year, we have been listed as one of the top 3 ‘best large universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands according to the Dutch Higher Education Guide 2021.

      Study at NHL Stenden webinar

      Join us on April 11th from 3 pm to 4 pm (CET) for an online webinar where our student hosts will help you on your way with your adventures in the world of international studies. Get guidance, ask questions, and find out what is the right choice.

      NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences is in the Top 10 Countries to Study Abroad Top 10 Europe rankings 2023 badge Top 10 Global rankings 2023 badge Top 10 Europe rankings 2022 badge Top 10 Global rankings 2022 badge Top 10 Europe rankings 2021 badge


      • Leeuwarden

        NHL Stenden Leeuwarden Rengerslaan 8, 8917 DD, Leeuwarden

        • Groningen

          NHL Stenden Groningen (Dutch programs) Phebensstraat 1, 9711 BL, Groningen

          • Emmen

            NHL Stenden Emmen Van Schaikweg 94, 7811 KL , Emmen

            • Meppel

              NHL Stenden Meppel (PABO-course, in English) Van der Duyn van Maasdamstraat 1, 7942 AT , Meppel

              • Assen

                NHL Stenden Assen (Dutch programs) Zeemanstraat 1, 9406 BZ , Assen

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