After being friendly neighbours for many years, Stenden University of Applied Sciences and NHL University of Applied Sciences have merged. The brand-new organisation NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences retains the rich history and experience of both institutions, dating back to 1845. This results in an internationally-orientated institution, with strong ties to local communities and businesses.
The educational concept combines an interdisciplinary approach with a practical focus. This means students will get real-world assignments to solve. The practical application of their own innovative solutions is at the core of this method. This way of working has been in the DNA of both institutions, so continuing down that fruitful path is the obvious choice to make.
Studying at NHL Stenden is an exciting new experience. Students will be challenged to voice their opinion and take the initiative. Students do this in a safe learning environment where respect for different views and backgrounds is a shared value. In small and personal groups of students, lecturers, and researchers, students will tackle real-life assignments from the actual field. Together students will test their ideas in practice, to make sure they work as expected. Students will have to work on assignments from both local and international organisations, which is the best way to prepare students for their future line of work.
To study at NHL Stenden means becoming a strong-willed and resourceful professional, able to act with thoughtful assertiveness. The views on the world which students will develop will enable them to come up with innovative solutions to any issue. This is where NHL Stenden excels: in a rapidly-changing world, students will make the impossible possible!
More reasons to choose Stenden University :
- University offers students a wide and diverse variety of international certificate, Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes and specialisations.
- All programmes at NHL Stenden meet the quality standards established by the Dutch government and its quality and accreditation assurance body.
- Another advantage of Dutch higher education is its affordability compared to other countries, such as the USA, UK or Switzerland, which all have higher university tuition fees.
- The in-house Learning Companies are professional training enterprises for specific NHL Stenden degree programmes. Here, students will not only receive regular tuition, but also benefit from training in a professional organisation, working on real assignments from external clients and gaining invaluable hands-on experience.
- NHL Stenden maintains strong links with the business world, giving students access, if eligible, to internships in countries such as the USA, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands and other countries all over Europe.
- With Design Based Education (DBE), ideas are turned into practical solutions, often in an international context. Students will work in small interdisciplinary groups on assignments from actual clients, which is the best way to prepare them for their future field.
Why study in the Netherlands?
- Join students from all over the world, including: Germany (22,189), China (4,347), Italy (3,347), Belgium (2,976) and the UK (2,778).
- Gateway to Europe: easy access to Berlin, Brussels and Paris.
- Study and live in an intercultural and welcoming environment.
- Work in the Netherlands for a year without a permit after your studies (non-EU).
The Netherlands has the largest English-speaking population of any country in continental Europe. In fact, the Dutch are the best non-native English speakers around! In the major cities foreign nationals can even find jobs without the requirement of Dutch, especially at many of the larger multinationals. Quite a few Dutch also speak German and French, so talking to them is easy.
In the Netherlands, it is common for students to 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.
Both the largest town in Friesland province and its capital city, Leeuwarden drives the provincial economy. With a population of around 100,000, it is located in the north-western part of the Netherlands, about a 90-minute drive from Amsterdam and just 30 minutes from the North Sea coast. Friesland, which has its own distinct culture and language, is one of the more sparsely populated provinces in the Netherlands, and it is home to many nature reserves, lakes and recreational areas, as well as to three major institutions of higher education. The city of Leeuwarden has a beautiful historic city centre, ample choice in shopping and dining establishments, entertainment venues, and so on. The city also offers excellent access (both by car and public transport) to the rest of the country.
NHL Stenden’s main campus is located in Leeuwarden; the student body of all NHL Stenden branches combined is currently 8,750. The selection of courses on offer includes International Hospitality Management, Tourism Management and Media and Entertainment Management. The campus provides access to modern facilities such as computer labs, Wi-Fi, a library, a gym, a bank, a cafeteria and an employment agency. Our very own Stenden Hotel, run by students from the School of Hotel Management, is also located in Leeuwarden.
The Emmen branch is the second-largest branch after Leeuwarden, with a large, centrally located campus. It has a student body of 1,750 and offers a total of 13 courses, including four English-language courses and nine courses taught in Dutch. The campus facilities have been completely refurbished and include a media centre, a library, a cafeteria and a pool table.
Meppel is the most intimate of the campuses. It hosts the unique course in International Teacher Education for Primary Schools (ITEPS), which is offered in conjunction with two partner universities in Norway and Denmark. Despite its intimate size and small student body (230), Meppel is highly international, with students and staff from a variety of countries.
The information below provides a rough indication of your living expenses as a student at university. Depending on your lifestyle, you should expect to spend a minimum of €600-€800 a month.
- Accommodation incl. utilities (per month) €250-€600
- Food (per month) €200-€350
- Medical insurance (per month) €45
- Visa & residence permit fees
- (once, only Non-European Students) €317
- Single city bus ticket From €2
- Bicycle (used) From €50
- Dining out (main course) From €10
- Cinema ticket From €9
- Haircut From €15
- Sports pass (annual fee) From €59
- Single train ticket to Amsterdam From €20
- Return airfare Amsterdam–Rome (low-cost carrier) From €45
- Rental car (per day)* From €19
- Shuttle bus from airport to Leeuwarden (one-way) €150
*You will require a valid driving licence.
Be sure to always carry your student card with you, as many places offer student discounts.
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