Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen

Hanze University of Applied Sciences is a large, comprehensive university of applied sciences that has been educating skilled and committed professionals for over two centuries. Hanze graduates enrich those they come into contact with, both individuals and society at large. They share their talents and move the world. 

Top reasons to study here

  • Dutch higher education is well-recognised and often English-taught, while tuition fees and cost of living is lower than in e.g. English-speaking countries.
  • Netherlands is ranked as one of the safest and happiest countries in the world, making it a secure and fun study destination for you.
  • The Netherlands´ prominent economic position within the EU will surely open doors for you.

Bachelor's programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (5)
Business & Management (5)
Engineering & Technology (2)
Humanities (2)
Medicine & Health (2)
Social Sciences (2)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)



 In 1798 six leading citizens of Groningen founded the Academy for Draughtsmanship, Architecture and Seamanship, which became known as Academy Minerva thirty years later. In the end, this became Hanze UAS Groningen. 


Applied research and innovation is highly integrated in our academic programmes. In addition to this Hanze UAS has various modern facilities on campus to offer its students. An overview of important information for international students can be found on our International Service Desk webpage. We hope to see you in Groningen soon.


The University has multiple research groups:

  • Centre of Expertise Energy
  • Centre of Expertise Healthy Aging
  • Marian van Os Centre for Entrepreneurship 
  • Research Centre Art & Society
  • Research Centre Biobased Economy
  • Research Centre for Built Environment NooderRuimte 


Student services

The International Service Desk (ISD) assists students who wish to study for an exchange semester at a partner university. We help with the application procedure and practical information. The ISD also processes the applications of incoming exchange students from partner institutions who want to follow an exchange programme at Hanze UAS. We apply for visas and residence permits for all incoming students with a non-EU nationality, assist with the search for accommodation and provide information about insurances and other practical matters.

Library services

Anyone attending a course or training, part-time/full-time or is working at Hanze University Groningen can make free use of the extensive collection, both physical and digital, and all services from the Hanze Library.

Student Life

Campus life

Why not come and visit the campus and see Hanze UAS for yourself? Feel free to attend one of the Open Days (offered several times per year) or get in touch with our Hanze International Student Team and book your personal campus and city tour.

All the buildings of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences provide the modern, general facilities needed to learn in pleasant, friendly surroundings. The classrooms and lecture halls have been fitted with modern equipment, and there are also areas designated for working in groups or individual study. 

Sports facilities

Hanze UAS and the University of Groningen run a joint sports centre, with approximately 75 trainers and instructors and 20 staff members. The sports centre wants to help increase the mental and physical welfare of the students and employees of the institutions through sport. The sports centre provides ACLO with professional advice and facilitates the ACLO sports programme.


All individual degree programmes are subject to accreditation. New programmes have to be accredited before they are launched (initial accreditation). After a programme has been recognised, it has to undergo an accreditation procedure every six years (accreditation).

Student Reviews

Great Experience! :)
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

A lot of support from the school in the first year, in all the areas of my life. I liked this a lot. I am happy with the University. The program I chose, International business, is very broadly.

Big times in a small city!
Alessandro Dal Pont rated 4 out of 5 stars

The city I chose (Groningen) is for sure one of the best destination for I ternational students so far. It provides several different ways of enjoying the coty at its best and the Univerities are all well-known and high-ranked certified. Above all, the course I’m attending (International Physiotherapy Program at Hanze UAS) is challenging but also quite hard. At the...

Hanze University of applied sciences
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Great experience, however staff can have a language barrier which impedes understanding. Overall great study