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Windesheim University of Applied Sciences

3.9 out of 5 (75 ratings / 70 reviews) Zwolle, Netherlands
Windesheim is one of the Netherlands' top-3 universities of applied sciences, known for its personal approach, small classes (15-20 students) and for working closely with the business community and public institutes.

Bachelor's programmes



Windesheim was founded in 1880. Windesheim as it currently exists was formed in 1986 as the result of the merger of several education providers. The merger was a process take took place over a number of years years with more and more institutions joining.


Our English taught programmes focus on business.  

·        ‘International Business’ is for students who are interested in topics like management, logistics, finance and (internet) marketing, and who are looking or a university where personal development is primary focus.

·        ‘Global Project and Change Management’ (sustainable business and innovation) is an honours programme for students who want to change the world in a positive way. Topics are climate change, global health, human rights, poverty eradication and social entrepreneurship.

Students appreciate our personal approach with classes of 15-20 students. Our lecturers are coaches as well and they challenge students to get the best out of themselves.


Windesheim specializes in practical, hands-on applied research, organized in close consultation with the professional field. Our research has the following themes: 

  • Education 
  • Strategic Entrepreneurship
  • Exercise and Sport 
  • Health and Social Work 
  • ICT 
  • Media 
  • Technology 
  • Theology.


Windesheim is the start for a successful career, either in business, government or NGO. Many students start their careeer with the organization where they did their internship or projects.

Start positions graduates Global Project and Change Management:

  • Project manager at an international NGO
  • Social entrepreneur
  • Trainee at the European Parliament
  • Development manager at a non-profit organization
  • Advisor improving corporate sustainability

Start positions graduates International Business:

  • International project manager
  • Account manager
  • International business developer
  • Marketeer
  • International sales manager

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Student services

If you have any questions about our study programmes, internships, enrollment procedure, entry requirments, teaching methods, etc., please contact our staff / Student Assistants:

  • Global Project and Change Management: Email: Phone: +31 88 469 84 00 
  • International Business: E-mail: Phone: +31 88 469 90 03

Housing services

If you come to study at Windesheim, you will need somewhere to live. Dutch students normally live in privately rented accommodation. However, finding the right place isn't easy for someone who is new to the country. So Windesheim has its own student accommodation facilities and a Housing Service to help students from abroad get settled. Related to other Dutch cities, Zwolle is not very expensive, and student accomodation is quite easy to obtain. The accomodation is close to campus and the city centre.

Library services

Although nowadays most information can be found online, Windesheim also has a very functional library.

ICT services

At Windesheim our facilities are to support our students in their study career. Our students are in different places in our buildings: alone or working together in groups on projects. We have a lot of (ICT) facilities at your disposal.

Medical services

In case you need healthcare, our staff is at your disposal to help you find the right medical docters, dentists, psychological help, etc.

Student Life

Campus life

Windesheim has a very modern campus, close to the city centre and the Railway station. The extensive on-site facilities include WIFI, lecture theatres, seminar rooms, lots of areas for group work and a brand new multimedia library. A copy shop, shop for office supplies and a bike repair shop are at your disposal. The campus has several cafeterias and bars too. As well as physical amenities, Windesheim makes academic, psychological and spiritual support and guidance available to all its students.

Sports facilities

Windesheim offers excellent recreational facilities. There is a sports building with gyms, fitness rooms, a heated swimming pool, indoor football halls and a climbing wall.

Student clubs

Most departments at Windesheim have their own student societies, which organise activities such as lectures, theatre outings and club evenings.


All our programmes are NVAO accredited. 

Windesheim is the runner-up in the category broad based universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands, for already many consecutive years.

Student Reviews

Shallow content
Anonymous rated 2 out of 5 stars

The course could be really great but they don't dive deep enough into the subjects. I was expecting to learn much more about politics and social sciences. I find it hard to explore my potential in this university.

If you can't use it – you don't need it
Anastasia Tkachova rated 5 out of 5 stars

The program is well balanced and consists of diverse disciplines that can be later used in practice. The first year though is more theoretical, but still during every lecture I have a persistent feeling that everything learned makes sense and will later benefit me in the practical aspects of studying and working.

Anonymous rated 2 out of 5 stars

The study i am currently envolved in is mediocher at best. Teachers won't pay attention to the needs of the students and the assignments are far from clear. The reason i want to start a study abroad is therefor a lingering desire.


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