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Windesheim University of Applied Sciences

4.0 out of 5 (71 ratings / 64 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.


An exchange involves coming here for a short period of study away from the institute that you attend back home. Following a degree programme means making Windesheim your primary place of study for several years, with the aim of getting a bachelor’s degree from us.

Windesheim offers two unique English-taught Bachelor’s degree programmes: Global Project and Change Management (by the Windesheim Honours College) and International Business. Besides, we offer more than 50 Dutch BA programmes. If you don’t speak (enough) Dutch yet, you can also decide to do a prep year to get yourself up to speed before enrolling in one of these Dutch-taught degree programmes. 


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.


We pursue an innovative and entrepreneurial approach. We have many close ties with the business community and public institutes. We were the first university of applied sciences to become a member of the Business Hanse: an international network which represents traditional values in modern business life. 

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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.

You're always more than welcome in our restaurants and cafes. We don't provide free meals, but for a modest charge you can use the canteens in buildings C and X. In addition, there are several supermarkets in Zwolle. There's also a café called Het Vliegende Paard, where you can eat and drink at student prices!

Student clubs

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

Student Reviews

Study in the Netherlands
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

A lot of international students as well as dutch students. Overall there is a friendly environment!

Making the world a better place
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Global Project and Change Management is an unique study. During my time there I have been able to explore my interest in making the world a better place. As they work closely with the Sustainable Development Goals I could explore many fields and found my passion in the support of refugees and migrants in Europe. The study is very focussed on community feeling and being...

Industrial Design
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The University is well organized about teaching, noneducation activities, and relationship with students.


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