VHL is the most sustainable university of applied sciences in the Netherlands. We train high-quality, ambitious and innovative professionals who contribute to a more sustainable world. The curricula of VHL University of Applied Sciences focus on the domains Delta Areas and Resources - Food and Dairy - Animal and Business.

Top reasons to study here

  • Study at the biggest "green" university of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands!
  • Combine theory and practice to get a head start in the job market. Apply your knowledge in (international) internships which are included in your studies.
  • We aim to train professionals who contribute to a sustainable and better world. Study in small classes with personal attention from teachers!



Van Hall Larenstein is an international university of applied sciences with a focus on sustainability. As a knowledge institute we combine education, delivered by passionate experts, and applied research within the various professorships. We train our students to become high-quality, ambitious and innovative professionals who contribute to a more sustainable world. Van Hall Larenstein has chosen a clear profile with three related areas of focus with which we differentiate ourselves from other universities of applied sciences.

The educational and research activities are structured in three domains:

  • Animals and Business
  • Delta Areas and Resources
  • Food and Dairy


Applied research as conducted by professors, researchers, lecturers and students of Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences, is always aimed at improving professional practice. The results of research should be applicable for companies and professionals in the public sector. Having good relations with companies and institutions in and outside the region, we support them by providing innovative solutions to practical questions and sufficient highly trained professionals. Moreover, professorships contribute to the innovation of the curriculum. Knowledge valorisation is achieved through an interplay of theory and practice, leading towards innovation and development of knowledge.


The focus of the curricula of VHL lies in the domains Delta Areas and Resources - Animals and Business - Food and Dairy. Combinations of these areas of expertise result in a special and challenging higher professional education.

Masters, postgraduate courses and consultancy on national and international terrains are part of our service. We are not just an educational institute, but also a knowledge company for social and economic questions. VHL also provides business services, tailor-made courses, incompany-training sessions, masterclasses, events and contractual education for third parties.


Library services

  • Provides a modern, inspiring, inviting, safe and pleasant learning environment, where information that is up-to-date and related to education can be found in every form
  • Makes students and employees more skilled and critical while looking for, processing and sharing information
  • Supports employees in education, innovations in education and research with our specific expert knowledge

Student Life

Both of the towns where VHL is situated have individual qualities that make them great places to study. Each provides good accommodation options, sport facilities and entertainment.

First, let’s take Arnhem, which borders on Velp. Not only is it a city full of creativity and culture, there is also unique nature, such as Sonsbeek Park, in and near the town centre. There is a large stadium for football and concerts, and a day out can be rounded off at Korenmarkt, the entertainment district.

Then there is the northern town of Leeuwarden, whose culture, sports and housing facilities have long made it one of the Netherlands’ top three student cities. VHL’s student association is located in the university building - really convenient for socialising or studying between and after classes!


NVAO (in Dutch: Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatieorganisatie) is the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders. The organisation was established by international treaty and it ensures the quality of higher education in the Netherlands and Flanders. All study programmes of Van Hall Larenstein are accredited by the NVAO.

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