Fontys Academy for Creative Industries

Fontys is one of the largest universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands and offers a variety of bachelors and masters programmes in English. We have a larger number of international students than any other university in the Netherlands, with students of more than 80 nationalities from all over the world.

Top reasons to study here

  • Fontys has a clear social assignment: offering inspiring, challenging and high quality higher vocational education and the execution of practical, research that
  • We work on innovations in the professional field on themes that are relevant to the regions.
  • We offer students the prospect of being able to discover their own talents and develop into start-ready professionals who accept social responsibility.

Bachelor's programmes

Social Sciences (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Business & Management (1)



The name Fontys was given to this University of Applied Sciences on 1 September 1996. The name derives from the Latin word ‘fons’ which means ‘source’, a source of knowledge for students. Fontys is a merger of several Dutch Higher Education Institutes located in the south of the Netherlands. Some of these institutes were founded in the early 1900s and have a long and profound educational history.


Fontys Academy for Creative Industries educates professionals for the creative industries. We challenge, look for adventure and pride ourselves being just slightly different from others. Our students know that the world extends beyond their home towns. We research, invent and create, in order to make a difference in a continuously changing world.


The research conducted at Fontys is practice-based and innovative. It targets the renewal and improvement of the professional practice for which education is provided and is elaborated upon in close consultation with professional practice, preferably within regional knowledge networks. Research contributes directly to curriculum innovation. The interaction between education and research contributes to keeping our teaching staff right at the forefront of developments in their subject areas.


You can contact the study career choice advisors for any questions relating to your choice of study if:

  • You need assistance in making a study choice
  • You are concerned that you are in the wrong study programme
  • Your study programme insufficiently matches your interests
  • You are recommended by your study programme to discontinue your studies

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Student services

The Fontys Student Facilities Department supports, assists and supervises students beyond their actual course programmes and all in a customer-friendly, independent manner, on behalf of the entire Fontys organisation. The Student Facilities Department provides advice and support in relation to financial matters, course-related matters, practical matters and student associations. It performs a supervisory role during your course programme and provides information regarding events related to the study process. 

Housing services

The best way to experience the “real” campus life is living on-site around the campus. Venlo offers an extensive range of student housing which is adapted to the wants and needs of students. In the last years, housing opportunities for students were constantly extended in order to create new and affordable living space. This resulted, for instance, in two new student dormitories located at walking distance from Fontys International Campus Venlo.

Library services

Fontys in Eindhoven has several facilities in place that will enable you to gather information regarding your specific field of studies. This can be achieved in several different ways at the ‘mediatheek’ (Media Library). The Media Library is a learning facility where you can consult and/or borrow a wide range of information sources and materials (such as books, reports, videos and CD-ROM’s). 

ICT services

Students may make use of photocopiers in every building as well as in the Media Library. All computers at Fontys are also connected to printers and you may need to print out your computer work on a regular basis. To make photocopies or printouts, you will need your Student Card, which must have enough credit available. 

Medical services

If you live in Holland (The Netherlands), you are obliged by law to have health insurance. The third party liability insurance cover (with global coverage of up to EUR 1,250,000) is strongly recommended, as well as the repatriation insurance cover. Fontys University of Applied Science cannot be held liable if a student/trainee does not have (sufficient) insurance cover. Every student enrolled at Fontys is expected to have fulfilled his/her insurance obligations.

Student Life

Campus life

Our international English-taught bachelor- and master programmes are conducted at our campuses located in Eindhoven, Tilburg and Venlo. All campuses are equipped with excellent computer facilities, libraries and student restaurants. Wireless Internet is available throughout the campuses, enabling you to bring your laptop to Fontys and to work, study, search for information and check your e-mail wherever you happen to be at Fontys.

Student clubs

There are numerous studying and student organisations that may appeal to you during your time at Fontys. Please make enquiries at your Course Department, or ask other students for more information. Some of the student organisations are actually more like social clubs, whereas others place more emphasis on culture and/or studying. Please note that not all of these associations are necessarily linked to Fontys.


All Fontys degree programmes are accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO).