Avans University of Applied Sciences

Avans University of Applied Sciences

The basic principle of Avans University of Applied Sciences is rooted in and springs from its social environment. To maintain and expand its value within its environment, Avans must continue to meet the changing demands of the labour market and the world of work.

Top reasons to study here

  • Avans has been ranked the top large university of applied sciences in the Netherlands by leading higher education guide Keuzegids Hbo for 8 consecutive years.
  • 92% of Avans alumni found their first job within 3 months after graduating (Source: HBO Monitor 2020).
  • All students at Avans have a mentor during their studies that provide students with tailored study and career guidance.



Avans University of Applied Sciences was founded on 1 January 2004 following a merger of Hogeschool Brabant and Hogeschool 's-Hertogenbosch.

We make a sustainable difference. We train future-proof professionals ready to enter the workforce. Continuously develop new knowledge for education and society. In partnership with companies, institutions and government agencies


Studying at Avans University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands is an excellent option if you are considering studying abroad. Studying with us means studying in a pleasant, ambitious environment with dedicated lecturers and staff, bright students, countless English-language study programmes and good contacts with the business community. Our lecturers and staff make every effort to ensure that you acquire as much of their knowledge as possible


As a knowledge-based institution, we develop new knowledge for education and society as a whole. As part of this, lecturers, lecturing researchers and students conduct practice-based research for businesses, government agencies and civil society organisations. The results of this research are implemented into our curriculum. Knowledge valorisation is a key item on our agenda: we take care to ensure that our newly acquired knowledge is of public value.


Studying at a university of applied sciences in the Netherlands means studying in a country with an international and innovative outlook where you will receive outstanding training for a senior or managerial position. Once you graduate, you will be able to carry the title of ‘bachelor’. 

This means that you can get your international career off to a great start anywhere in the world.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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Housing services

Avans University of Applied Sciences does not offer student accommodation. Instead, we have partnered with the 2 major housing associations in Breda to launch an accommodation reservation website.

What you need to know about these rooms:

  • All rooms are fully furnished.
  • You will share accommodation with other students, usually international students.
  • Rental prices range from €370 to €475 per month. This includes water, electricity, gas and internet access.
  • You will need to pay the rent for the full semester in 1 payment when you sign the rental agreement.

Medical services

There is only one type of health insurance in the Netherlands, namely the basic health insurance. Everyone living in the Netherlands is obliged to have this insurance, which costs around € 80.00 per month.  

Student Life

Student clubs

The Avans cities Breda, Tilburg, Roosendaal and ‘s-Hertogenbosch are home to large numbers of students. Student associations are at the heart of these thriving communities. Associations are open to all students open to connect with fellow (inter)national students over shared interests, social activities and student life in the Netherlands. 


All our bachelor's and master's degree programmes are formally accredited by the Dutch higher education accreditation authorities and comply with European standards as set by the Bologna Agreement.

Student Reviews

Wesley van der Voort rated 4 out of 5 stars

A good School where you are responsible for your own progress

Involved teachers
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Avans University of applied sciences is a university of good quality. The teachers are very involved with the students. And the teaching material is very up to date. Projects are like they are for real clients this will keep you motivated.

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Thomas Huisman rated 5 out of 5 stars

I admire Avans for being able to react swiftly and accordingly to the switch from offline schooling, to online schooling. The COVID pandemic came unexpected for all of us, so without too much time, my University managed to display some peak work on it's ability to transform into something greater. The lectures are great and friendly, and the quality of classes are high.


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