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Avans University of Applied Sciences

3.7 out of 5 (97 ratings / 91 reviews) Breda, Netherlands
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.

Bachelor's programmes

Business & Management (2)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)



Avans University of Applied Sciences was formed in 2004 as the result of a merger between Hogeschool Brabant and Hogeschool ’s-Hertogenbosch. These educational institutions were already working together closely at the time, operating under one Executive Board.


All our departments together comprise the 21 Avans schools. This includes the University of Law Avans-Fontys.Avans offers programmes in the following areas of interest:

  • Economics and Business
  • Engineering, Society and Behaviour
  • Health Care
  • Science and Technology
  • Arts and Culture
  • Law and Governance
  • Education
  • Earth and Environment
  • Language and Communications


At Avans, practice-based research is carried out at our 6 centres of applied research and over 25 research groups.


We opt for smallscale, vocationally oriented education with appropriate learning pathways. Avans University of Applied Sciences graduates have the necessary professional competencies and a learning, investigative, enterprising and responsible attitude. This gives them the confidence they need to continuously develop as a professional. Our students can rest assured that their study programme is future-proof, matching requirements of both their future professional field and of an ever-changing society.

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Student services

The Avans student ambassadors are international students who are happy to share their experiences of the study programmes and living and studying in the Netherlands with you. They are also ready to answer any questions you might have. 

The international study programmes of Avans University of Applied Sciences prepare you for excellent career opportunities in a range of professional areas. We are pleased to offer you the unique opportunity to get a taster of our courses, explore our campus and meet lecturers and current students before applying. Our multiple day Orientation Days programme helps you find out whether Avans and its study programmes fit you.

Housing services

Avans University of Applied Sciences does not offer student accommodation. Instead, we collaborate with housing corporations to help students find suitable housing. Please be aware that only a limited number of furnished rooms are available for international students. Breda has a rapidly growing student population. This means finding suitable and affordable accommodation can be a challenge.

Library services

In our experience, today's students consider freedom and independence to be extremely important. These qualities are essential and is happy to apply them. If you come to study with us, you can make use of Xplora: our vast multimedia library, database, meeting place, knowledge centre, social hub, assembly point, studio complex – in fact, offers everything that makes studying possible and enjoyable.

ICT services

Within most Avans buildings you will be able to use a wireless network. Through this network you have Internet access including all corresponding services (web mail etc.). For WiFi (wireless fidelity) access you need to register with the helpdesk stating the device you are using. Don't forget to bring your Avans chip card when registering.

Medical services

If you need medical care it is possible to contact a dentist or family doctor through Avans. As a foreign student this is extremely handy for you. In order to make use of these facilities, you can contact the International Office at Avans.

Student Life

Student clubs

The Avans cities of Breda, Tilburg, Roosendaal and ‘s-Hertogenbosch are home to large numbers of students. Student associations are at the heart of these thriving communities. This page offers you information about the various associations you can join as an Avans student.

Student Reviews

I had a bad experience in searching for scholarships
Anonymous rated 1 out of 5 stars

I did not start the course because of financial difficulty

Students at Avans
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

My university at the moment has a great energy. The teachers that we have is amazing and they do teach us a lot. The teacher are very approachable. That aspect makes it easy to ask questions. It also strengthens the bond between teachers and students.

Improving a great study program
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The study program is very outstanding and great as it is taught in English , the system of the university is very strict and it has very stressful environment