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Fontys University of Applied Sciences

3.7 out of 5 (113 ratings / 102 reviews) Eindhoven, Netherlands
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.



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 offers 29 international Bachelors and Masters programmes in English covering a wide range of fields: ICT, Engineering, Fine and Performance Arts, Marketing, Business, Communication and Physiotherapy. We also welcome a large number of International students to join one of our 50 English-taught exchange programmes.


The Fontys Research Agenda forms an integral part of the Fontys Quality Agenda for education, whereby research has been positioned in such a way that it contributes to the continual improvement of the quality of education. Fontys opts to link all research to education.


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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Housing services

Fontys can offer:

  • a standard furnished student room, rent euro 325,00 - euro 450 maximum (Eindhoven and Tilburg)
  • Private room / shared facilities.
  • a semi-studio, rent euro 450 - euro 600 maximum (Eindhoven)
  • Private room / partly private facilities.
  • a luxury room, rent euro 515 - euro 595 (Tilburg)
  • Private room / shared facilities / TV-cosy furniture-all you need service

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). The system that is in place allows you to process the information that you obtain immediately. It is also possible to peruse the catalogues pertaining to other institutes, such as the Tilburg University

Medical services

Everyone in the Netherlands must have insurance cover for medical expenses. The type of health insurance that you will need will depend on your personal situation.

In the Netherlands, the ‘huisarts’ (doctor, general practitioner, GP) provides full medical assistance in accordance with the standards designated for the practice of medicine by medical professionals in the Netherlands. 

Student Life

Campus life

Our international course programmes are conducted at our campuses located in Eindhoven, Tilburg and Venlo. All campuses are equipped with computer rooms, 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.

Student Reviews

The ,,Unique" system
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

It's fine but overall the system is very different from the other universities in a bad way,with grades not specific and easily the chances to repeat the semester because of one course failed.There are many more unpleasant experience with this university because of their ,,unique" system.The parts that I liked where the lessons that we learned,friendly classmates from...

Okay, could be better
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

For a university which takes pride in projects and out of the box thinking, I was shocked how many things we had to do “by the book” without any creativity.

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I'm going to start in february but I visited the university few days ago and it seems very nice.

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