Our multi-campus university of applied sciences is firmly rooted in the northern part of the Netherlands where we are based, while at the same time maintaining a strong international focus. At all our Dutch and international branches, we are always looking for new ways to successfully integrate education, research and the latest developments in the professional world.

Top reasons to study here

  • As a graduate of NHL Stenden, you will be prepared for a career anywhere in the world.
  • Studying at NHL Stenden is an exciting new experience. You will be challenged to voice your opinion and take the initiative.
  • One of the most international educational institutes in the Netherlands, NHL Stenden has a strong and varied student body, with more than 80 nationalities.

Bachelor's programmes

Business & Management (8)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (5)
Social Sciences (4)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Journalism & Media (1)

About

History

After being friendly neighbours for many years, Stenden University of Applied Sciences and NHL University of Applied Sciences have merged. As of September 2018, we will present our joined selection of study programmes as NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences. Our brand-new organisation retains the rich history and experience of both institutions, dating back to the year 1845. 

Education

Our educational concept combines an inter-disciplinary approach, with real-world assignments to solve. Practical application of innovative solutions is at the core of this method.

All bachelor’s and master’s degrees conferred by NHL Stenden are accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders, an independent, Netherlands-based accreditation organisation. Your degree will be recognised all over the world.

Research

Education and research are closely intertwined at Stenden University of Applied Sciences, with students, lecturers and Professors of Applied Sciences working with businesses and NGOs to find solutions to various social issues. As a student, you will develop the kind of critical and inquisitive attitude you will require throughout your professional life.

Career

As a graduate of NHL Stenden, you will be prepared for a career anywhere in the world. Our graduates have embarked on successful careers at major multinational companies. Many employers recognise the valuable combination of practical skills and experience NHL Stenden graduates bring to the table. 

Our graduates have found employment at many renowned companies around the world, including:

  • Hilton Worldwide
  • Sony Music Entertainment
  • Marriott Hotels & Resorts
  • Holland America Line
  • G Adventures
  • ABN AMRO Bank N.V.
  • Thomas Cook

Services

Housing services

  • Finding a place to live in the north of the Netherlands where NHL Stenden’s branches are located is relatively easy. We even have a room guarantee for students from outside the EU, through our partner StudentStay.
  • Once you have been admitted and have registered for a study programme at NHL Stenden, you should start looking for accommodation. We recommend you to start early with finding a suiting accommodation.
  • In the Netherlands, it is common for students to rent a room in a shared house or apartment with other students. There are also options to rent a one-bedroom or studio apartment.
  • For students from countries outside the EU we have a room guarantee agreement with our official accommodation partner StudentStay.

Student Life

Campus life

Our multi-campus university of applied sciences is firmly rooted in the northern part of the Netherlands where we are based, while at the same time maintaining a strong international focus.

  • NHL Stenden’s main campus is located in Leeuwarden; the student body of all NHL Stenden branches combined is currently 8,750. The selection of courses on offer includes International Hospitality Management, Tourism Management and Media and Entertainment Management. The campus provides access to modern facilities such as computer labs, Wi-Fi, a library, a gym, a bank, a cafeteria and an employment agency. Our very own Stenden Hotel, run by students from the School of Hotel Management, is also located in Leeuwarden.

Sports facilities

  • Leeuwarden Campus - If you’re interested in exercise and keeping fit, there is a gym right on campus, along with a variety of sports clubs and facilities. The annual Sports Pass, available for €70, provides access to all courses in the gym. For €20 per month, you get access to all courses and gym facilities. 

Accreditation

All bachelor’s and master’s degrees conferred by NHL Stenden are accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders, an independent, Netherlands-based accreditation organisation. 

Student Reviews

Stenden "University", better avoid
Anonymous rated 1 out of 5 stars
Stenden University focuses on having a good image to the public. Instead of asking themselves "how to fix this" they instead care about "how to make this look fixed"
just life
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars
To some extent I would have enjoyed more if my university was in a bigger city, with more opportunities for work and fun. However I am academically challenged and that compiles the work and the fun.
Learning new things, meeting new people
Mats van der Werf rated 4 out of 5 stars
I started studying at Stenden University in 2016. So far, it has been an amazing experience in which I learned a lot and met tons of wonderful people.