Saxion University of Applied Sciences

Saxion University of Applied Sciences

Top reasons to study here

  • Saxion offers a broad range of courses at various levels, including many international programmes.
  • Saxion University of Applied Sciences has three campuses in the East of the Netherlands - one campus in each of the three Dutch cities
  • Our international classrooms are made up of a mix of students from all over the world.

Pre-Bachelor's programmes

Humanities (2)
Business & Management (1)
Social Sciences (1)



Saxion University has a rich history - its roots can be traced back to 1875. A merger of two educational institutions, the Hogeschool Enschede and Hogeschool IJselland, paved the way for Saxion University in its present form in 1998.


Saxion offers a broad range of courses at various levels, including many international programmes. The quality of education at Saxion is monitored by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, as well as being accredited by several international bodies, assuring you that the programmes on offer are of a high standard.


Research is an important component of our education. Students develop an investigative attitude; they know how to apply research results. In addition, research stimulates the advisory and enterprising capacity and teaches them to be critical. As a result, our courses are aligned with the (future) labor market.

Our research areas:

  • Areas & Living
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Smart Industry


If you would like to stay in the Netherlands after graduating, Saxion offers you an excellent opportunity to expand your work experience and professional skills and to broaden your chances on the Dutch and international job market through the Saxion Connect International Traineeship Programme. 

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Student services

Besides your study as an international student at Saxion there are practical matters which you need to take into account, with regards to your student life in the Netherlands.We support you with topics such as:

  • (Saxion) housing
  • Immigration procedures
  • Visa & Residence Permit based on your study
  • MoMi regulations
  • Insurance
  • Scholarships

Housing services

Since it might be quite difficult to find suitable housing by yourself, Saxion gives first year students the opportunity to arrange accommodation via Saxion. We can offer accommodation in either Deventer or Enschede. On this page you can find more information about arranging your housing via Saxion.

Library services

At Saxion we value written and digital knowledge. This all comes together in our library on campus.

Saxion Library has three branches: in Enschede, Deventer and Apeldoorn. Every registered student is a member of the library and can borrow material with a valid student card.

Student Life

Campus life

Saxion University of Applied Sciences has three campuses in the East of the Netherlands - one campus in each of the three Dutch cities of Deventer, Enschede and Apeldoorn.

Thanks to the important contribution of agriculture to the local economy, this region is renowned for its beautiful countryside and fairly relaxed pace of life.


Saxion University of Applied Sciences is regulated by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, which is the is Dutch national system of legislation and quality control for educational institutions. In addition, several of Saxion's Masters programmes are accredited by educational institutions abroad, including the University of Greenwich. Thanks to this legal framework, you can rest assured that the level of education offered at our universities meets high quality standards, both nationally and internationally. 

Student Reviews

A warm and cultural environment!
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

My experience at Saxion University is very pleasant. The way of teaching, the facilities, and the teachers all fit in a very open and warm environment. The school is big but has a lot of open spaces which makes it feel cozy. The classes are either in the form of a lecture or an interactive form. The work pressure is alright, as long as you schedule it the right way for...

The Flying Dutch-student
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Overall very positive student experience, thoroughly enjoyed coursework and student life in the Netherlands. Lecturers are all very friendly, helpful and approachable for any concerns or problems. Only complaint is the difficulty in organising student placements which is done by the students rather than the university since its an international physiotherapy class

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Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Courses are challenging in the first year, many exams and group work . Second year has mostly group work and some exams. Third year is focused on having clients. It's an HBO school so its not so difficult.

Deventer, Overijssel, Netherlands

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