APPLY FOR AN APPLIED SCIENCE UNIVERSITY
Universities of applied sciences focus on a hands-on practical approach to studying. Unlike research universities, applied science universities believe that students should focus predominantly on learning by doing, rather than only by studying. Generally, applied science universities also require more coursework from students. This allows the students to create a portfolio or internally assessed work.
In the Netherlands, applied science universities usually have two main components – the theoretical and the practical – where more weight is put on the latter. The theoretical competent consists of classic lectures and workshops, whereas the practical part usually entails doing a group project with fellow students.
It will usually take you 4 years to complete your bachelor degree at a hogeschool while completing your master’s programs will usually take you 1 – 2 years.
Below you will find a list of the most popular hogeschool universities in the Netherlands.
The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (Dutch: Hogeschool van Amsterdam) has a total of 43,000 students and offer a total of 80 bachelor and master’s programs. It states ‘The AUAS trains the professionals of tomorrow,” whereby stressing the fact that the university addresses real-life world problems from professional fields and teaches its students through practical oriented research.
The Inholland University of Applied Sciences (Dutch: Hogeschool Inholland) is a home to students from over 110 nationalities. Although it was only founded in 2002, it has gained popularity very quickly. With over 80 bachelor programs, the university offers programmes in fields such as healthcare, economics, technology and education.
The Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (Dutch: Hogeschool Rotterdam) has ten campuses in Rotterdam and one near Dordrecht. It has over 30,000 students studying various degrees in fields such as business, healthcare, law and management. The UvA was created in 1988 through two mergers.
The Saxion University of Applied Sciences (Dutch: Saxion Hogescholen) is one of the largest institutions of higher education in Holland. It has a student body of over 24,000 and was founded in 1998 by a merger of two universities: the Hogeschool Enschede and Hogeschool Ijsellandd. It has over 2,500 international students of 55 different nationalities and offers a wide range of programs for various fields including business, law, hospitality, IT and HRM.
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