Applied Science Universities in the Netherlands

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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.

Amsterdam University

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.

Inholland University

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.

Rotterdam University

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.

Saxion University

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.

 

Other Dutch Applied Science Universities:

Amsterdam School of the Arts

ArtEZ Institute of the Arts

Avans Hogeschool, University of Applied Sciences

Business School Netherlands

Business School Notenboom

Christelijke Hogeschool Ede

Christian University of Applied Sciences

Codarts, University for the Arts

Design Academy Eindhoven

Driestar Hogeschool

EuroPort Business School

Fontys University of Applied Sciences

Gerrit Rietveld Academie

HAN University of Applied Sciences

Hanze University Groningen, University of Applied Sciences

HAS Den Bosch University of Applied Sciences

Hogeschool Edith Stein

HKU University of the Arts Utrecht

HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht

HZ University of Applied Sciences

Hotelschool The Hague

Katholieke Pabo Zwolle, Teacher Training Institute

New Business School Amsterdam

NHL University of Applied Sciences

NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences

STC-Group

Stenden University of Applied Sciences

The Hague University of Applied Sciences

TIO University of Applied Sciences

University of Applied Sciences Leiden

University of the Arts, The Hague

Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences

Vilentum University of Applied Sciences

Webster University, University of Applied Sciences

Windesheim University of Applied Sciences

Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences

Zuyd University of Applied Sciences

 

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