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Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen

3.9 out of 5 (158 ratings / 121 reviews) Groningen, Netherlands
Hanze University of Applied Sciences is a large, comprehensive university of applied sciences that has been educating skilled and committed professionals for over two centuries. Hanze graduates enrich those they come into contact with, both individuals and society at large. They share their talents and move the world. 

Master's Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (9)
Engineering & Technology (5)
Business & Management (4)
Computer Science & IT (2)
Social Sciences (2)
Education & Training (1)



 In 1798 six leading citizens of Groningen founded the Academy for Draughtsmanship, Architecture and Seamanship, which became known as Academy Minerva thirty years later. In the end, this became Hanze UAS Groningen. 


Applied research and innovation is highly integrated in our academic programmes. In addition to this Hanze UAS has various modern facilities on campus to offer its students. An overview of important information for international students can be found on our International Service Desk webpage. We hope to see you in Groningen soon.


The University has multiple research groups:

  • Centre of Expertise Energy
  • Centre of Expertise Healthy Aging
  • Marian van Os Centre for Entrepreneurship 
  • Research Centre Art & Society
  • Research Centre Biobased Economy
  • Research Centre for Built Environment NooderRuimte 


Student services

The International Service Desk (ISD) assists students who wish to study for an exchange semester at a partner university. We help with the application procedure and practical information. The ISD also processes the applications of incoming exchange students from partner institutions who want to follow an exchange programme at Hanze UAS. We apply for visas and residence permits for all incoming students with a non-EU nationality, assist with the search for accommodation and provide information about insurances and other practical matters.

Library services

Anyone attending a course or training, part-time/full-time or is working at Hanze University Groningen can make free use of the extensive collection, both physical and digital, and all services from the Hanze Library.

Student Life

Campus life

Why not come and visit the campus and see Hanze UAS for yourself? Feel free to attend one of the Open Days (offered several times per year) or get in touch with our Hanze International Student Team and book your personal campus and city tour.

All the buildings of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences provide the modern, general facilities needed to learn in pleasant, friendly surroundings. The classrooms and lecture halls have been fitted with modern equipment, and there are also areas designated for working in groups or individual study. 

Sports facilities

Hanze UAS and the University of Groningen run a joint sports centre, with approximately 75 trainers and instructors and 20 staff members. The sports centre wants to help increase the mental and physical welfare of the students and employees of the institutions through sport. The sports centre provides ACLO with professional advice and facilitates the ACLO sports programme.


All individual degree programmes are subject to accreditation. New programmes have to be accredited before they are launched (initial accreditation). After a programme has been recognised, it has to undergo an accreditation procedure every six years (accreditation).

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

I would recommend the Hanze University and especially the city Groningen. This because the university is engaged with their students and Groningen is one of the best cities to be as a student. The facilities of both the city and the university are great.

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

In 2016 Groningen was elected to the best student city in Netherlands. (According to Elsevier) Honestly, it was not a big surprise for me. I am originally from Germany, travelled a lot after my High School, currently doing my exchange program in Hong Kong. And still, Groningen is one my favourite places in the world. Why? I have lived in Germany, Austria, Hong Kong, been...

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The facilities of this University are modern and Innovative. The staffs and lecturers are helpful and the courses offered are interesting and hands-on type.

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