Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences

Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences

At Van Hall Larenstein we train ambitious and innovative students who want to contribute to a more sustainable world. During your study you will work on several international projects and internships at companies where you apply the theory in practice. Right from the start you will develop a professional network of students and colleagues from all over the world.

Top reasons to study here

  • Study at the most sustainable university of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands.
  • Increase your career opportunities by direct contact with prospective employers during the programme.
  • Develop strong connections within key sectors of Dutch economy.

Master's Programmes

Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)
Social Sciences (1)



Our educational programme is competence based. This means that, right from the start, you will be in close contact with professional life and practice. Supported by our teaching staff, you will work on your competences in a range of projects relating to applied research and practical internships. That is why choosing VHL means choosing a professional education, which you apply in real life!

At VHL you will study in an inspiring international environment. You will work together with students from different countries and you will develop a network all over the world. Thanks to our internationally oriented curriculum, you will be trained to develop a sharp focus on international practice. 


As a university of applied sciences, we conduct high-quality practice-based research which enhances both our teaching and our position as a research institute. As a research institute, we supply practice-based solutions for issues from national and international business and society. Alongside regular higher vocational study programmes, we also provide master’s programmes, postgraduate higher vocational training programmes and courses for regional, national and international students.


Van Hall Larenstein has close connections to the international business world and NGO’s. This allows you to apply the theory into practice: besides obtaining highly valued work experience during internships abroad, students go on excursions at companies where they work on real life cases and we invite professionals over to give guest lectures. We strongly believe that international experience is crucial in the development of our students as intercultural competences are required in almost all career fields. Right from the start you will develop a professional network of students and colleagues from all over the world. 

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Student services

Study mentors

You will meet your study mentor during one of the first weeks of your studies. The study mentor is your first contact point should you have study problems. You will consult with the study mentor about your study plan, study progress or about important choices during your studies. If you need assistance or if you want to have a conversation about personal matters, then you can go to one of the study mentors.

Housing services

There are various solutions for housing during your study, depending on the location of your campus. Student accommodation in The Netherlands differs from many other countries: most universities do not offer housing on campus and most Dutch students find their own accommodation on the private market.

Library services

The libraries are high-quality departments within Van Hall Larenstein. They are intensively used as places where users can meet, study, lounge and hold a meeting. The media collection is used very frequently and is suited to the needs of the various study programmes at each campus location. The libraries have long opening hours. 

Student Life

Campus life

VHL University of Applied Sciences is based on two locations in the Netherlands: Leeuwarden and Velp. The environmentally friendly building in Leeuwarden has green houses on its roof. The Velp site is situated on the Larenstein estate – a wonderful area for the practical ‘green’ programmes.

Sports facilities

Besides studying, you probably also want to have a nice place to live, engage in sports, go out and meet other students. In Arnhem, which is close to Velp, you can eat your heart out at the Korenmarkt, the centre of activity in nightlife. Here you also find the sororities of the student associations.

Student clubs

Do you want to have a pleasant time while studying? It can be arranged. Leeuwarden has a rich student life. The city harbours five general student associations. Besides these, there is an active student association related to Van Hall Larenstein, called Osiris.

Moreover, there are working groups in each study programme. They organise all sorts of activities on behalf of the programmes. A number of associations and working groups have their own websites, on which you can read all about their activities, excursions, lectures and study activities. The associations and working groups guarantee a lot of fun, but also provide more depth to the contents of your study.


All programmes of Van Hall Larenstein are accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (in Dutch: NVAO). Every six years each programme has to renew this inspection mark. In order to accomplish this, a visitation-panel will assess the programme and produce a visitation report. Every cluster of programmes is visited in a different year.

Student Reviews

Nasir Haqbeen rated 5 out of 5 stars

This is a beautiful University with highly professional teaching and administrative staff, facilities are excellent and the supporting team is friendly and attentive. I fund the university better than I expected.

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I would like to say thank you to all staff and lecturers of the university. It was a great experience for me to study in such a university.

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

My study has been life changing, both personally and academically, and living abroad is so addictive!

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