HZ University of Applied Sciences

HZ University of Applied Sciences

At HZ, you will find a flat egalitarian organisational structure. You will be encouraged to ask questions, give your opinion, analyse and make recommendations. Interactions and discussions are highly appreciated during the lectures. 

Top reasons to study here

  • As university of applied sciences we focus on practice-based education and research opportunities.
  • Our close cooperation with the business world, various research centres, and our global network of partner universities is of paramount importance.
  • Teachers and staff put great emphasis on individual coaching. Your study coach will help you choose courses and explore your career possibilities.

Master's Programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)



HZ has around 5.000 students divided over four study years and 22 bachelor degree programmes, seven of which are taught in English. Some 500 students come from outside The Netherlands, so we have a great mix of Dutch and international students. Easy mathematics will tell you that with such numbers, classes are going to be small.


A great deal of practical research is conducted at HZ. Questions from professional business practices are central focus points during this type of research. Issues are examined by lecturers, teacher researchers, business professionals and students. They are united in research centres and lectures, which all have a strong connection with the local area.


Beginning in your first year with the HZ, you will be assigned a personal study career coach to assist with mapping out your individual study plan. This is extremely helpful in the beginning because at this stage you may not be fully aware of all possibilities available to help reach your goals. As you progress in in your studies, you will gradually make decisions independently but your personal coach is always available for advice.  

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Housing services

When you are looking for accommodation in Zeeland, there are possibilities to find a good and affordable room in Vlissingen or Middelburg. Most student houses are near the city centres and within cycling distance of HZ. In Vlissingen you are also close to the Boulevard and beach when you want to get a breath of fresh air. 

  • Housing corporations

HZ has partnered housing companies APV and Villex to make it easier for students to find a place to live in. Once you have registered at HZ, you can start booking a room. You need to make a reservation for accommodation yourself. 

Library services

The multimedia library serves the entire HZ University of Applied Sciences. Here you will find information in different media forms for students, lecturers and staff members. It is possible to work on assignments and projects at the multimedia library. Alongside general topics, the main focus of the library collection is the degree programme subjects and their associated professional fields.

ICT services

The HZ has approximately 400 computers available for students. You can find computers in the library, classrooms and course-related areas, such as laboratories and simulation rooms. Computers and software are continuously renewed and updated to keep up with the rapid developments in this secto

Medical services

The HZ has a number of facilities for students with a disability. These include accessible areas, an arrangement for students with dyslexia, available areas for students with diabetes, and adjustments during examinations. Feel free to contact us with any question you may have about studying with a disability.

Student Life

Campus life

APV has hundreds of rooms and studios in Vlissingen. Their database varies from low to high rental class, from small to large rooms and from unfurnished to furnished. APV Housing closely works with (local) businesses, city councils, housing corporations, HZ University of Applied Sciences and residents. They have a communal focus to ensure and optimize the stay in accommodation to a professional, safe and pleasurable experience.

Sports facilities

Join HZ’s sports club HZ Sport for all your sporting activities. Take part in weekly sports such as tennis, volleyball, indoor and outdoor football, swimming, or get discounts on activities such as kite surfing, climbing, go karting and mountain biking.

Student clubs

FISA is the only student association for Dutch and international students in Vlissingen. It is an open student association, where every student is welcome to join and enjoy student life! FISA is a big multicultural group, that is up to fun and bring some activities into a student life. Their goal is to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

FISA’s activities include:

  • Theme parties once or twice a month in HQ Basement
  • Socializing activities/events like movie nights, dinners, bowling nights, graffiti workshops, etc.

The board of FISA has regularly meetings, where they are brainstorming and thinking about a new theme party or an event. 


The Dutch higher education system enjoys a worldwide reputation for its outstanding quality. It is monitored by a national system of regulation and quality assurance. The quality of university departments and programmes is regularly assessed by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science as well as by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatie organisatie; NVAO). All HZ’s Bachelor’s programmes are accredited and are listed in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes (CROHO).

Student Reviews

Practice-based education and family-like environment at HZ University of Applied Sciences
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

HZ University of Applied Sciences provides international students not only with practice-based education but also with on-going support in terms of personal and professional development. Teachers show that they really care about students and the university offers many extra curriculum activities. In my experience, by taking part in these activities, I managed to meet with...

What's HZ like? downsides and perks!
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

My university is an applied science one, which means it is really focused on practical work. working on projects and in the lab has made my overall study more efficient and interesting. Although, sometimes the organization of the teachers and the university itself wasn't at its best.

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

My experience at HZ so far was great. I can say I had an ample opportunity to grow personally and professionally.

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