NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences

NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences

By expanding your boundaries, there is no telling what you might accomplish. That is why we challenge our students, staff and partners every day to discover and develop their talents, as part of a journey that transcends the limits of their own professional field and immediate environment. 

Top reasons to study here

  • Our courses incorporate all the latest trends and developments in the relevant sectors and industries, both at a national as well as an international level.
  • That is the strength of NHL Stenden: in a rapidly changing world, our people make the impossible possible.
  • Our students, lecturers and researchers work together in small teams on real-life assignments and share their innovative ideas in practice.

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (1)
Journalism & Media (1)



It happens, because we make it happen; that is what we believe. We strive to make the impossible possible by looking beyond the borders of our own professional fields. We encourage our students and staff every day to come up with innovative solutions to practical issues. We do this by collaborating with industry professionals. Students, lecturers, researchers, and industry professionals come together in workshops. This way, we prepare our students to become enterprising and resourceful professionals, who look beyond their own professional field with an interdisciplinary approach. 


Research and education are intertwined at NHL Stenden. Our university of applied sciences has 44 professorships of applied sciences. These are divided among our three focus areas: Vital Regions, Smart Sustainable Industries, and Service Economy. Together with local and international partners, we build and expand our expertise by employing practice-based research. 

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Housing services

In the Netherlands, it is common for students to rent a room in a shared house or apartment with other students. There are also options to rent a one-bedroom or studio apartment. Student accommodation is usually provided by real estate agents or private landlords who advertise their rooms on different platforms.  

Library services

Renewing and reserving can be done at the counter or online, by logging into the catalogue with your cardnumber and password (first three letters from your last name).In our Libraries you can use various facilities such as computers, printers and smart boards. Scanning and copying is also possible. In addition, each Library has workplaces where you can study or work with your own laptop.

Medical services

The Dutch healthcare system is a universal, multi-payer system. This means healthcare is funded through a combination of public and private contributions.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Leeuwarden, the Netherlands
  • Emmen, the Netherlands
  • Meppel, the Netherlands
  • Groningen, the Netherlands
  • Terschelling, the Netherlands
  • Qatar
  • Bali
  • Thailand
  • South Africa

Student Reviews

Rishi Journey at NHL Stenden, Netherlands
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I am now in my second year of the study programme and I would like to share my experiences so far as a student in Leeuwarden. We have the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) system. Each module, you have a new class and a new tutor, because everyone is culturally different, you learn to accept them and the way they think. In the beginning, it can be hard to adjust to a new class,...

A Story of Growth
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

One of the key benefits of my previous study was the practical approach of learning. Instead of solely relying on theoretical lectures, we were assigned to many different projects that involved all stages of project management, from definition, initiation, planning, execution to the monitoring & controlling phase. Furthermore, the in-depth courses of management helped me...

The possibility of customizing
Sjoukje Sanja Flonk rated 4 out of 5 stars

I liked the way that in the program i was following i could take the classes i wanted and are interested in. Next to that there where allot of opportunities to travel to other cities.

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