NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences

The multi-campus university of applied sciences is firmly rooted in the northern part of the Netherlands where we are based, while at the same time maintaining a strong international focus. At all our Dutch and international branches, we are always looking for new ways to successfully integrate education, research and the latest developments in the professional world.

Top reasons to study here

  • As a graduate of NHL Stenden, you will be prepared for a career anywhere in the world.
  • The students, lecturers and researchers work together in small teams on real-life assignments and share their innovative ideas in practice.
  • The courses incorporate all the latest trends and developments in the relevant sectors and industries, both at a national as well as an international level.

Master's Programmes

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



By combining our strengths, we are sure we can provide our students with the best possible education. Our brand-new organisation retains the rich history and experience of both institutions, dating back to the year 1845. This results in an internationally orientated institution, with strong ties to local communities and businesses.


All bachelor’s and master’s degrees conferred by NHL Stenden are accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders, an independent, Netherlands-based accreditation organisation. Your degree will be recognised all over the world.


Education and research are closely intertwined at Stenden University of Applied Sciences, with students, lecturers and Professors of Applied Sciences working with businesses and NGOs to find solutions to various social issues. As a student, you will develop the kind of critical and inquisitive attitude you will require throughout your professional life.


As a graduate of NHL Stenden, you will be prepared for a career anywhere in the world. Our graduates have embarked on successful careers at major multinational companies. Many employers recognise the valuable combination of practical skills and experience NHL Stenden graduates bring to the table. 

Our graduates have found employment at many renowned companies around the world, including:

  • Hilton Worldwide
  • Sony Music Entertainment
  • Marriott Hotels & Resorts
  • Holland America Line
  • G Adventures
  • ABN AMRO Bank N.V.
  • Thomas Cook

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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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.  

Student Life

Campus life

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

Sports facilities

If you’re interested in exercise and keeping fit, there is a gym right on campus, along with a variety of sports clubs and facilities. The annual Sports Pass, available for €70, provides access to all courses in the gym. For €20 per month, you get access to all courses and gym facilities. 

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I've been studying IT at NHL Stenden for two years already, and of course there two sides of the medal. Good things about this university are it's really practical, so you'll have a lot of projects for your cv after even 1 year if you are willing to do your own projects it would also be possible because the university is kind of flexible in a lot of moments. A lot of...

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Although NHLStenden University of Applied Sciences (in Emmen where I am studying) is a small place, you will never feel alone. The study programme which I am following is very good and it meets my expectations.

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

If you are an independent person and serious about getting your degree you are at the right place at Stenden! I had the best time here and made a lot of international friends!

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