Saxion University of Applied Sciences

3.8 out of 5 (129 ratings / 121 reviews) Deventer, Netherlands
Saxion University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest institutions of higher education in the Netherlands, with close to 27,000 students (and still growing!). Saxion University has a rich history – its roots can be traced back to the 1875.  

Master's Programmes

Applied Sciences & Professions (2)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)
Social Sciences (1)



A merger of two educational institutions, the Hogeschool Enschede and Hogeschool IJselland, in 1998 paved the way for Saxion University in its present form. This merger enabled Saxion to build further on its strong position in Dutch higher education and since then Saxion University has come to be recognised as an important centre of expertise at regional, national and international level. 


Saxion offers a broad range of courses at various levels, including many international programmes. The quality of education at Saxion is monitored by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, as well as being accredited by several international bodies, assuring you that the programmes on offer are of a high standard.


Through teaching and research, we put the latest scientific advances into practice. Our research is driven by demands from businesses, local authorities and organisations. Our main focus is the field of Living Technology.

Research is an important component of our teaching. Students learn to develop an inquisitive attitude and know how to interpret research outcomes. In addition, research stimulates the consultative and entrepreneurial abilities of our students and teaches them to maintain a critical attitude. This ensures that our programmes meet the demands of the (future) labour market. 


If you would like to stay in the Netherlands after graduating, Saxion offers you an excellent opportunity to expand your work experience and professional skills and to broaden your chances on the Dutch and international job market through the Saxion Connect International Traineeship Programme. 

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Student services

Coming to the Netherlands from abroad can of course be a big step for many international students. If you are arriving from outside of the Netherlands, we aim to make the transition for you as smooth as possible, and we have therefore established a network of host families (Friends of Saxion International Students) who are on hand to help you settle into life in the Netherlands. We also have a Buddy programme, whereby current students can help guide you through your initial period of studying at Saxion. 

Housing services

Since it is quite difficult to find suitable housing by yourself, Saxion arranges accommodation for all of our first year international students from outside EU/EEA in Deventer, Apeldoorn and Enschede. 

In all three cities we have contracts with the local student housing associations. They provide Saxion with accommodation with rooms which may vary in size. The rooms are all single rooms and furnished with basic facilities like bed, desk, chair and cupboard. All accommodations have an internet connection. The bathroom, toilet and kitchen need to be shared with other international Saxion students, max. 6 students share common facilities. 

Library services

All campuses are equipped with computerrooms, library facilities and restaurants.

ICT services

Wireless internet is available throughout the campuses enabling you to bring your laptop and work, study, search and check your email wherever you want. 

Medical services

Dutch law requires every citizen to be insured for at least Health Care and Liability. European students (both exchange and regular) can take out their own Health Care insurance and are only obliged to take the Liability Insurance arranged by Saxion. Non-European students, who need a visa and residence permit, will be insured by Saxion for both Health Care and Liability. 

Student Life

Campus life

Saxion University of Applied Sciences has three campuses in the East of the Netherlands - one campus in each of the three Dutch cities of Deventer, Enschede and Apeldoorn. Thanks to the important contribution of agriculture to the local economy, this region is renowned for its beautiful countryside and fairly relaxed pace of life. However, all four Saxion locations have good public transport facilities, meaning that the hustle and bustle of the major cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague is no more than 1½ hours away. 

Student clubs

Saxion has a number of student associations. They aim to make your stay within the university as attractive as possible. Student associations emphasize fun and extra-curricular activities. Associations are not linked to particular courses. You can find more detailed info mation about the student associations on their websites and Facebook pages. 


Saxion University of Applied Sciences is regulated by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, which is the is Dutch national system of legislation and quality control for educational institutions. In addition, several of Saxion's Masters programmes are accredited by educational institutions abroad, including the University of Greenwich. Thanks to this legal framework, you can rest assured that the level of education offered at our universities meets high quality standards, both nationally and internationally. 

Student Reviews

The Flying Dutch-student
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Overall very positive student experience, thoroughly enjoyed coursework and student life in the Netherlands. Lecturers are all very friendly, helpful and approachable for any concerns or problems. Only complaint is the difficulty in organising student placements which is done by the students rather than the university since its an international physiotherapy class

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Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Courses are challenging in the first year, many exams and group work . Second year has mostly group work and some exams. Third year is focused on having clients. It's an HBO school so its not so difficult.

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Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Good teachers, large amount of vaguely relevant study material

Deventer, Overijssel, Netherlands

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