NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences

University of Applied Sciences

Emmen , Groningen , Leeuwarden



Life is about breaking through boundaries. At NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, you will be encouraged every day to discover and develop your talents. In small and personal groups of students, lecturers, and researchers, you will tackle real-life assignments from the actual field. The main campus is based in the European Capital of Culture 2018, the city of Leeuwarden.

NHL Stenden offers  programmes in the fields of hospitality, tourism, leisure & events, business, IT, media, teaching, marketing and logistics. Its global campus network offers you the opportunity to study at one of its campuses in Indonesia (Bali), Qatar, South Africa, or Thailand. 

At NHL Stenden you will be challenged to voice your opinion and take initiative. In small and personal groups of students, lecturers, and researchers, you will tackle real-life assignments from the actual field. Together you will test your ideas in practice, to make sure they work as expected. You will carry out assignments from both local and international organisations; it is the best way to prepare for your future line of work.

The university says:

"Studying at NHL Stenden means becoming a strong-willed and resourceful professional. In a rapidly changing world, you will make the impossible possible!"


Courses offered through English


Stenden University of Applied Sciences has reserved rooms with a local housing agency especially for their international students.

Rent is from €250 to €350 per month


I moved to Leeuwarden one September, feeling both excited and nervous. Everything was so structured and put together so well that the transition was extremely easy. I had no problem with settling in as everyone was so nice not only in the school but also the city of Leeuwarden itself. I was completely surprised with how much I have enjoyed student life in the Netherlands. It is a completely different experience form Ireland. The school itself is quite different from the average college or university in Ireland. Firstly, the school offers a lot of support to their students. As an international student they understand that it can be difficult to adjust to a new system and new surroundings so teachers are very helpful and approachable if you have a problem. The classes are much smaller too. Studying abroad is one of the greatest experiences you can have and studying in Holland has given me every possibility and opportunity I could ask for. I am free to go by train to other countries such as Germany or France, English is widely spoken, there is a great diversity of cultures here, the country itself is beautiful and most of all I am loving my course and the knowledge I’m gaining from meeting lots of different people from around the world. And sure I get the best of both worlds, Ireland is only a short flight away. 

Emily McGrath International Hotel Management