NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences - Emmen

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NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences

Studying at NHL Stenden is an exciting new experience. You will be challenged to voice your opinion and take the initiative. You do this in a safe learning environment where respect for different views and backgrounds is a shared value.

Life is about breaking through boundaries. At NHL Stenden you will be challenged every day to discover and develop your talents. It is a journey which surpasses the limits of your education. This means you will look beyond your own field and learn by collaborating with others.

Unlock the world

We have campuses all over the world. You will be encouraged to spend part of your education at an international campus site, like the ones in South Africa or Thailand. You may also choose to complete part of your course at any of over a hundred of our partner universities in dozens of countries, including the USA, UK, Canada and France. Whichever destination you choose, you are sure to gain plenty of international and cultural experience.

Education concept

With Design Based Education (DBE), ideas are turned into practical solutions, often in an international context. You will work in small inter-disciplinary groups on assignments from actual clients. This is the best way to prepare for your future field. DBE places a strong emphasis on the personal development of our students, with them being responsible for their own learning path. Our new educational concept will be used in 32 of our study programmes, starting from September 2018 onwards. It will also be implemented in all of our study programmes in the years to come.

Facilities & Services

We know that studying in a foreign country can be an exciting prospect. Therefore, we focus on providing specific support for our international students. We offer a warm welcome to students from all over the world!

Study facilities

There are plenty of places on campus to get your work done. In our large general study areas, you can work at one of our computers or plug in your own laptop. Do you need some peace and quiet to think or brainstorm with your fellow students? There are small study rooms available for you as well.


We have pleasant lounges at NHL Stenden Leeuwarden where you can enjoy delicious local and international snacks, hot and cold meals, fresh coffees, and juices. A focus on organic ingredients means that the catering is sustainable.

Our Hotel Management students prepare food with an international twist - we have Asian, European and African sections. The cafeterias are the perfect place to meet your fellow students for an enjoyable meal or drink.

Contemplation Centre

NHL Stenden Leeuwarden offers both students and staff members the opportunity to contemplate, pray and meditate. At the Contemplation Centre, you can use the Buddhist/Hindu, Islamic or Christian room.

New student orientation

An orientation week is organised for all international students to help them get acquainted with the city and the campus.

Student Housing

StudentStay is NHL Stenden’s official partner company and offers a wide range of student housing options in Leeuwarden, Emmen, and Meppel. For more information, check Studentstay. Please check NHL Stenden for more housing options.

Sports Card (Leeuwarden)

In Leeuwarden, you can exercise your muscles as well as your brain, thanks to the Student Sports Card. This gives you access to various sports activities all year round and at a considerable discount. Visitstudentensportleeuwarden for more information.

HBO Sport Card (Emmen, Meppel)

Our Emmen, Meppel campuses offer you an ‘HBO Sport Card’ that provides access to unlimited sports facilities all year round. For more information, please visit hbo-sport.

Hestia student lounge (Leeuwarden)

Hestia is a student lounge in Leeuwarden and often considered ‘a home away from home’. It is a cosy house with a welcoming lounge right next to NHL Stenden Leeuwarden.

Come to Hestia to:

  • Chill out, meet interesting people and learn about other cultures
  • Watch TV and movies on large flat-screen TVs
  • Play various board games
  • Play table tennis and darts
  • Organise meetings, dinners, semester talks, etc
  • Enjoy a coffee, tea and chat without having to make a reservation

International Student Club (Emmen)

The Country Club is an international student club at NHL Stenden Emmen. Everyone is welcome, irrespective of where you come from. This is where you can get to know people from all over the world in a very pleasant environment.

Academic Requirements:

To be admitted to one of the Bachelor programs you have to meet certain admission requirements. NHL Stenden recognizes the following general international qualifications:

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or European Baccalaureate Diploma
  • High School diploma from an accredited institution
  • Four GCSE/GCE ‘O’ level passes (final grade A, B or C) and two ‘AS’ level passes. These six passes combined must all be in different subjects.
  • Associate, Bachelor or Master Degree 

Language Requirements

All non-EER applicants are required to submit an English proficiency test with their application. Exceptions are made for students, who have had their preparatory education in a country where English is the official working and educational language. The language requirements for EER students are the same as for Dutch students. If your diploma is mentioned in this list the additional English language test is not required.

NHL Stenden accepts three kinds of official language tests: IELTS, TOEFL and the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.

  • Academic IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 for each skill).
  • TOEFL 550 (paper based), 213 (computer-based) and 80 (internet based). Original test results must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to NHL Stenden. The TOEFL institution code for NHL Stenden is 9215.
  • Cambridge ESOL score CAE-C.

Visit NHL Stenden’s website here.

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