Stenden University of Applied Sciences


Our goal is to prepare effective international managers for leadership responsibilities in a complex multicultural world and a fast changing marketplace. As a student, you naturally want to secure your future and be able to function well in a rapidly changing world, both professionally and personally. Stenden is positioned right in the heart of Europe with a presence on two other continents, and we are open to the whole world. We currently have almost 11.000 students of 85 different nationalities studying at Stenden. We are proud of this fact and consider it to be of fundamental importance. An international environment broadens your horizons and helps you to get to know other cultures. This is indispensable for your future high-level career.

At Stenden, you will find the right conditions to develop yourself fully, equipping you to survive and thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Klaas-Wybo van der Hoek, Stenden Executive Board


Why Stenden?

The higher education system in the Netherlands is renowned worldwide for its high quality. Stenden University of Applied Sciences offers excellent, practice-based study programmes, a truly international orientation.

There we offer a wide range of English-taught international certificate, bachelor and master programmes and specialisations. Our flexible fast track and short-track options allow students to plan a programme that suits their previous education and experience.

It’s your future Our goal is to prepare effective international managers for leadership responsibilities in a complex multicultural world and a rapidly changing marketplace. We want to be sure you are ready to enter the world of work immediately after graduation. So we teach you to work in teams but also to take initiative yourself through Problem Based Learning.

We give you the opportunity to work in our acclaimed Learning Companies – true-to-life businesses where you accumulate valuable and relevant work experience while studying. We encourage you to study abroad on our Grand Tour or an exchange programme in your second or third year minor semester. And in your final year we help you find an internship place – which could also be abroad – to complete your all-round education. All in all, we give you the best possible preparation for your professional career, wherever in the world you choose to pursue it.


The Learning Companies –theory meets practice

The in-house Learning Companies are professional training enterprises for particular Stenden study programmes. Here, students not only receive regular tuition, they also benefit from training in real organisations, working on real assignments from external customers and gaining enormous professional experience.

Industrial pla cement abroad

Enhance your international education and work experience with an industrial placement at one of the companies we have links with around the world – such as Unilever, ABN Amro, IKEA, KLM, Rabobank, Golden Tulip and Hilton Hotels.

Exchange semester abroad

Expand your international education by taking an exchange semester abroad at one of our partner universities in countries like the US, Mexico, Australia, Germany, Sweden, the UK, France, China, Hong Kong and many others. We have over 50 partner institutions including.

Stenden University of Applied Sciences is an international education facility with campuses in Leeuwarden, Emmen, Groningen, Meppel, Assen, Doha (Qatar), Bangkok (Thailand), Port Alfred (South Africa) and Kuta Utara (Bali) Dynamic students’ towns in the Netherlands!

Leeuwarden. history and culture Leeuwarden, the historic capital of Friesland, has 95,000 inhabitants – of which no fewer than 20,000 are students! Perhaps inevitably, the character of the city is charming, lively and yet laid-back. The centre is packed with theatres, movie houses, cafes, restaurants and nightclubs. Fast train services link Leeuwarden with Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Schiphol Airport and the rest of Europe

Emmen, leisure and commerce

Emmen, a town of nearly 110,000 inhabitants, lies in the North-East of the Netherlands and was voted the country’s most attractive leisure municipality in 2004. It is also the focus of the largest connected industrial area in the north of the country. Emmen’s wide-ranging local economy offers plenty of opportunities for internships and excellent prospects for graduates of economics, technical studies and other study programmes.

Exellent Facilities and Services

 University focus on providing particular support for international students. You will be assigned a personal coach on you first day who will guide you throughout the duration of your study programme.


Stenden offers many services to its students:

› International student suppor

› House for international students

› Stenden Student Lounge

› University canteens

› Grand cafe

› Hairdresser

› Randstad job agency


› Computing, library and media services

› Conference centre

› Meeting centre and chapel

Stenden bachelor and master programmes

Stenden University of Applied Sciences offers students a wide and diverse variety of international certificate, bachelor and master programmes and specialisations.

Programme (duration, location)


Applied Business Administration (4 years, Leeuwarden)

International Business and Languages (4 years, Emmen)

International Business and Management Studies (4 years, Leeuwarden)

Media and Entertainment Management (4 years, Leeuwarden)

International Hotel Management (4 years, Leeuwarden)

International Information and Communication Management (4 years, Emmen)

International Logistics Management (4 years, Emmen)

International Tourism Management (4 years, Leeuwarden)

Leisure Management (4 years, Leeuwarden)

Small Business and Retail management (2 years, Leeuwarden)


International Leisure and Tourism Studies (1 year, Leeuwarden)

International Service Management (1 year, Leeuwarden)

International Events Management (1 year, Leeuwarden, London UK)


English Language Course (18 weeks, Leeuwarden, Emmen)

English Language Course (36 weeks, Leeuwarden, Emmen)



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