NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences

Stenden University of Applied Sciences and NHL University of Applied Sciences are joining forces! We’re merging and continuing as a single institution: NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences.

NHL and Stenden are merging to become an all-new university of applied sciences, following the approval of our merger plans by the Minister for Education, Culture and Science. This means that the new university of applied sciences will become operational in 2018. We will be a fully integrated foundation from 1st January 2018, and the first students will start attending classes at our new college in September 2018.

Are you looking for the right course for you? You’ll soon be able to find all the information you’re looking for about all the programmes offered by NHL Stenden; until then, you can continue using the current NHL and Stenden websites to find any information you need.

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NHL Stenden. Groundbreaking.

If you expand your boundaries, there’s no telling what you might accomplish. That’s why we challenge our students, staff and partners every day to discover and develop their talents. It’s a journey that transcends the limits of your own professional field and, environment.

Our 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. Students, lecturers and researchers work together in small teams on real-life assignments and share their innovative ideas in practice. Our courses incorporate all the latest trends and developments in the relevant sectors and industries, both at a national as well as an international level.

The future calls for enterprising and resourceful professionals who know how to translate their knowledge into innovative solutions and who have the vision and courage needed to look beyond their own professional field.

That’s the strength of NHL Stenden: in a rapidly changing world, our people make the impossible possible.


Gain valuable experience at our university of applied sciences and beyond.

Practical focus

Develop innovative solutions to practical issues directly from the field.


Study abroad or do an international internship: this is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience.

Our campuses

NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences maintains the following campuses in the Netherlands and abroad: Leeuwarden (main campus), Terschelling, Groningen, Emmen, Meppel and Assen (Dutch campuses) and Doha, Qatar; Bangkok, Thailand; Port Alfred, South Africa; and Bali, Indonesia (international campuses).