Your studies

Studying at NHL Stenden offers you the opportunity to follow interesting courses and experience what it is like to put your knowledge into practice. The academic calendar might differ from yours, as well as the different grading systems and other academic-related issues.

Grading system
The Dutch grading system is on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest mark. A minimum score of 5.5 on average is needed to successfully complete a course.

On successful completion of a course, credits will be awarded in accordance with the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Digital transcript of records
After successfully completing the courses of an exchange programme, students can download their digital transcript of records (PDF) from the student administration system (Progress). This system will be open for students until 2 months after their exchange semester.

NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences uses the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). The ECTS system was developed by the European Commission to guarantee recognition of credits gained abroad. ECTS credits describe the student workload required to complete a course unit. 60 ECTS represent the workload of a year of full-time study, 30 ECTS credits that of a semester, 1 credit = 28 hours.

It is up to the participating institutions to assign credits to the different courses relative to their workload. Internships (work placements) and electives (minor subjects) are also assigned academic credits, but only if they form an integral part of the study programme. Non-credit courses may, however, be included on a student’s transcript. Credits are awarded only if a course has been completed and all requirements have been met and examinations passed.

Students that take part in an exchange programme will receive full credits for all academic work successfully completed at any of the ECTS partner institutions. These credits may be transferred from one participating institution to another as long as there has been a prior agreement between the institutions involved. NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences is involved in student exchange with numerous partner institutions.

The infrastructure of NHL Stenden is equipped to welcome disabled students and staff. For more information contact

The type of education you receive is dependant on the programme you choose. Find out more about our educational concepts .

Academic calendar

What can you expect during the academic year, you will find an overview in the academic calendar.

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Language of instruction

To make your studies at NHL Stenden successful, a good level of English is required, comparable with a minimum of a level B2, described in the CEFR scales by the Council of Europe (Common European Framework) or IELTS band 6.0. You may use the Self Assessment Grid to check your level. 


Our exchange programmes are offered on 4 different locations, Emmen, Meppel, Leeuwarden and Terschelling.

About our locations