NHL Stenden


Exchange to NHL Stenden

Are you hoping to immerse yourself in a truly intercultural study environment? Are you looking for English-taught and high-quality education? Would you prefer to study in a relaxed and friendly student town? Then one of the NHL Stenden campuses in the Netherlands is an excellent choice for you. We offer a wide variety of programmes for exchange students.

  • Practical education with strong links with the professional field.
  • Improve your employment prospects.
  • Experience a different way of learning through Design Based Education.
  • Meet like-minded students from all over the world.

Interested? Ask your home university to send your nomination for an exchange period to exchange@nhlstenden.com.


The offering below is available for students of the current Stenden partners


In Leeuwarden, you can choose courses in the field of International Hospitality Management, Leisure & Events Management, Tourism Management, Retail Business School, International HRM, and Creative Business, Media Management. See the complete course list for Exchange students at Stenden Leeuwarden.


In Emmen, you can choose courses in the field of International Business. See the complete course list Exchange students at Stenden Emmen.


At the Academy of Primary Education In Meppel, you can attend our unique 30 EC minors especially for Teacher Training students in the field of Education. See the complete course list for Exchange students at Stenden Meppel.

If you are interested in an NHL Stenden exchange programme, please ask the coordinator of your university to submit a request to NHL Stenden. You will then receive an email from us with a link to the application form.

Application procedure

  1. Ask your home university to send your nomination for an exchange period to exchange@nhlstenden.com.
  2. The application deadlines: 15 May 2018 for Fall semester 2018, 15 October for Spring semester 2018
  3. You will be provided with a link for online application.
  4. In the online application, choose which campus you want to study at (Leeuwarden, Emmen or Meppel).
  5. When accepted, you will receive a confirmation by mail.​

NHL Stenden has agreements with universities all over the world. The agreements are listed per institute. If your university is mentioned on the list you can apply for an Erasmus exchange. Check if your university is on one of the lists below.

Stenden partners

NHL partners


”My time at NHL Stenden has been a life-changing experience! I am more confident working in a group.”

Dimitris Gioumouk (Greece)

Your studies

The topics below cover practical information about your time studying at NHL Stenden in the Netherlands. 

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). 

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 are also assigned academic credits, but only if they form an integral part of the study program. 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 program 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 exchange@nhlstenden.com

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

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. 

Academic Calendar

Arrival date Fall Semester  27 August 2018
Introduction week Fall Semester 27 August – 31 August 2018
Start Fall Semester 3 September 2018
Fall Break 22 - 26 October 2018
Application deadline Spring semester 15 October 2018
Christmas Break 24 December 2018 - 5 January 2019
End of Fall Semester 1 February 2019
Arrival date Spring Semester 4 February 2019
Introduction week Spring Semester 4 – 8 February 2019
Start Spring Semester    4 February 2019
Spring Break 18 February – 22 February 2019
Easter Break 19 April – 22 April 2019
May Break 29 April – 3 May 2019
Application deadline Fall semester 15 May 2019
Ascension Day Break 30 - 31 May 2019
Whitsunday        10 June 2019
End of Spring Semester                12 July 2019

Additional information

Have you finished your registration and are you going to study at NHL Stenden? There are a few more things that need your attention. To see what they are, read on below. If you need assistance with your preparations, the Central Student Administration will help you. You may contact them at csa@nhlstenden.com

Immigration procedures for non-EU students

Do you want to study in the Netherlands for more than three months? And are you not a resident of the EU/EEA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Monaco, Switzerland or USA? You need a visa and a residence permit.

Do you intend to stay in the Netherlands as an exchange student for more than three months? And are you a resident of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Monaco, Switzerland or USA? You need a residence permit without visa.

NHL Stenden arranges visa and/or residence permit applications for you. You may not do this yourself. The Central Student Administration will send you all the necessary information and will help you with the procedures.

If you have any questions, you can also send an email to exchange@nhlstenden.com.

Formalities for EU/EEA students

EU/EEA and Swiss students do not need a visa or residence permit. All you need is a valid passport or a valid national identity card, health insurance and enough money. If you are staying for more than 3 months you will need to register yourself as an inhabitant of the municipality where you are staying. 

Dutch laws require everyone living in the Netherlands to be covered by health insurance. The coverage should include unlimited health care, including long-term illness, psychiatric hospital, dental care and should run from your arrival up to and including your departure date.

If you are a student from an EU/EEA country you need to check with your insurance company at home to verify that you will be covered in the Netherlands for all medical costs without any limitation. Make sure you have proof of this coverage. You may be able to get a European Health Insurance Card from your own national insurance, which you can use in the Netherlands.

Usually, the European Health Card will be sufficient for students from EU/EEA countries. However, anyone who wants to work while studying or take a paid internship will need to arrange insurance in the Netherlands. So will students from non-EU countries. For more information, please visit the website of Study in Holland.

Liability and other insurances

In addition to coverage for medical expenses, we advise you to insure yourself from liability (= third-party insurance), legal assistance, possessions and luggage, as well as emergency assistance and repatriation. We can give you advice about insurance packages in the Netherlands.

Insurance for non-EU students

If you are a non-EU student the NHL Stenden will arrange a visa and/or a residence permit for you, including a special student insurance package which covers medical expenses, extraordinary costs, legal aid, accidents, liability, baggage cover and household goods. The insurance complies with the regulations for visa applications in the Netherlands. During the visa procedure, you will receive detailed information about the insurance arrangement. The cost are around € 40 Euros a month.


Please be aware, the NHL Stenden does not accept any responsibility for damages claimed or medical costs incurred by students.

If you want to find out even more about studying in the Netherlands, you may find any of the following links to be useful:

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Cost of living

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Contact information

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International Affairs

Internationalisation Policy 2019-2024

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