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Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen

Hanze University of Applied Sciences is a large, comprehensive university of applied sciences that has been educating skilled and committed professionals for over two centuries. Hanze graduates enrich those they come into contact with, both individuals and society at large. They share their talents and move the world. 

Top reasons to study here

  • We have a wide variety of international Bachelor's and Master's programmes, Certificate and Exchange courses, the Hanze Summer School and a Preparatory course.
  • All students do a work placement, as well as a graduation internship. As a result, you will have relevant work experience on your CV upon graduation.
  • Entrepreneurship is a focus area of Hanze UAS. This means that you will be taught and encouraged to start your own business during your studies.

Short Courses

Medicine & Health (3)
Humanities (1)



In 1798 six leading citizens of Groningen founded the Academy for Draughtsmanship, Architecture and Seamanship, which became known as Academy Minerva thirty years later. In the end, this became Hanze UAS Groningen. 


Applied research and innovation is highly integrated in our academic programmes. In addition to this Hanze UAS has various modern facilities on campus to offer its students. An overview of important information for international students can be found on our International Service Desk webpage. We hope to see you in Groningen soon.


The University has multiple research groups:

  • Centre of Expertise Energy
  • Centre of Expertise Healthy Aging
  • Marian van Os Centre for Entrepreneurship 
  • Research Centre Art & Society
  • Research Centre Biobased Economy
  • Research Centre for Built Environment NooderRuimte 


Student services

The International Student Team (ISTeam) will help you to get in contact with current international students who know from their own experience how exciting it is to study in a foreign country, which difficulties one may face, and what is important to know prior to arrival. 

Housing services

Finding a room in Groningen may prove hard if you start too late. So if you want to be sure you get a room that suits your wishes, we advise you to start as soon as possible. Our advice is to start at least 3 months before you come to Groningen.

International students can apply for furnished accommodation through SSH, an organisation that acts as an intermediary in finding temporary accommodation for international students. You can register at SSH as soon as you have received your (provisional) letter of acceptance.

Library services

Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen (Hanze UAS), has an ultra-modern Hanze Library with branches at all of its locations. Hanze Library's collections include: specialist literature, reference books, pamphlets, magazines and newspapers, audio and videotapes, software, information on CD-rom, placement reports and theses of the various areas of study.

ICT services

Hanze UAS has all the latest technology. You can connect to the free wireless internet on your laptop, telephone or tablet in any building, allowing you to work wherever you are. Studying at Hanze UAS is much easier if you have your own laptop, although there are also PCs in all the buildings. You can use any PC, regardless of where your programme is actually based.

Student Life

Campus life

Why not come and visit the campus and see Hanze UAS for yourself? Feel free to attend one of the Open Days (offered several times per year) or get in touch with our Hanze International Student Team and book your personal campus and city tour.

All the buildings of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences provide the modern, general facilities needed to learn in pleasant, friendly surroundings. The classrooms and lecture halls have been fitted with modern equipment, and there are also areas designated for working in groups or individual study. 

Sports facilities

Hanze UAS and the University of Groningen run a joint sports centre, with approximately 75 trainers and instructors and 20 staff members. The sports centre wants to help increase the mental and physical welfare of the students and employees of the institutions through sport. The sports centre provides ACLO with professional advice and facilitates the ACLO sports programme.


All individual degree programmes are subject to accreditation. New programmes have to be accredited before they are launched (initial accreditation). After a programme has been recognised, it has to undergo an accreditation procedure every six years (accreditation).