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Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences

Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences

Welcome to VHL University of Applied Sciences (VHL), the most sustainable University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands! We train high-quality, ambitious and innovative professionals who contribute to a more sustainable world. 

Top reasons to study here

  • VHL has been rated the most sustainable University of Applied Sciences!
  • As a University of Applied Sciences, we conduct high-quality practice-based research, which enhances both our teaching and our position as a research institute.
  • In the study programme, the personal learning styles of students are taken into account.

Short Courses

Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)



Do you want to contribute to a more sustainable world and work on your personal development? Study at VHL University of Applied Sciences (VHL), the most sustainable University of Applied Sciences in Holland! We offer a range of unique English-taught Bachelor, Master and Certificate programmes in fields in which Holland performs at the top. So whether you are interested in nutrition or international trade, are looking for a bachelor degree in the equine sports industry or want to work on the United Nations Sustainability Goals, we have the right programme for you!


VHL University of Applied Sciences (VHL) is a sustainable university of applied sciences that conducts high-quality applied research. This research carried out by professors, researchers, lecturers and students is always aimed at improving professional practice. The research generates applied, innovative solutions to issues from (international) business and society that contribute to a more sustainable world.

Thanks to this link between education, applied research and the labour market, research results can be incorporated into education and students are able to acquire competences that meet the demands of the labour market. 


Following a training programme at a university of applied science such as VHL University of Applied Sciences (VHL) is a lifetime experience for many young people. They establish friendships for life and in many cases the ties to the ‘school’ remain intact. Alumni (those who have graduated) are the ambassadors of any training institute. They represent the training programme they have completed and often give something back, for example by providing guest lectures or masterclasses.

The school, in turn, is happy to provide former students with this opportunity, as it contributes to awareness of the school and the reputation in the field.


Housing services

There are various solutions for housing during your study, depending on the location of your campus. Student accommodation in The Netherlands differs from many other countries: most universities do not offer housing on campus and most Dutch and International students find their own accommodation on the private market.

Many private housing agencies offer affordable student housing in the city centre of Leeuwarden. They offer a range of different furnished or unfurnished rooms, generally costing between €350 to over €500 a month.

Library services

The libraries are high-quality departments within Van Hall Larenstein. They are intensively used as places where users can meet, study, lounge and hold a meeting. The media collection is suited to the needs of the various study programmes at each campus location. 

Student Life

Campus life

Our location in Leeuwarden has everything you need. For example, it has an extensive library, several laboratories, technology halls, greenhouses on the roof, an animal shelter and a Grand Café to relax every now and then.

All students will receive a personal e-mail address with which they can log on to one of the many computers inside the building to check study results, schedule changes and other current affairs. Refreshments are available via Cormet Campus Catering.

Student clubs

Of course, you can organise your new life as a student all by yourself. But you can also choose to become a member of a student association and experience your student life in the best possible way. Both options are equally fine, but it is nice to be able to choose. And this is possible! There are several student associations active in Velp (Arnhem) and Leeuwarden. Some are especially for international students.

At VHL most study programmes also have their own student association. In addition, there is an international association in Velp, created for all students from the English-taught programmes to connect, share, network, exchange, collaborate and communicate.


All programmes of Van Hall Larenstein are accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (in Dutch: NVAO). Every six years each programme has to renew this inspection mark. In order to accomplish this, a visitation-panel will assess the programme and produce a visitation report. Every cluster of programmes is visited in a different year.

Velp, Gelderland, Netherlands

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