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27000
Students enrolled in this school.
11
Bachelor's programs offered entirely in English.
7
Master's programs offered entirely in English.

Why should I study here?

A merger of two educational institutions, the Hogeschool Enschede and Hogeschool IJselland, in 1998 paved the way for Saxion University in its present form. This merger enabled Saxion to build further on its strong position in Dutch higher education, and since then, Saxion University has come to be recognised as an important centre of expertise at regional, national and international level.

What are the admissions criteria?

Students must have a high school education, which is equivalent to the Dutch "HAVO".  For most countries (including the US), this is a regular high school diploma. Any three-year programs that require VWO equivalence (IB diploma, 4 AP scores of 3+, A levels, and 1 year of college). Country-specific requirements for the levels can be found here.

What is student life like?

Saxion University of Applied Sciences has three campuses in the East of the Netherlands one campus in each of the three Dutch cities of Deventer, Enschede, and Apeldoorn. Thanks to the important contribution of agriculture to the local economy, this region is renowned for its beautiful countryside and fairly relaxed pace of life. However, all four Saxion locations have good public transport facilities, meaning that the hustle and bustle of the major cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, and The Hague is no more than 1½ hours away. Saxion has a number of student associations. They aim to make your stay at the university as attractive as possible. Student associations emphasize fun and extra-curricular activities. Associations are not linked to particular courses. You can find more detailed information about the student associations on their websites and Facebook pages.

Scholarships & Funding

Non-EU students can apply for the 5000 euro merit-based Holland Scholarship.

Housing options.

Saxion does arrange housing for first-year non-EU students.

Dining information

Additional notes.

The Universities of Applied Sciences are quite reputable in the Netherlands and provide a way for students without the IB/AP requirements held by the universities to study in this very cool country.  That said, students should be aware of extra requirements that may be necessary when applying for graduate school. Read more here.

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