SAXION UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES
Cities Enschede, Apeldoorn, Deventer
Public Institution type
Saxion University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest institutions of higher education in the Netherlands, with close to 27,000 students (and still growing!). Saxion has a rich history – its roots can be traced back to the 1875. Today Saxion University is recognized as an important centre of expertise at regional, national and international level. Its international student population tops 3,500 students, with a total of 89 different nationalities. Saxion offers 11 English language bachelor studies and 5 English language master studies.
Saxion University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest institutions of higher education in the Netherlands, with close to 27,000 students (and still growing!). Saxion University has a rich history – its roots can be traced back to the 1875. 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 recognized as an important centre of expertise at regional, national and international level.
We are very proud of our diverse student body. Our international student population tops 3,500 students, with a total of 89 different nationalities. Many of Saxion's full-time educational courses are already conducted in English, with more being added each year. Our ‘international classrooms’ are made up of a mix of students from all over the world. In this way we provide you with a truly multi-cultural experience in which you can compare experiences with and learn from fellow students of different backgrounds and nationalities.
Saxion University of Applied Sciences has three campuses in the East of the Netherlands - one 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 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.
Education at Saxion University of Applied Sciences is very student-focused and we offer you support not only from an academic point of view, but also in terms of your personal development. While studying at Saxion, you will have the opportunity to gain both the knowledge and the skills you require to continue on your chosen career path.
Coming to the Netherlands from abroad can of course be a big step for many international students. Arriving from Greece or Cyprus, we aim to make the transition for you as smooth as possible and we have therefore established a network of host families (“Friends of Saxion International Students”), who are on hand to help you settle into life in the Netherlands. We also have a ‘Buddy’ programme, whereby current senior students can help guide you through your initial period of studying at Saxion. Our specialized international office is also at your service for information and assistance, for procedures concerning your stay and study in the Netherlands etc.
We encourage European students to find their own accommodation.
However, we do offer the possibility to reserve a room in one of our international student houses. In all three cities (Enschede, Deventer & Apeldoorn) we have contracts with the local student housing associations. They provide Saxion with accommodation with rooms, which may vary in size. The rooms are all single rooms and furnished with basic facilities like bed, desk, chair and cupboard. All accommodations have an internet connection. The bathroom, toilet and kitchen need to be shared with other international Saxion students, max. 6 students share common facilities.
You can apply for a room as soon as you have been admitted, or conditionally admitted. The deadline for applying for Saxion accommodation is 1 May 2018. After this date, it is no longer possible to reserve a room and you will be put on a waiting list.
The total rental fee per year is: € 5,000 (11.5 months). You are allowed to pay your rental fee in installments.
At Saxion we have a number of Student unions. These student unions are a great addition to your student life.
Enschede is a university city, therefore most of its local attractions are specially designed to satisfy young people’s tastes. You can visit modern museums, check out an amusement park and relax in an abundance of pubs and bars.
Deventer is a small cozy old city, with a lot of public events taking place through the year. Because of its compact size, you will feel at home here very soon. The city does not has a vibrant student nightlife scene, but there are some great places to eat in Deventer and the city also has a student café, where you can let your hair down and party until the small hours. It is a pretty new city, although it has a long history going back to the 700’s as a small village.
Apeldoorn is located in an area called the Veluwe, a large nature reserve in the province of Gelderland. Few cities in the Netherlands can match Apeldoorn in terms of quality of living. Apeldoorn offers great student life and is home to a wide range of museums, the summer palace of the Dutch Royal family and “Apenheul”, a world-famous zoo, that is home to several monkey and ape communities. You are a guest between monkeys, which walk around freely in this spacious, green habitat. If you enjoy the outdoors and cultural venues, Apeldoorn is your city.
Studying abroad for a while gives you an opportunity to broaden your horizons. You live in an international environment, meet people with different cultural backgrounds and accumulate knowledge.
All students perform several work placements. These internships provide you with on-the-job-experience and allow you to learn as you work at a company that matches your interests and ambitions.
Your placement can be at an international company in the Netherlands, or abroad.
Official statistics show that for the year 2015, 80 % of the Bachelors graduates of a Dutch University of Applied Sciences, found a suitable job in their specific field and level, within 3 months of obtaining their diploma.
These indicators are considerably lower for graduates from a Dutch Research University. The reason for this is that the education system of the Universities of Applied Science is more practical and directly related to a certain profession, whereas the education philosophy of the Research Universities is more general and scientifically orientated.
With the Dutch economy recovering and growing at a fast pace in 2017, these indicators for the Universities of Applied Sciences are expected to have improved significantly in 2018. In fact, for some fields of study, students are at the moment already offered suitable jobs before graduating.