WINDESHEIM UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES
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With well over 25.000 full-time and part-time students and more than two thousand staff at our college sites in the cities of Zwolle and Almere, Windesheim is one of the largest Universities of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. We are a broad-based institute which offers a wide range of accredited Bachelor's and Master degree courses. Two of our Bachelor programs are offered in English: “Global Project and Change Management”, a unique study only offered by us in the Netherlands and “International Business”, votes as one of the best studies of this kind in the Netherlands.
Windesheim is one of the Netherlands' top Universities of Applied Sciences, known for its personal approach and for working closely with the business community and public institutes.
With well over 25.000 full-time and part-time students and more than two thousand staff at sites in the cities of Zwolle and Almere, Windesheim is one of the largest Universities of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. We are a broad-based institute with a Christian foundation, which offers a wide range of accredited Bachelor's and Master degree courses.
“Elsevier” rankings, places Windesheim in the top three of best Dutch Universities of Applied Sciences. Students value the quality of the education we provide, the expertise of our teaching staff and our personal approach.
We pursue an innovative and entrepreneurial approach. We have many close ties with the business community and public institutes. We were the first university of applied sciences to become a member of the Business Hanse: an international network which represents traditional values in modern business life.
Windesheim is based on an attractive modern campus, close to the Zwolle city centre and the railway station. The extensive on-site facilities include lecture theatres, seminar rooms and digital language labs. There are excellent computer rooms, a brand new multimedia library and a copy shop. The campus has several cafeterias and bars too.
Zwolle, the capital of the region of Overijssel, with around 120.000 inhabitants, is a true tourist treat. The town has a beautiful medieval centre, with lots of well preserved and archeologically interesting buildings. The historic facades, city walls and towers, the 600-year-old Sassenpoort gate and star-shaped city moat, flanked by monumental merchant’s homes and trees, still characterize this city today and its beautiful alleys and impressive fortifications beg to be explored.
When you are far away from home, you might need a little help to make you feel at home in the Netherlands. Of course, we would gladly help you get settled into your new life ! If you get a bit homesick, don't worry: Windesheim makes academic, psychological and spiritual support and guidance available to all its students.
You can visit our International Student office for assistance and information and of course our Dutch students are willing to guide you through what's needed, to start your new student life in the Netherlands.
One of our strengths is a personal approach. Students work in small groups and our lecturers are coaches as well. They challenge our students to develop into confident professionals.
Students of our Global Project and Change Management course are required for the first year of the programme to live in the Windesheim student residence, “The Hive”, located in Zwolle.
Windesheim offers assistance in finding accommodation to students of our International Business Course. You should expect to pay roughly €300 to €400 a month in rent, per person. Prices depend on the room size, type of room (single or double) and facilities.
The Dutch ministry expects the following monthly costs for 2018: € 870.46 living costs (including accommodation)
Zwolle truly is a student city, with tens of thousands of students living in the city. Student life in Zwolle is focused in and around the beautiful medieval city centre, which is packed with attractive cafés and restaurants. That's where you'll find the student café “Het Vliegende Paard” (The Flying Horse). Drinks and meals there are all at student prices! Zwolle has lots of cultural activities too, including music and cultural festivals, theatre shows, movies and an annual Rhythm & Blues Night. There are student clubs and societies for everything from rowing, to getting together with other international students.
Most departments at Windesheim also have their own student societies, which organize activities such as lectures, theatre outings and club evenings.
Windesheim offers excellent recreational facilities. There is a sports building with gyms, fitness rooms, a heated swimming pool, indoor football halls and a climbing wall. All Windesheim students are entitled to use the sports facilities on campus.
It is not obligatory, but studying outside of the Netherlands for a while during your study time at Windesheim, gives you an opportunity to broaden your horizons. You live in an international environment, meet people with different cultural backgrounds and accumulate knowledge. In addition, you will considerably enhance your command of modern foreign languages.
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.