City of Amsterdam
WITTENBORG UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES
Cities Apeldoorn, Amsterdam
Private Institution Type
Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences is a private, non state subsidized, fully accredited Dutch University of Applied Sciences. Wittenborg was established in 1987 and has campuses in Apeldoorn, Amsterdam and Vienna (Austria). It is one of the fastest growing independent international Universities of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, with around 600 students from more than 80 different countries studying at its Bachelor and Master programmes in two departments: the School of Business and the School of Hospitality & Tourism. Wittenborg’s unique “Top Up” choice, offers the opportunity for direct entry to the final year of a number of Bachelor studies, to students with a successful study experience equivalent to 160 European Credits, in a field related to their chosen study at Wittenborg.
Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences is a private, non government subsidized, fully accredited Dutch University of Applied Sciences. Wittenborg was established in 1987 and has campuses in Apeldoorn, Amsterdam and Vienna (Austria). It is one of the fastest growing independent international Universities of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, with around 600 students from more than 80 different countries studying at its Bachelor and Master programmes in two departments: the School of Business and the School of Hospitality & Tourism. Wittenborg’s unique “Top Up” choice, offers the opportunity for direct entry to the final year of a number of Bachelor studies, to students with a successful study experience equivalent to 160 European Credits, in a related field to their chosen study at Wittenborg. In its 10-year plan, presented in 2013, Wittenborg is aiming at growing to a broad university with totally 5 schools. The new schools that are under the development are: School of Art & Technology, School of Health & Social Care and School of Education.
Wittenborg is a private, non government subsidized, fully accredited Dutch University of Applied Sciences. This incorporates that our tuition fees are higher, than those of the Dutch Public Universities of Applied Sciences, which are financially supported by the Dutch government.
A Greek bachelor student can however always get a low interest loan from the Dutch government for paying the total sum of Wittenborg’s University tuition fee (the so called “Instellingscollegegeld krediet”). This is not dependent on the student’s parent’s/family income in Greece, or whether or not you are economically active in Holland.
Wittenborg offers Triple European accredited degree programmes, recognized and accredited not only by the Dutch ministry of education, culture and science, but also by IBAA (German, Swiss & Austrian) and the University of Brighton (UK).
Our status as an independent University allows us to be small scale, support a personal approach to students, be flexible and offer education of the highest possible quality.
The size of Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences enables an atmosphere where students feel part of a team, in a personal environment. The ratio of staff to students is 11/1. There are a maximum of 30 students in a lecture; Workshops consist of 10-20 students; in project week students work in teams of 4.
Wittenborg’s yearly programming is flexible, but businesslike. One academic year of Wittenborg consists of 40 academic weeks, namely six 6-weekblocks and two 2-week retake exam periods. Most of the Bachelor IBA modules are taught in blocks of six weeks, with full module examinations taking place in the sixth week, thus completing that part of the programme.
An advantage of the independent block system used at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, is that it allows students to enter the programme at six times during the year and possible graduate six times every year too, which saves students’ valuable time and money.
This unique in Netherlands business-like curriculum, has the following six entry dates during the academic year 2018/2019: August 2018, October 2018, December 2018, February 2019, April 2019 and May 2019.
Wittenborg got excellent marks from its students in the 2017 National Student Survey (NSE) - particularly for the international focus of its programmes. The NSE is one of the most important feedback tools for Dutch Universities to help them improve their academic quality. Students scored Wittenborg’s general study programme a whopping 8.08 on a scale of 10 !
We use a tutoring system by which each student has a personal contact with a teaching staff member, who will provide all advise and guidance during the student’s academic journey. Instead of a general careers advisory department, Wittenborg utilizes this personal connection built between tutor and student, to be able to offer personal and made-to-measure careers advice to students.
Wittenborg University’s education concept is based on the principle that a student should be highly employable after graduation, understanding the basic principles of operation and management within the industry field that they have studied for.
At Wittenborg, 95% of all our graduates find themselves suitable employment, or continue with a further degree within 3 months after graduation. Because Wittenborg students come from around the world, they often find work or further study in Master, or PhD programmes in countries around the world.
Apeldoorn is located in an area called the Veluwe, a beautiful large nature reserve in the province of Gelderland. The city is only about 60km from Amsterdam and you can get with the train from Apeldoorn, straight to Amsterdam in just over an hour. 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 the Apenheul, a world-famous zoo.
If you enjoy the outdoors and cultural venues, Apeldoorn is your city.
Our “Introduction Programme for New Students”, is meant to help students get started at Wittenborg University as easily as possible. The programme is spread out over two days, the week before your programme starts.
Our general Student Support service is organized through the Front Desk. Experienced staff is able to answer all general questions, regarding the university and living in the Netherlands. Staff at the front deck also assist students in the submission and collection of documents, including all aspects of registration and housing in Holland.
Our student representatives board, meets with the Management of Wittenborg 6 times a year during Project Weeks. We strive to have a student representative from each year of each school. We consider student reps an important aspect of the running of our University, because it ensures the student’s voice to be heard and guarantees constant quality checks of our study programs.
All Wittenborg students are assigned their personal educational tutor, who supervises their study programme, in liaison with university administration.
Finding accommodation as a student is always an exciting but sometimes-daunting task! Wittenborg assists its foreign students in finding suitable accommodation, either managed by the University, or by others, in the place you are studying.
As a EU student, you encouraged to find their own accommodation, you can however opt for living at Wittenborg’s own accommodation, if available.
Wittenborg offers accommodation in a number of different places, all close to the University: A. Shared apartments: 3-5 students share an apartment or house. B. Campus accommodation: students have their own room within a campus complex, and share kitchen and bathroom facilities.
Currently, students may stay a maximum of one calendar year at any of the accommodation(s) provided by Wittenborg itself, to assure rooms are made available for newly arriving students. Wittenborg is working hard to increase its own campus accommodation!
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 Zoo, a world-famous zoo that is home to several monkey and ape communities. You are a guest between monkeys, that walk around freely in this spacious, green habitat. If you enjoy the outdoors and cultural venues, Apeldoorn is your city.
Tired of studying or working and feel like you need to unwind and relax with a nice drink and some great food? Most of your fellow students decide to do this at Willy’s. This cafe in the centre of Apeldoorn, offers great music and friendly staff to ensure you feel welcome there.
Every year several outdoor festivals take place on the market square in the city centre. Dancetour and Summerloverz are the two biggest and well-known festivals. Summerloverz usually takes place in July. The King Town Jazz & Soul is the newest of festivals in the Apeldoorn area. Every year during the last weekend of May a variety of bands plays live music on several stages in the city center. Jazz in the Woods is free, and therefore nearly 60.000 people attend this event. In the past, the bands which have played at King Town Jazz & Soul were Jazz bands, but nowadays you can also hear pop, blues, hip-hop, reggae, big band and other music styles. The event lasts for around 3 days.
Wittenborg is pleased to offer all students the opportunity to carry out work placements in companies as trainee consultants. Work experience can start as soon as studies begin and will be paid on average 300 euro per month, sometimes even quite a lot more. Staff at Wittenborg arrange all work placements through our network of associates and contacts. The External Relations Office aims to carefully match the placement, with a student’s specific requirements and their chosen speciality.
Wittenborg also cooperates with partner universities abroad, where students can complete their final year of studies and obtain a double degree, join a postgraduate programme, or do a work placement programme and follow final year seminars.
Official statistics show that in general 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. Often graduates are employed by their internship companies. This does not only apply to Dutch students; international students can also stay in the Netherlands to work after graduation. In fact, for some fields of study, students are at the moment already offered suitable jobs before graduating.