Stenden University Of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
Studying in Emmen or Leeuwarden, both very nice typical "cyclist" towns in the Netherlands, not too big and not too small. There is a wide range of leisure activities and plenty to do; museums, sports and parties. The two cities are very international and you get used to English because of the many students. The places are the perfect place to meet many young, nice people in a relaxed and quiet atmosphere in an international community and to have a successful and beautiful semester abroad.
Winter Semester: Start in September
Summer Semester: Start in February
Language of education:
The rating system at Stenden University ranges from 1.0 to 10.0, with 5.5 being the lowest grade with which you can pass.
The composition of your final grade depends on the courses you choose.
Stenden University offers various Bachelor programmes.
International Hospitality Management
International Business & Management Studies
International Business & Languages
ERASMUS Network of Stenden Students
There is a very active initiative offering assistance to visiting students in all areas. There are groups such as the Foreign Relations Committee (Frec), or the Erasmus Student Team (EST). This starts with academic questions, but also tips on living etc. The network also organises excursions and much more.
Tips for teaching
At Stenden University, interactive teaching and practice is a top priority! There will also be group work almost daily. Very good English is a prerequisite for a successful stay.
Deadlines for submitting application documents to the International Office:
31/01 for the winter semester
31/05 for the summer semester
Please note that the deadlines vary between partner universities - it may take a while before you hear from the partner university.
Based on your grades, your letter of motivation and your language skills, the International Office will decide on your nomination at our partner university.
We have an ERASMUS partnership with Stenden and one exchange place per semester. You can apply for this place.
The ERASMUS applicaiton procedure consists of two steps:
Step 1: Application to the EBC University
You apply to us for a place at university and for the ERASMUS scholarship. Please register at the International Office and hand in the following documents:
- Letter of motivation in English (one page maximum); include up to two alternative ERASMUS partners in the last paragraph of your cover letter, in which you would be interested if we had to cancel your first request.
- Performance record of the EBC University (via the virtual campus)
The best applications will be selected from all applicants of the EBC University, it counts academic achievements, language skills and the quality of your motivation letter, in which you show that you have dealt with your desired university.
We will inform the successful students by email and ask them to explicitly accept their place. If you accept the place, we will nominate you at the partner university and only then will you apply with the regular application documents for the university, see step 2.
If you have received a rejection, you will automatically be placed in the procedure for moving up to the alternative universities of your choice or we will endeavour to offer you an alternative. We will then send you an offer by email. Once you have accepted the offer, we will nominate you with the partner and only then will you apply to this university with the appropriate documents (see step 2 below).
Step 2: Application to Stenden University
After the EBC University has nominated you at Stenden, you will receive a message from Stenden University with the link to the online application.
The host university also reserves the right to decide on your admission.
You will receive further information about your matriculation after your admission from Stenden University or on site.
(Status: 26.04.2018, VvH)
We have an ERASMUS partnership with this university. You can apply for an ERASMUS place (Attention - the number of ERASMUS places is limited).
For the participation in the ERASMUS programme an administration fee of 750,-€ is due. In this case, no further tuition fees will be charged at the ERASMUS university in which the student is enrolled.
Students who receive an ERASMUS grant can combine it with AuslandsBAföG.
50606 Cologne (central postal address)
Phone: 0221 / 147 - 4990
Fax: 0221 / 147 - 4950
Cost of living
The cost of living in the Netherlands is not too high. In Leeuwarden and Emmen you can expect about 350 € - 650 € per month for rent and food. In addition there are expenses for leisure time etc.
Along with your application, you submit a Learning Agreement (LA) on which you enter courses or modules amounting to at least 20 ECTS credits that you would like to take. In Europe, the number and credit value of the courses varies, so make sure you get precise information. The International Office and the Dean's Office will confirm your selection and ask for corrections if necessary. The LA is the basis for the recognition of courses at the EBC University and is therefore binding.
Transcript of Records
Your Transcript of Records, the semester abroad, proves that you have successfully completed the course. The average of your achievements is converted according to the modified Bavarian formula. 20 ECTS are hereby recognised and are included in the overall grade of your studies.
The following information is subject to change, as visa requirements may change. Before applying for a visa, be sure to visit the website of the Dutch Embassy and find out about the exact and current conditions!
Citizens of EU member states do not need a visa to enter the Netherlands. All other countries must apply for a visa before departure in order to enter the Netherlands. You can apply for a visa at the Dutch embassy or consulate in your home country.
We recommend that you apply early, as experience has shown that the processing time can be quite long and documents with translations may be required.
As in other student cities, it is important to start looking for a room/apartment at an early stage in order to find something suitable at a good price. Even if rent prices are comparatively higher on average, you should be able to find a flat share room for €250 to €350 per month if you search well in advance.
StudentStay is a housing agency especially for students and works closely with Stenden. StudentStay offers furnished and unfurnished rooms in all study locations of the Stenden in different price categories. StudentStay is especially aimed at non-EU students, but European students can also rent a room from StudentStay if available.
For some time now, more and more student rooms have been arranged in various Facebook groups and new flatmates have been searched for, e.g. Leeuwarden Housing Market or Students' Garage Sale Emmen. Here you will often find the most current offers and will usually avoid additional broker fees and possibly higher deposit amounts. It is definitely worth taking a look around!
As in Germany, there are now various online platforms that place housing options from various providers on the net. With some it is possible to register itself free of charge, with others a unique or monthly fee becomes due.
Real estate agents
Another possibility is to contact a real estate agent and find a suitable room or apartment through him. Although students are not always among the main customers, as there are usually commissions, there are a few who you can look around as an alternative:
Registration with the municipality
Once you have found something suitable, it is important that you register with the municipality within 5 days. You will need the following documents:
- A valid identity card
- A copy of the rental agreement
- International birth certificate
Change address to Studielink
In addition, you should remember to change your address at Studielink after moving to the Netherlands so that the sender has the correct address. Otherwise, important letters may not arrive.
You must have valid health insurance. If you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), you are also insured in the Netherlands. However, to be on the safe side, ask your health insurance company for details.
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