Hanze University of Applied Sciences

Why choose Hanze University? 

Hanze University of Applied Sciences is the largest university of applied sciences in the north of Holland. It is a top 25 global university for applied research and spin-offs (U-Multitrack 2016) and staff are committed to helping you prepare for career success. 

Practical and career-focused teaching

The teaching at Hanze has an emphasis on practical experience, career-focused assignments and real-life case studies. Lecturers bring their own experience of working in international business and the University has a network of international partners. This hands-on approach prepares you for a career and gives you practical skills that will impress future employers.

Work placement opportunities in Holland 

Work placements are included in all courses at the International Business School. These are often paid and the placement co-ordinator can help you to find a suitable company in Holland or abroad. Past students have worked with leading multinationals like VW, Skoda, SEAT and Adidas. For some students, this leads to graduate careers and research project opportunities. As international graduates are welcome to stay and work in Holland after their degree, many students are offered jobs with their work placement company.

Your pathway to Hanze

You can progress to Hanze after successfully completing your programme at the International Study Centre. Once you successfully complete your programme and achieve the required academic grades, you can progress to your degree at Hanze.

Progression degrees
International Study Centre programme  Degree  Award  Overall grade  English grade 
UAS International Foundation Year in Business and Management   International Business and Management Studies  BBA  55% (min 55% in each component worth 40%)  60% 

Student life

Student life is enriched with organisations, clubs and extra-curricular activities. Arts events take place at the ‘Usva’ Cultural Student Centre, and sports are provided at ‘ACLO’ – the largest student sports facility in Holland.

International students live in the centrally located The Student Hotel or in private accommodation. Find out more about what it's like living in Holland

Most university buildings are located 15 minutes’ cycle from the city centre.

Facilities include:

Library  Study areas 
Supermarket  Cafés 
Canteen  Sports facilities 

The University is located in Groningen, north Holland. It is one of Holland’s best student cities with students making up 25% of the population. Groningen has great nightlife, a historic Old Town and stunning modern buildings like the Groningen Museum. Cycling is very popular, especially in the traffic-free centre.

Things to do in Groningen
  • Groninger Museum – Architecturally striking and home to international artwork and exhibitions.
  • Eurosonic Noorderslag – A festival celebrating new music across Europe every year.
  • Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival Groningen – This annual event attracts 135,000 visitors every summer.
  • Lauwersmeer National Park – Perfect for a day trip and a beautiful location for walking and cycling, as well as canoeing, boating and water sports. 
Travelling around

Groningen is a compact city and easy to travel around by foot, bicycle or public transport. In Groningen, 57% of all journeys are made by bicycle; it’s safe and easy as the centre is completely car-free. 

  • Groningen Airport Eelde - This small airport serves European destinations including Poland, Denmark, Portugal, England and Greece.
  • Amsterdam Airport Schiphol – the largest international airport in Holland is around two hours Groningen by train.

Hanze location

Global top 25

For Applied Research and Spin-offs (U-Multirank 2016)

Student story

Jessica from China studied at Hanze University of Applied Sciences

I did my placement in Groningen for an online sports retailer. This was a good opportunity for me to gain practical experience. We have studied in Hanze and learnt a lot of theory, so this was a good chance to apply it in real cases.

Jessica from China
Studying International Business at Hanze University of Applied Sciences

Put theory into practice at Hanze