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Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences

Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences

Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences


Building your world

Study at Van Hall Larenstein, the most sustainable University of Applied Sciences in Holland. Choose your own path and follow a study program that offers you the skills to build a future-proof world for you and your environment.

We offer a range of unique English-taught study programs in fields in which Holland performs at the top. So whether you are interested in nutrition, are looking for a bachelor's in equine sports and business, or want to work on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, we have the right program for you!


Van Hall Larenstein has close connections to the international business world and NGOs. This allows you to apply the theory into practice: besides obtaining highly valued work experience during internships abroad, students go on excursions at companies where they work on real-life cases. We also invite professionals over to give guest lectures. We strongly believe that international experience is crucial in the development of our students as intercultural competencies are required in almost all career fields. Right from the start, you will develop a professional network of students and colleagues from all over the world.

The lines of communication in our university are short: our students work in small classes with personal attention from the lecturers. Our programs are designed to give you the opportunity to make your own choices. This will prepare you for a fascinating career in a professional field that really matters!

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Why VHL?

  • Small-scale University of Applied Sciences You will quickly feel at home here thanks to our personal guidance and you will meet many new, interesting people.
  • Learning by doing You will conduct research using modern facilities and enjoy collaborations with (international) experts in your field.
  • Study programs that make an impact With your specific knowledge and skills, you will have the tools to create a future-proof world. VHL graduates are in high demand for employers.
  • International internships are incorporated into each of our programs to obtain well-valued international work experience even before you graduate.

Campus Features

Van Hall Larenstein has 2 locations. In Velp, we are located on the Larenstein Estate: a modern building surrounded by luscious greenery. It only takes a few minutes by bike to get to the vibrant city center of Arnhem. The second location is in Leeuwarden, the European capital of culture in 2018. Leeuwarden has canals flowing through the city and it's closely located to the Dutch islands.

Both Leeuwarden and Arnhem are medium-sized student cities with loads of international students. Throughout the year there are festivals, markets, and concerts where you can hang out with your friends and meet the locals. Amsterdam, The Hague, Berlin, and Paris are only a short train journey away.

Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences has two campuses:

Leeuwarden (North)

The newly renovated campus building in Leeuwarden includes a large library, laboratories, technology halls, greenhouses on the roof and the Grand Café. At the heart of the Friesland region and located near the Dutch islands, Leeuwarden is a charming student city featuring many nightclubs, cafes, museums, and canals flowing through the city.

Velp (East)

The modern Velp campus building is situated at the beautiful Larenstein Estate, where it is surrounded by luscious greenery, and only a few minutes away from the vibrant city centre of Arnhem. Boasting a vibrant nightlife on the Korenmarkt, the Rijn river, and an array of student associations, Arnhem is a dynamic and multicultural city with many great initiatives.

Student accommodation in The Netherlands differs from many other countries: most higher education institutions (including Van Hall Larenstein) do not offer housing on campus and most Dutch and international students find their own accommodation on the private market. However, many private housing agencies, websites and Facebook groups offer affordable student housing (shared apartments, individual rooms or studios) in both Leeuwarden and Velp.

For more information on housing, check the institute's website!

    Scholarships and Funding

    Depending on the type of study program, you are eligible for a scholarship or grant. Some of these include:

    • Orange Knowledge Program (OKP)
    • Holland Scholarship
    • Oranjewoud Fund Grant
    • Sustainability Scholarship

    For more information on coverage and application, check out the institute's website!

    Why study at VHL University of Applied Sciences

    Do you want to contribute to a more sustainable world and work on your personal development? Study at Van Hall Larenstein, the most sustainable University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands! We offer a range of unique English-taught Bachelor, Master and Certificate programs in fields in which the Netherlands is at the top. So whether you are interested in nutrition or international trade, working with animals, or want to work on the United Nations Sustainability Goals, we have the right program for you!

    • Small-scale university of applied sciences with personal attention
    • Sustainable thinking and doing: Make a difference!
    • Practical lessons in experimental farms, gardens, and tech-labs
    • International internships incorporated within the programs
    • Professional orientation with guest lectures, excursions and real life cases
    • Unique study programs in fields in which the Netherlands is a frontrunner

    Awards & Accreditations

    Accredited Programmes

    Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO)

    Accredited Institute

    Hobéon - Sustainable Higher Education certification (AISHE)

    Campus Life & Facilities


    • Canteen
    • Gardening spaces
    • Grand Café and bar
    • Greenhouses
    • Laboratories
    • Libraries and study spaces
    • Stables
    • Technology halls

    Student Services

    • International Affairs
    • Service Desk
    • Student counsellors
    • Study mentors

    Both Velp (Arnhem) and Leeuwarden are vibrant student cities offering a plethora of entertainment and enjoyed by both residents and visitors. From lively nightclubs, to various museums and theatres, forests, national parks and green spaces, cinemas, multicultural cuisine, festivals, and charming shopping streets, there is always something to do or see!

    Student Associations

    There are several student associations active in Velp and Leeuwarden. Many are targeted at specific study programs;however, there are also student associations open to all students in general:

    Ambrosia is Van Hall Larenstein’s brand new International Study Association, created for all students from the English taught programs in Velp to connect, share, network, exchange, collaborate and communicate.

    In Leeuwarden, Osiris is the main student association at VHL, offering activities throughout the year to both Dutch and international students. Additionally, Leeuwarden Student City, an initiative created in collaboration between the universities and the city council, covers a wide range of student matters including everything from accommodation to sports, and events.


    There are a variety of sporting facilities and gyms in both Leeuwarden and Velp (Arnhem). It is possible to also purchase a student sport card which offers discounts on many of the facilities, and many gyms also offer special student subscriptions.

    VHL University of Applied Sciences is in the Top 10 Countries to Study Abroad Top 10 Global rankings 2023 badge Top 10 Europe rankings 2023 badge Top 10 Europe rankings 2022 badge Top 10 Global rankings 2022 badge Top 10 Europe rankings 2021 badge


    • Leeuwarden

      Van Hall Larenstein Leeuwarden Agora 1, 8901 BV, Leeuwarden

      • Velp

        Velp Larensteinselaan 26a, 6880 GB, Velp

        • Vlissingen

          Vlissingen, Netherlands

          • Rotterdam

            Rotterdam, Netherlands