Study at one of our top universities
Our region is home to some of the Netherlands' most prestigious universities, renowned knowledge institutes and over 70,000 students! But before you can start studying in the Arnhem – Nijmegen – Wageningen area, there are some things you have to sort out first.
Getting started at uni
First of all, you will have to enrol at your educational institute of choice. After that, you will have to get informed about things like visas, residence permits and insurance. Do you know how you are going to foot the bills? Are you eligible to receive a scholarship? Are you looking for a job on the side? Are you even allowed to take on any kind of work as a foreign student? We will help you answer these questions.
There are two types of universities in the Netherlands:
Universities of applied sciences
Study programmes at universities of applied sciences focus on the practical application of arts and science: skills are developed that allow for the expert execution of concrete roles in society. By working on projects on your own or with fellow students, you will develop in a way that is significant to your future profession. There will be theoretical teaching, but the focus is on honing professional skills through practice. Internships and cooperation are characteristic features of education at a university of applied sciences.
International community at the HAN
It's not without reason that UK-born Joey studies automotive engineering at the HAN University of Applied Sciences in Arnhem: apart from wanting an excellent place to study his craft, he missed the international community that he’d experienced before when living in Lyon, France. That is why he came across the Channel once more to enjoy the ideal opportunities provided by the HAN and the city of Arnhem. Listen and find out why he loves Arnhem, how he got a student accommodation and how the international community allows him to broaden his horizons personally as well as professionally.
Universities of applied sciences in the region
Academic universities focus almost completely on theoretic education; this type of education isn’t geared towards one specific job. You will do scientific research and are expected to do a lot of your work independently. We do have to point out that more and more universities are incorporating more interactive tutorials besides traditional lectures. Besides unlocking a lot of the more abstract jobs in society, a degree from an academic university is foremostly an important stepping stone if you want to become a scientific researcher.
A degree from a research university is often seen as being more impactful than a degree from a university of applied sciences. This is not correct. It is more accurate to say that the two are simply different. If you want to practice law or be a psychologist, you'll be better off with a degree from an academic university; if you want to be a music therapist or a teacher at a primary or secondary school, you're better off with a degree from a university of applied sciences. There are also a lot of subjects that are taught at both types of universities (business, communication, etc.). For these subjects, your choice of university type should concern whether you would prefer a more theoretical or a more practical perspective on your chosen field.