Education is about more than just going to lectures. It is about all your chance to examine and develop your own options in life. Knowledge, skills, creativity and talent can be found in many places in the Arnhem – Nijmegen – Wageningen area.
In our region you will find top educational facilities that will allow you to make the most of your academic ambitions. Before you can start the process of obtaining your degree –in our area, there are important decisions you have to make first, before you can look into all the practicalities. Follow the steps set out below to start your educational journey.
Step 1: Picking a subject
Knowledge, skills, creativity and talent can be found in many places in the region. In our region you will find top educational facilities that will allow you to make the most of your academic ambitions. Before you can start the process of obtaining your degree –in our area, there are important decisions you have to make first, before you can look into all the practicalities. Follow the steps set out below to start your educational journey.
Step 2: Framework conditions
Now, assuming you know what subject you would like to pursue, the next step is to think about prerequisites you might have for your study environment. Chances are that the topic you are interested in is being taught at various institutes in the area. It might therefore be a good idea to think about the framework conditions.
Do you, for instance, want to study at a large, renowned educational establishment that has a lot of facilities thanks to its size? Or would you prefer a small, intimate study environment with fewer people and perhaps more options to connect personally with others? Although the Netherlands is a highly secular country, some institutes might have a certain religious leaning. You won't notice much of this in the larger institutes, but in some of the smaller colleges (such as the Christelijke Hogeschool Ede) this might still be a real factor. Perhaps you already have a notion of which town you would prefer to study in. Has Arnhem attracted you with its vibrant art scene? Has Nijmegen conquered your heart with its rich Roman history? Were you wowed by the beautiful green surroundings of Wageningen? These are all important things to consider when making a choice. Having a good idea of these framework conditions could make the choice between similar study programmes at different institutes a lot easier.
Step 3: Academic or Applied?
We discussed the difference between academic universities and universities of applied sciences, and this is another thing that you should consider carefully before making your decision. Do you want to focus on a more theoretical or more practical type of education? It might be the case, of course, that your specific subject of choice is only taught at the academic or applied level, but for all those subjects that are taught at both levels, the choice is yours. If you are a hands-on, practically minded person, a university of applied sciences is probably your best bet. If you are bookish and can write killer essays, academia might be for you. The length of the various study programmes is also something to consider. Picking an educational institute and study programme.
Step 4: Take your pick
If you have carefully thought through all of the above, we can finally take a look at what's on offer! Below you will find a short summary of every university in the area, including a link to their respective English websites. On these you will extensive information, including course offerings. The first two are the area's academic universities, the other six are all universities of applied sciences.
Nijmegen's Radboud University is the largest academic university of the area, with approx. 21,000 students and over 100 study programmes (Bachelor and Master). It has a Catholic history, but this part of its heritage has been removed from the name of the university since 2004 and is taking more and more of a backseat. Radboud University is, for the eight time in nine years, the best traditional, general university in the Netherlands, according to the Keuzegids Universiteiten.
Wageningen University & Research
This academic university was first founded as an agricultural college in 1876. This can still be seen in the university's research focuses, which mainly concern scientific, societal and commercial problems in the fields of life sciences and natural resources. The last fifteen years, Wageningen University & Research consistently ranks as the best Dutch university. You can find more information on their website.
Universities of applied sciences
HAN University of Applied Sciences
Locally known as the HAN, the 'Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen' is the largest university of applied sciences in the area, with a whopping 35,000+ students! It has campuses in Arnhem as well as Nijmegen, and offers study programmes in a wide range of subjects.
SEECE helps students getting ready for the future
Meet Tinus Hammink, programme manager of the Sustainable Electrical Energy Centre of Expertise (SEECE) of the HAN University of Applied Sciences. The HAN has 30,000 students in Arnhem and Nijmegen, of which 10% are from abroad. Through SEECE, students are training for the professions of the future. Real-life projects with researchers and companies stimulate their know-how as well as their creativity, thereby significantly boosting their skill set. Businesses looking for tomorrow’s employees needn’t look any further — the energy revolution starts here!
Van Hall Larenstein
This university of applied sciences has over 4000 students students and focuses on a personal approach with close relations between students on the one hand and teachers and educational staff on the other. It is the most sustainable university of applied sciences in the Netherlands, and focuses on the domains of Animals and Business; Delta Areas and Resources; and Food and Dairy.
ArtEZ University of Arts
Art academy ArtEZ has branches in Arnhem, Enschede and Zwolle. It offers various art study programmes; the campus in Arnhem focuses on Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Product Design, Fine Art, Music, Creative Writing, Dance, Theatre Architecture, Interior, Education in art, and Interaction Design.
Aeres University of Applied Sciences
Aeres was only founded in 2013 and is a non-profit public higher education institute with campuses in Almere, Dronten and Wageningen. It is affiliated with the Christian-Protestant religion and offers programmes that are mainly focused on agriculture.
Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences
This German public university of applied sciences provides both English and German study programmes, covering a broad range of topics from the natural sciences to economics, engineering and technology, the humanities, social and health sciences. It has over 7,000 students and boasts a young staff that is highly approachable.
Christelijke Hogeschool Ede (Christian University of Applied Sciences Ede)
CHE is a Christian higher professional education institution and knowledge centre that is based in Ede, near Wageningen. It is the most overtly religious of all the institutes and focuses on providing high-quality education that forms students as professionals through a Christian outlook. It does expressly say, however, that it wants to ensure that students are well equipped to function in a society with all sorts of worldviews.
Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences
Wittenborg is a highly international university of applied sciences, with facilities in Apeldoorn, Amsterdam and even Vienna (Austria). All courses are solely in English and the university boasts over 80 nationalities working and studying on its premises. In 2018, Wittenborg was rated as one of the best universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands (in the Dutch Keuzegids Hbo, it took fourth place overall and the top spot in the Amsterdam region). This is good to know, as Wittenborg is a private institute, and therefore more expensive than state-funded institutes. The bachelor programme in International Business Administration comes especially highly recommended
Your application and beyond…
Once you've taken your pick, it's time to think about your application. The specific application process for each educational institute will most likely be subtly different, so be sure to look into that through the websites above. There are some general processes that pertain to most educational establishments in the Netherlands, however. And then there is the things you have to take care of after your application is accepted. Go to our Practical Information page for these and other bits of information and advice.