Studying at Van Hall Larenstein

At Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences (VHL), you choose the world you want to create. You choose for your dream, for your passion. With your ideas, you make our world better and more beautiful. And at the most sustainable university of applied sciences in the Netherlands, you follow the study programme that gives you the right skills to do so. 

Why VHL?

  • Great atmosphere.
    You quickly feel at home here. Interesting new people guaranteed. 
  • Learning by doing.
    You dive straight into practice. You do research with modern facilities.
  • Study programmes with impact.
    Your specific knowledge makes you hugely sought-after by employers.
  • Future-proof. 
    Both during and after your studies, you work on a future-proof world.
  • International orientation.
    Exchange and internships abroad are incorporated in the study programme.
Two international student studying IDM in class room at Van Hall Larenstein

Your study, your choice 

Cool. Exciting. Exciting. Because you are about to build your future-proof world. With the study programme that suits you. In Velp or Leeuwarden. Which programme do you prefer? 

Before you choose, it is of course smart to speak to students and lecturers about a study programme. And to soak up the atmosphere at VHL. This can be done during an (online) open day, an orientation day or a digital meeting. 

International students in the Van Hall Larenstein building in Velp

Discover Velp

When you choose for VHL, you also choose Velp or Leeuwarden. Our university of applied sciences in Velp (close to Arnhem) is located on the Larenstein estate. In this gigantic practice space - measuring up to 40 football pitches - you will find half of Dutch native plant species. You can do water, land and soil research there. Or just relax between lectures with your fellow students. Inside, too, there is plenty going on: the extensive media library for instance, several laboratories and its own café. Most English-language programmes are housed here. 

And do you want to blow off steam when your study hours are done? Arnhem is a bustling city with more than enough shops, cafés, restaurants, museums and theatres. And you can easily visit cities like Amsterdam, The Hague, Berlin and Paris by train. 

Group of international students chilling out in front of the Leeuwarden Van Hall Larenstein building

Discover Leeuwarden 

The Leeuwarden location is a 10-minute walk from Centraal Station. The building was recently renovated, which means it lacks nothing. There is a large media library, laboratories, technology halls, an animal enclosure, greenhouses on the roof (yes, really!) and a grand café. 

Because VHL is so central, you are quickly in the lively centre of Leeuwarden. Here you can relax after a busy study day or week. The city has a vibrant student life. Of course, this is partly thanks to the study and student associations, but also the discos, restaurants, museums, theatres and sports facilities. 

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Did you know... 

  • over 4,700 students study with us, with 69 nationalities (52% of whom are women, and 48% men)?
  • we have internships in 71 countries? 
  • VHL is ranked the most sustainable university of applied sciences in the Netherlands (already 6 times according to SustainaBul)? 
  • students are fairly satisfied with us (in the National Student Survey we score a 3.83 - on a scale of 1 to 5)? 
  • VHL offers unique study programmes in fields in which The Netherlands is the absolute best (no.1 exporter of agricultural goods in Europe)? 
  • VHL has its own international student association