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Innovative, sustainable and meaningful!

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 Holland! We offer a range of unique English-taught Bachelor, Master and Certificate programmes in fields in which Holland performs at the top. So whether you are interested in nutrition or international trade, are looking for a bachelor degree in the equine sports industry or want to work on the United Nations Sustainability Goals, we have the right programme for you!

​​​​​​​Van Hall Larenstein is located in two cities: Leeuwarden and Velp (Arnhem). Both student cities are home to multiple universities and filled with international students. Leeuwarden was European Capital of Culture in 2018 and it is located close to the Dutch Islands. It has beautiful canals flowing through the city. In Velp we are located on the Larenstein Estate: a modern building surrounded by luscious greenery, only a few minutes away from the vibrant historical city centre of Arnhem.

Van Hall Larenstein has close connections to the international business world and NGO’s. 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 and we invite professionals over to give guest lectures. We strongly believe that international experience is crucial in the development of our students as intercultural competences 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 programmes 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!  

Discover the top reasons for why you should consider coming to Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences:

  • Fully English-taught curriculum
  • Study at the biggest "green" university of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands
  • Combine theory and practice to get a head start in the job market
  • Apply your knowledge in (international) internships: included in your programme
  • Increase your career opportunities by direct contact with prospective employers during the programme
  • Develop strong connections within key sectors of Dutch economy
  • Study in small classes with personal attention from teachers


Van Hall Larenstein, that has locations in both Leeuwarden and Velp, has been rated the most sustainable University of Applied Sciences! Our University is the only institution in the Netherlands that has received three AISHE stars for all of its bachelor programmes (for all thirteen programmes). AISHE (Auditing Instrument for Sustainability in Higher Education) is an assessment tool for sustainable developments in higher education. A positive assessment leads to a qualification for Sustainable Higher Education. Van Hall Larenstein's CSR-audit was rated at 'Approved' level. CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) is a special qualification standard regarding sustainability for Higher Education, based on ISO26000 - the international guideline for social awareness of organizations. Van Hall Larenstein is the first University of Applied Sciences to receive this qualification.



At Van Hall Larenstein, students from around the world collaborate with partners in the field to address the challenges of climate change, population growth and international food production. You are helping to innovate the field during your studies while looking forward to a fascinating career in a profession that really matters.

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VHL University of Applied Sciences

Larensteinselaan 26a
The Netherlands

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