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Windesheim University of Applied Sciences

Country: The Netherlands

City: Zwolle


Type of school: Public Universities


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With 20.300 students, thousands of other study participants and more than 1.800 members of staff at sites in Zwolle and Almere, Windesheim is one of the biggest universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands


Windesheim we only offer accredited bachelor courses, cycle 1. We are a University of Applied Sciences. In the Netherlands, there are two types of universities. It is a community organisation, within which people acquire, share and utilise expertise together. At Windesheim, you will be challenged and empowered to develop into a responsible, principled and confident professional. We have signed the code of conduct.


Windesheim offers study programmes in fifty disciplines, with the emphasis on student-focused, practical education. The university provides flexible learning opportunities leading to broad-based qualifications. Students from other countries can attend through exchange schemes, or take part in our mainstream programmes.


With a lively café scene, plus lots of entertainment venues, cultural amenities and sports facilities, the city of Zwolle offers a warm welcome to international students. And you’re sure to find Holland a vibrant, modern, multicultural country, with open, friendly people.


As well as providing study opportunities, Windesheim is an important research centre. The university has several thriving research institutes studying a variety of themes. Windesheim specialises in applied research that supports business, the caring professions and the wider community.

Exchange Programmes


We welcome international students to participate in our exchange programme for a semester or a full academic year. We are eager to provide international programmes for the benefit of students and lecturers alike. Our objective is to incorporate international elements into all subjects taught at Windesheim.


Unique experience


Windesheim has close ties with universities and colleges around the world. As a student at one of our partner institutes, you can broaden your personal and academic horizons by coming to study at our university for one or two semesters. We have a wide range of stimulating and valuable exchange programmes, all of which are delivered in English. All programs are full time and there is no possibilty to distance learning.


Fields of interest


In total, we offer around twenty-eight exchange programmes. They are grouped in nine distinct fields of interest, ranging from Economics to Education and from Theology to Technology. As an exchange student, you’ll not only benefit from our practical, student-centred approach to your chosen subject, but you’ll also get the opportunity to study elective topics, such as Dutch language and culture. All international students take a module called ‘Introduction to Windesheim University’.


Programme descriptions


Each of our exchange programmes is described on this site. Open the page devoted to a programme by  selecting a field of interest from the menu on the left. That will open a submenu, where you can choose from the programmes in that field. Each programme’s webpage explains what you’ll study and what background you should ideally have.
Applying for an exchange programme


To attend Windesheim as an exchange student, you’ll need to complete an application form and post it to us. With the form, you need to send a Learning Agreement and other documents, as specified on the form. The application deadlines are:

■ Admission for full academic year:
   nomination deadline: 15 May 2015 application deadline 1 June 2015
■ Admission for Autumn semester:
   nomination deadline: 15 May 2015, application deadline 1 June 2015
■ Admission for Spring semester:
   nomination deadline: 15 October 2015, application deadline 1 November 2015

Download application form 2015-2016


European Qualifications Framework (EQF)

The exchange programmes offered by Windesheim UAS are all part of accredited study programmes, EQF 6 (bachelor or equivalent first cycle).  



Bachelor Degrees


Windesheim Honours College offers a unique English-taught Bachelor’s degree programme in Global Project and Change Management. If you’re also interested in degree programmes taught in Dutch, Windesheim has an additional offering of fifty-plus degree programmes in nine different fields, ranging from economics to health care and from education to engineering. However, if you don’t speak (enough) Dutch yet, you can also decide to do a prep year to get yourself up to speed before enrolling in one of these Dutch-taught degree programmes.


English-language programmes


Windesheim Honours College (WHC) offers our English-taught Bachelor’s degree programme. WHC is a distinct part of our university that provides an international programme for ambitious students from all over the world wanting to pursue an international career as project manager. As a WHC student, you will obtain a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Project Management with a specific field: Health, Urban Economics, Social Entrepreneurship or Civil Society.

More about our English-language programmes


Dutch-language programmes


Windesheim offers Dutch-language degree programmes in more than fifty disciplines, with an emphasis on student-focused, practical education. The university provides flexible learning opportunities that lead to broad-based qualifications. We will challenge and empower you to develop into a responsible, principled and confident professional.

More about our Dutch-language programmes


Presentation video

The best way to find out all about studying at Windesheim Honours College is to read our student’s blogs. Every week one of them gives you a taste of student life at the College. Read about lectures, going out, sports and Zwolle.


Windesheim Honours College is an international learning community. Students from all over the world live together in student residence ‘de Nieuwe Haven’. It’s a building with a lovely view and our students enjoy living here a lot.


Studying at Windesheim Honours College is not confined to the boundaries of the classroom. We have interesting guest lectures, visits to organizations, an annual business trip and much more.


Zwolle is a beautiful city, with nice cafés, good restaurants, lots of shops and pretty parks. Our students feel very comfortable here, and almost all of them can ride a bike by now!

Our personal approach begins before you even start studying at Windeheim Honours College. We conduct admission interviews with all prospective students. For those who live and stay abroad the interview is conducted through skype. We also ask you to write a letter of motivation and provide two recommendations. At the end of the process, you can be sure of making the right study choice!

Recently we received our accreditation from the NVAO, which acknowledges that we are a ‘small-scale and intensive’ college. This means Windesheim Honours College will have more strict admissions procedures in the future. For this year (2014-2015) we will not have a stricter procedure. This means that the current admissions procedure described below will be applied and will be the same for all students applying for September 2015. For September 2016 the admissions will change. This means the new admissions procedure will be used from October 2015 onwards. More information about these changes will follow in 2015. Should you have any further questions about the admissions procedure please contact or (+31)(0)88 - 469  84 00.


The International Office can help you get in touch with internationalization contacts for the various studies. You can get in touch with our International Office by post, fax, e-mail or phone.


Postal address:

Windesheim University of Applied Sciences

P.O. box 10090

8000 GB Zwolle

The Netherlands

Phone: +31 (0)88 - 469 9777

Fax: +31 (0)88 - 469 8822


Opening hours: Mon - Thu 13.30 - 16.00 (local time).

You can call at other times by appointment.

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