University of Applied Sciences

Information Technology

(B Information Technology)

Full-time Bachelor’s Degree

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In summary

Have you always been a bit of a techie, do you love games and playing around on your computer and would you like to understand how software works from the inside out? Do you prefer to think in solutions rather than problems? If you happily tick all these boxes, be sure to come and discover our Information Technology programme!

  • Outstanding job prospects in the Dutch and international IT markets.
  • Informal student-faculty interaction.
  • Wide selection of majors.
  • Practical assignments in small groups.
  • Opportunity to work with innovative technology, including 3D printers, home automation and robotics.


Graduates in Information Technology have excellent career prospects in their chosen field, with areas of employment including the corporate sector, government and not-for-profit organisations in the Netherlands and elsewhere.

Challenging work

In a world in which automation and digitisation are becoming increasingly important, you  will hold all the cards as an Information Technology graduate. Working in a challenging and exciting field, your professional expertise will help companies and other organisations to better serve their customers by developing software, designing multimedia or building an IT network.


Careers open to you after graduation include:

  • Software Engineer
  • Network Administrator
  • Web Developer
  • Multimedia Professional
  • IT Consultant

About the course

The course in Information Technology sheds light on areas such as software, games, web technology, company networks, databases and programming languages. You will be trained as a specialist in these areas over the course of the four-year programme.

First Year

Introduction to the industry

The first year is designed to provide you with a solid foundation in your chosen field. In small groups you’ll work on practical assignments, which may involve anything from designing an online store to creating a multimedia presentation for a company to developing an all-new game. Gradually, you will discover all the specialisations available, so you can pursue the major that best meets your needs and interests.

Second Year

More in-depth study

In your second year, you will develop more focused and detailed knowledge of areas such as programming languages and databases. This year you begin your major, as well as participating in a short internship.

Third Year

Internship and practical experience

During this year, you will continue to put your knowledge and experience into practice and half of the year is spend on an internship in the Netherlands or another country of your choice. This will help you to gain a broad understanding of the various career options in your field.

Final Year

Final stage

In your fourth year, you will be taking on a six-month, practical final-year project at a business or organisation. This might even end up being your future employer!


In addition to taking technical classes, you will also learn a number of practical skills, such as managing project-based work and end-user communication. In the Fabrication Laboratory (Stenden MyConcept), you will learn to use innovative high-tech equipment like 3D printers, home automation and robotics. These will help you design and implement just about anything and everything.

Additional information

To view the full course programme, please feel free to download the Information Technology course catalogue.


Information Technology covers a wide range of relevant and interesting topics. In your fourth year, you will have the option to specialise by taking a number of minors: these are electives in which you focus on a specific subject or expand your knowledge by taking an additional subject. This allows you to truly take charge of your education by ‘customising’ your course. 

You can take these minors at the Emmen branch or you can also choose from minors offered by other courses and universities of applied sciences – this is all part of broadening your academic skills. Information Technology minors on offer in Emmen:

  • Certified Ethical Hacking
  • Secure Programming
  • IT in Business

Admission requirements

Academic Requirements

To be admitted to one of the Bachelor programs you have to meet certain admission requirements. Stenden University of Applied Sciences recognizes the following general international qualifications:  

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or European Baccalaureate Diploma
  • High School diploma from an accredited institution
  • Four GCSE/GCE ‘O’ level passes (final grade A, B or C) and two ‘AS’ level passes. These six passes combined must all be in different subjects.
  • Associate, Bachelor or Master Degree 

Furthermore, some of our Bachelor programs demand additional entry requirements. These can be found in the list of admissible diplomas. If your diploma is not mentioned in this list, please contact our Information and Registration Centre.

Language Requirements

All non-EER applicants are required to submit an English proficiency test with their application. Exceptions are made for students, who have had their preparatory education in a country where English is the official working and educational language. The language requirements for EER students are the same as for Dutch students. If your diploma is mentioned in this list the additional English language test is not required.

Stenden University of Applied Sciences accepts three kinds of official language tests: IELTS, TOEFL and the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.

  • Academic IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 for each skill).
  • TOEFL 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based) and 80 (internet based). Original test results must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Stenden. The TOEFL institution code for Stenden is 9215.
  • Cambridge ESOL score CAE-C.

Please note: If you do not have the appropriate level, it’s possible to enrol in our English Preparatory Language Course


If you are aged 21 or older and would like to enrol, but do not currently meet the admission requirements, you are invited to register for the entrance examination.

For the 21+ test, you are required to pay €80.00 and this will be processed during your registration.

For more information contact iStudy (


Short Track 

Did you previously follow a programme in the field of technology, or do you have experience in this area? Then you can qualify for a shorter programme. For more information, please contact

Practical information


Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology (BICT)

Course start

February and September

Application deadlines 

EU students: 17. January and 15. August
non-EU students: 1. November and 31. May 


Emmen (NL)

Language of instruction



types of fees amountperiod
tuition EU students€2,0062017/2018
tuition NON-EU students€7,9002017/2018
books and handouts €300course

Please note: No additional financial contribution is required from students to obtain credits.

Stenden University of Applied Sciences and NHL University of Applied Sciences are merging. Would you like to start your studies in February? Then continue your application process on

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