University of Applied Sciences

Exchange to Stenden

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Are you hoping to immerse yourself in a truly intercultural study environment? Are you looking for high quality education in English and new educational insights? Would you prefer to study in a relaxed and friendly student town? Then one of the Stenden campuses in the Netherlands is an excellent choice for you!

Go Global Go Stenden

Stenden University of Applied Sciences is an internationally oriented university with over 11,000 students of whom over 2.900 are internationals. With 90 different nationalities represented, Stenden is a truly international community.

Stenden's international policy

Location Leeuwarden

In Leeuwarden you can choose courses in the field of International Hospitallity Management, Leisure Management, International Tourism Management, Retail Business School, International HRM and Media and Entertainment Management. See the complete course list for Exchange students at Stenden Leeuwarden.

Location Emmen

In Emmen you can choose courses in the field of International Business. See the complete list for Exchange students at Stenden Emmen.

Location Meppel

In Meppel you can attend our unique International Class specially for Teacher Training students in the field of Education. See the complete course list for Exchange students at Stenden Meppel.

Study system

Like all Stenden students, you will be taught through Problem-Based Learning (PBL). Instead of relying on book learning alone, you and your fellow-students will actively seek out knowledge using practical case studies from the relevant professions.

Grading Table

A grading table provides the statistical distribution of possible grades for a programme. The grading system used at Stenden Hogeschool (University of Applied Sciences) is a number in the range 1.0 to 10.0, 5.5 being the lowest pass grade. The grading table will only consider pass grades and is based on all grades from the past three years. A grading table is created for each program separately and is updated annually. Moreover, these GT’s are published on Egracons to allow students and staff all over Europe to interpret Stenden grades. Egracons also provides a conversion tool, this does require the receiving university to provide a GT as well.

Application procedure

  1. Ask your home university to send your nomination for an exchange period to
  2. The application deadline is 18 May 2017 for Fall semester 2017 (13 November 2017 for Spring semester 2018).
  3. You will be provided with a link for online application. The deadline for online application is 18 May 2017 for Fall semester 2017 (Visa students should apply well in advance: before 18 April 2017). The deadline for Spring semester 2018 is 13 November 2017 (13 October 2017 for Visa students).
  4. In the online application, choose which campus you want to study at (Leeuwarden, Emmen or Meppel).
  5. Choose all your courses at the chosen campus.
  6. When accepted by the Student Mobility Centre, you will receive a confirmation by mail.

Please provide the following information with your application:

  • Your name 
  • Your email address
  • Semester(s) of exchange 
  • Study location (Leeuwarden, Emmen or Meppel) 
  • Subject area (for Erasmus partners only) 

Practical information


During your stay in Leeuwarden, Emmen or Meppel you will be provided a furnished accommodation by Stenden's housing company StudentStay.

Visa requirements

Do you want to study in the Netherlands for more than three months? And are you not a resident of the EU/EEA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Monaco, Switzerland or USA? You need a visa and a residence permit.

Do you intend to stay in the Netherlands as an exchange student for more than three months? And are you a resident of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Monaco, Switzerland or USA? You need a residence permit without visa.

Stenden has to arrange visa and/or residence permit applications for you. You may not do this yourself, The Information and registration centre will send you all the necessary information and will help you with the procedures.

Student insurance

You are required to be insured for medical expenses during your entire stay in the Netherlands. You should check, before coming to the Netherlands, whether your insurance policy covers a stay abroad for a long period of time, and bring the appropriate documents with you. You should at least be covered for all medical costs without an applicable maximum. Travel insurance alone is not enough (We strongly advise you to take out an insurance against liability). At i-Study they can arrange medical/liability/repatriation insurance for you.
Students who enter the Netherlands on a visa MVV and for whom health insurance coverage is obligatory in order to be able to apply for a residence permit, can expect the health insurance costs (medical/liability/repatriation) to be included on their invoice. Please note that under normal circumstances this insurance is only valid after your arrival in the Netherlands.

Health insurance

During your entire stay in the Netherlands, you are required to be insured for medical expenses.

More information

Do you want to know more about exchange to Stenden? Read the brochure Go Global Go Stenden and/or Guide to Stenden.


Stenden University
Student Mobility Centre
Ruimte 0.43 Campus Leeuwarden