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The most sustainable University of Applied Sciences in Holland!

Van Hall Larenstein is a university of applied sciences. They train high-quality, ambitious and innovative professionals who contribute to a more sustainable world. The curricula of VHL University of Applied Sciences focus on the domains Delta Areas and Resources - Food and Dairy - Animal and Business. Alongside Bachelor programmes, we also provide Master’s programmes, Certificate programmes and short courses for regional, national and international students.

As a university of applied sciences, they conduct high-quality practice-based research which enhances both their teaching and position as a research institute.

VHL's educational programme is competence based. This means that, right from the start, you will be in close contact with professional life and practice. Supported by expert teaching staff, you will work on your competences in a range of projects relating to applied research and practical internships. That is why choosing VHL means choosing a professional education, which you apply in real life!

At VHL you will study in an inspiring international environment. You will work together with students from different countries and you will develop a network of friends and colleagues from all over the world. Thanks to the internationally oriented curriculum, you will be trained to develop a sharp focus on international practice. VHL has over 4000 students and is home to over forty different nationalities. You will have various opportunities to operate in an international context - not just in programme-specific projects, but also in your work placement and thesis. At VHL students are provided with opportunities for international educational exchange and professional development.

VHL University of Applied Sciences is based on two locations in the Netherlands: Leeuwarden and Velp. The environmentally friendly building in Leeuwarden has green houses on its roof. The Velp site is situated on the Larenstein estate – a wonderful area for the practical ‘green’ programmes.

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.

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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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