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Saxion University of Applied Sciences

Saxion University of Applied Sciences

Saxion University of Applied Sciences


Saxion University of Applied Sciences welcomes international students to the Netherlands

Saxion University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest institutions of higher education in the Netherlands, with close to 27,000 students (and still growing!).

Saxion University has a rich history - its roots can be traced back to 1875. A merger of two educational institutions, the Hogeschool Enschede and Hogeschool IJselland, paved the way for Saxion University in its present form in 1998.

This merger enabled Saxion to build further on its strong position in Dutch higher education and since then Saxion University has come to be recognised as an important centre of expertise at a regional, national and international level.

Saxion University is based in three cities within the Netherlands: Enschede, Deventer and Apeldoorn.

Campus Features

    Visa Requirements

    If you wish to come to the Netherlands to study at Saxion University of Applied Sciences, then you might need a visa and/or a residence permit. Consult this page to learn more about visa and residence permits.

    Scholarships and Funding

    Saxion has multiple scholarship possibilities. For more info, consult this page.

    Student services & facilities

    International Student Population

    The international student population at Saxion has doubled in the past two years, and in view of Saxion’s focus on internationalisation there is little doubt that this figure will continue to grow. The total currently stands at 3,500 students from outside of the Netherlands, which is an impressive 14% of the overall total.

    Saxion attracts students from all corners of the world: Afghanistan, Brazil, China, Egypt, Finland, Ghana, Hungary, Indonesia, Japan, Russia, Sudan, Taiwan, Uganda, Vietnam… the list represents an A-Z of 74 nationalities, contributing to a truly multi-cultural learning experience.

    International approach

    We are very proud of our diverse student body. Our international student population tops 3,500 students with a total of 89 different nationalities. Many of Saxion's full-time educational courses are already conducted in English, with more being added each year. Our international classrooms are made up of a mix of students from all over the world. In this way we provide you with a truly multi-cultural experience in which you can compare experiences with and learn from fellow students of different backgrounds and nationalities.

    Support to students

    Education at Saxion is very student-focused and we offer you support not only from an academic point of view but also in terms of your personal development. While studying at Saxion University you will have the opportunity to gain both the knowledge and the skills you require to continue on your chosen career path.Although Saxion University of Applied Sciences was set up in its present form just over ten years ago, when the Hogeschool Enschede and Hogeschool IJsellandmerged in1998, Saxion’s roots can be traced back to 1875.Saxion University is registered as a public funded university of applied science, and in legal terms Saxion University is established as a Foundation under Dutch law.

    Saxion University of Applied Sciences is in the Top 10 Countries to Study Abroad Top 10 Europe rankings 2023 badge Top 10 Global rankings 2023 badge Top 10 Europe rankings 2022 badge Top 10 Global rankings 2022 badge Top 10 Europe rankings 2021 badge

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    • Deventer

      Handelskade 75, Deventer, Netherlands, 7417 DH, Deventer

      • Enschede

        M. H. Tromplaan, 28, 7513 AB, Enschede

        • Apeldoorn

          Saxion Apeldoorn De Nettenfabriek Spoorstraat 29 7311 PE Apeldoorn, 7311 PE , Apeldoorn