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.

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Programs Location
Bachelor in Hotel Management Deventer
Bachelor in Hotel Management (Short degree Program) Deventer
Bachelor in Tourism Management Deventer
Bachelor in Tourism Management (Short degree Program) Deventer

Scholarships & funding

At Saxion we are proud to offer scholarships to talented international students that apply for a bachelor or master programme at Saxion. Examples are Holland Scholarship, Saxion Talent Scholarship, Orange Talent Scholarship, Saxion Excellent Scholarship and Orange Knowledge Programme. Please check our website for more detailed information.


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Awards & Accreditations

Quality of education

Saxion offers a broad range of courses at various levels, including many international programmes. The quality of education at Saxion is monitored by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, as well as being accredited by several international bodies, assuring you that the programmes on offer are of a high standard.

International programmes

Saxion University of Applied Sciences first started running international education programmes in the 1990s. Saxion now offers a broad range of Bachelor programmesMaster programmes and Short Courses in the fields of business, technical and environmental studies, as well as Intensive Preparatory courses (English Language). Needless to say, these educational programmes are fully in line with the quality assurance mechanisms as implemented by the relevant Dutch government agency.

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 has three campuses in the East of the Netherlands - one campus in each of the three Dutch cities of Deventer, Enschede and Apeldoorn. Thanks to the important contribution of agriculture to the local economy, this region is renowned for its beautiful countryside and fairly relaxed pace of life. However, all four Saxion locations have good public transport facilities, meaning that the hustle and bustle of the major cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague is no more than 1½ hours away.

Student lifestyle

At Saxion we have many modern facilities and services to help you with your study. Next to our Connect programme, which is a career development programme directly after graduation, we also have a Top Talent Programme and Service point for you. On our campuses we also have many labs and a libraby available for you.


At Saxion we have various labs which you can use. From clothes that check your heartbeat to medical robots, one surprise after another awaits you in Saxion's labs and practical training rooms. Here we offer practical-oriented teaching and conduct research, often in collaboration with other local parties, companies, and other institutions. Find out what our labs can do for you.


At Saxion we value written and digital knowledge. This all comes together in our library on campus.

Saxion Library has three branches: in Enschede, Deventer and Apeldoorn. Every registered student is a member of the library and can borrow material with a valid student card.


Once you have decided to study abroad, there are many things you need to arrange and prepare. Finding a place to live is one of the most important things that needs to be arranged before your arrival. Since it is quite difficult to find suitable housing by yourself, Saxion arranges accommodation for all of our first year international students from outside EU/EEA in Deventer and Enschede. The rooms are all single rooms and furnished with basic facilities like bed, desk, chair and cupboard. All accommodations have an internet connection. The bathroom, toilet and kitchen need to be shared with other international Saxion students, max. 7 students share common facilities.

In the region where Saxion is located housing is more affordable then in some other parts of the country and it is easier to find accommodation as well. We encourage European students to find their own accommodation, but in case you would like to have everything arranged in time and want to immerse yourself in international student life, we offer the possibility to reserve a room in one of our international student houses. 

Please check our website for more detailed information.


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I love my course, amazing teachers and subjects. Very interesting projects. Moreover, people around are very dedicated, they inspire and motivate to do your best.


I really like the studies because it is so practically oriented - from the very first semester on I've worked on real projects and with clients from the industry - which is also highly beneficial because you can built up a network for your future career. Also, I like the international environment at Saxion as I now have friends from all over the...

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Saxion University of Applied Sciences

Handelskade 75
7417 DH Deventer
The Netherlands

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