Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences

Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences


VISION: To become a recognised university of applied sciences with an international, innovative approach to higher education, creating life-changing opportunities, and to advance the development and dissemination of knowledge in partnerships with the business community.

MISSION: To promote excellence in teaching and learning of international business and management, as well as to create the best environment for students and staff where internationalisation, diversity and ethics are setting the premises for successfully applied, research-informed global learning.

As a university of applied sciences, Wittenborg sees as important an interdisciplinary approach to higher education, which is reflected in the cross-disciplinary broad management programmes that allow students to further their knowledge, skills and development through applied research in a manner that is not subject constrictive. 

Wittenborg sees its future role as an international hub for the region and a best practice for international higher education in the Netherlands.

Key Values

Internationalisation - Diversity - Ethics

Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences sees its role as the education and training of highly qualified, internationally minded, socially responsible and intercultural, critical and independently thinking graduates, who pursue innovative and creative business in companies and organisations around the world, either working for others or in the instigation of business and entrepreneurship. Wittenborg embraces internationalisation as a key value.

To achieve this, Wittenborg engages in close dialogue with industry, government and NGOs. Wittenborg strives to bring expertise, knowledge and diversity to the local region in which it operates, thereby enhancing the economy, cultural and social environment in the area.

Wittenborg’s outlook is global and it aims to maintain its independent status whilst being one of the most international and diverse higher education institutions in the Netherlands. It promotes total equality of students and staff, of cultures and genders and people with disabilities within the institute. Wittenborg promotes a working environment that is fair, and emphasises respect between and within its student and staff body. Wittenborg embraces diversity as a key value.

Our Wittenborg motto expresses the commitment to offering higher education where students and staff understand that ethics play a central role in their every decision. Guided by well- established ethical and moral standards, such as honesty and integrity, unified we strive for a better tomorrow: Better yourself, - Better Our WorldWittenborg embraces ethics as a key value.

Wittenborg’s goal is to develop into a broad management-orientated university of applied sciences in various professional fields, such as Business & Entrepreneurship, Hospitality & Tourism, Arts & Technology, Health & Social Care and Education. Wittenborg will maintain quality through a vigorous and transparent accreditation cycle for its programmes, ensuring dialogue with its students and staff through their active involvement of the accreditation and validation processes.

Wittenborg will strive to continue developing new methods of teaching and learning that meet the changing needs of society and technology.

Within its role as a higher education institute Wittenborg supports lifelong learning through the development and implementation of up-to-date and industry-driven professional programmes aimed at corporate employees and individuals.

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Age Range: 19 Plus

Gender: Mix


  • Higher Education
  • Engineering Foundation
  • Internship (Co-Op)
  • Course plus internship

Number of Students: 2000

Percentage of International students: 30%


Country: Netherlands

City: Apeldoom

International Airports: Amsterdam

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Costs per month

Accommodation: Euro 800

Transport: Euro 100

Food: Euro 300

Courses: Principle of Management, Business Communication

Course Name Duration Minimum Age Level Fees Intake More Details
Pre-Master 6 months 19 Plus 4,5,6 Euro 4000 January, April, September
MBA in Health & Social Care 18 months 19 Plus 7,8 Euro 14300 January, April, September
MBA in Data Analytics 18 months 19 Plus 7,8 Euro 18300 January, April, September
MBA in Digital Transformation 18-24 months 19 Plus 7,8 Euro 18300 January, April, September
MBA in Hospitality Management 18-24 months 19 Plus 7,8 Euro 14300 January, April, September
MBA in International Management 18-24 months 19 Plus 7,8 Euro 18300 January, April, September
BBA Hospitality Business Administrator 3-4 Years 19 Plus 4,5,6 Euro 8900 September
BBA Marketing Communication & Information (MCI) 3-4 Years 19 Plus 4,5,6 Euro 8900 September
Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business Adminstration 3-4 Years 19 Plus 4,5,6 Euro 8900

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Education in Netherlands

Study in the Netherlands: Education in the Netherlands

For a small country like the Netherlands, international orientation is important in the field of education and training in our increasingly internationalized world. Moreover, over 95% of the inhabitants speak English and it is easy to blend in socially during your stay.

Respect for each individual’s opinions and convictions is a national virtue that gives strength to the fabric of the Netherlands' diverse and plural society. This is the foundation of the teaching method used at Dutch educational institutions.

The Netherland educational system focuses on teamwork, creating an ideal environment to make friends. The teaching style in the Netherlands can be described as interactive and student-centered, providing students with the attention and freedom they need to develop their own opinions and creativity in applying their newly acquired knowledge. By studying in the Netherlands, you will develop an open mind and increase your international orientation.

The Netherlands also has a long tradition of international students. As early as 1950, the Netherlands was the first non-English speaking country to offer programs conducted in English especially designed for foreign students. Gaining a diploma in the Netherlands can be a key to a successful worldwide career. The Dutch higher education institutions together offer 2,000 international study programs and courses of which 2,000 are taught entirely in English. This makes the Netherlands the front-runner in continental Europe.

The Dutch system of higher education enjoys a worldwide reputation for high quality. Experience shows that people who have studied at a Dutch higher education institution perform very well in other parts of the world. 

Research Universities in the Netherlands


Netherlands' research universities are mainly offering research-oriented programs in an academic environment. However, many study programs also have a professional component and most graduates find work outside the research community.

All education programs at research universities in the Netherlands start their first year with the basic courses known as the propedeuse. The propedeuse provides the students with a general introduction to the chosen field and lays the foundation for the specialized subsequent continuation. As the program progresses, the students receive more freedom to choose their subjects. The final step is the thesis based on the student's own research.

The universities vary in size, with enrollments ranging from 6,000 to 30,000 students. Altogether they enroll some 240,000 students.



  • PhD: 4 years
  • Master of Arts (MA): 1-3 years
  • Master of Science (MSc): 1-3 years
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA): 3 years
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc): 3 years

Universities of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands


Universities of applied sciences ('hogescholen') offer professional programs that focus on the applied arts and sciences. An essential part of the professional study programs is getting practical work experience through internships. The largest enroll 20,000 to 40,000 students. Altogether some 446,000 students are enrolled in professional programs.

Universities of Applied Sciences are more practice-oriented than the universities, offering a variety of full-time and part-time programs in several sectors. All professional programs consist of a foundation phase and a main phase, and end with an individual project and thesis. The essential component of the professional programs is the internship, through which students gain practical experience in real work situations.



  • Bachelor (B): 4 years
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc): 4 years
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA): 4 years
  • Master (M): 1-4 years
  • Master of Arts (MA): 1-2 years

Institutes for International Education in the Netherlands


The Netherlands has been offering a form of higher education, called ‘International Education’ (IE,) for more than 50 years. There are many different IE courses and study programs that attract a large number of participants. These courses have gained a reputation even outside the Netherlands’ borders and include courses such as management studies, agricultural sciences, astronomy, medicine, civil engineering, remote sensing, and the arts.

International Education is primarily meant for people at a postgraduate level with some prior professional experience and is well-suited for international students. The pace is intensive at an advanced level and all courses are conducted in English. The programs, which last anywhere from a few weeks to four years, are quite practice-oriented and designed to meet the expectations of students seeking specialized knowledge. Institutes for International Education offer master’s programs, but no bachelor's programs.

There are four large IE institutes and a number of smaller ones which all focus on development-oriented courses. These are based on working in small, intercultural groups and the exchange of knowledge. They are facilitated by teachers with extensive experience in working in developing countries.

Graduate Schools in the Netherlands

Graduate schools are organizations within universities. They provide challenging study and network environments, like the research schools. Some graduate schools are interdisciplinary, other graduate schools focus on just a few or one discipline.

Problem-Based Learning System in the Netherlands

The Netherlands has received international acclaim for its ground-breaking Problem- Based Learning system, which trains students to analyze and solve practical problems independently.

The PBL (Problem Based Learning) system places an emphasis on self-study and self-discipline with a large portion of all study programs dedicated to writing papers, working in groups to analyze and solve specific problems, acquiring practical work experience through internships, and conducting experiments in laboratories.

Degree types in the Netherlands

Students who enroll in higher education programs in the Netherlands will obtain a bachelor's degree upon completion of the undergraduate phase, and a master's degree upon completion of the graduate phase.

Institutes for International Education offer master’s programs, but no bachelor’s programs, as opposed to Research Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences who award both types of degrees.

An MBA in the Netherlands is also an amazing opportunity to hunt your business dream job opportunities after graduation, improve your leadership and managerial skills and enter the business terrain with all the necessary qualifications. 

Bachelor’s Degree in the Netherlands

A research university bachelor's degree program in the Netherlands requires 3 years of study (180 credits). Graduates obtain a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (BA/BSc) degree, depending on the discipline. A bachelor’s degree program offered by universities of applied sciences requires 4 years of study (240 credits). The degree indicates the field of study (for example, Bachelor of Engineering, B Eng).

Master Degree in the Netherlands

master’s program in the Netherlands lasts at least one year (60 credits), ranging from 1,5 to 4 years (90-240 credits). Graduates obtain a Master of Arts or Master of Science (MA/MSc) degree. A master’s in the Netherlands awarded in the applied arts and sciences requires the completion of 60-120 credits. Graduates obtain a degree indicating the field of study (for example, Master of Architecture, M Arch).

PhD in the Netherlands

Research is carried out by research universities, research institutes, and companies in the Netherlands. The research universities are the only institutions that can award PhD degrees in the Netherlands, but since research bodies normally work in close collaboration with the 14 research universities, they are also able to provide positions to PhD candidates.

Earning a PhD is a hands-on activity that involves very little course work so PhD students in the Netherlands start doing research from day one. Through work with their supervisors, students are able to develop their own ideas and priorities while performing their research. Research schools and graduate schools provide an inspiring research environment, offering tailor-made study programs, master classes, conferences, and seminars.


Life in Netherlands

Country Name: Netherlands

Capital: Amsterdam

Population: 17,171,911

Currency: Euro

Monthly Maintenance: 1000


Life in Country:

10 things I love about life in the Netherlands


05 June 2016, By Beatrice Clarke

Expats often come to the Netherlands not knowing what to expect or how long they’ll be here. Many people who move here stay for longer than expected. Months turn into years, which turn into more years, or even decades!

Us expats like to complain about the weather and the food, but somehow these factors aren’t enough to send us packing. So, why do we stick around? What are the things that make us want to stay? Here are, in random order, 10 things that make life in the Netherlands so good:

1. Riding a bike

No traffic jams, no hunting for a parking spot and no guilt about CO2 emissions - need I say more?

The lack of hills, the easy distances and the incredible cycling infrastructure make riding a bike in the Netherlands a pretty amazing experience.

It’s not until your bike has become a faithful companion and your driving skills are turning rusty that you realise how delightful a car-free lifestyle can be.

2. Boat life

It takes expats a while to catch on to one of the great pleasures of life in the Netherlands: if you’re surrounded by water then you might as well get on a boat and use it.

Boating in the Netherlands is what picnics are in other countries: a chance to eat, drink and socialise outdoors. Except on a boat the scenery is constantly changing - and you can dive off the picnic rug.

Whether it’s a big canal-based event (like Amsterdam's Grachenfestival or Amsterdam Pride) or just a sunny afternoon with friends, Dutch summer social life often revolves around boats and boating.

3. No fuss communication

The Netherlands’ reputation as a nation of straight-talkers can be a rude shock when you first arrive. However, as you learn to decode mild insults into constructive criticism you often realise that it ain’t all bad.

The Dutch consider directness and (brutal) honesty to be good qualities. Such modes of expression are intended to be an open form of communication, not an attack on your personal character.

Saying things straight up can save a lot of time and emotional angst too. If you don't want to visit a friend because it's pouring with rain, just say so! Lying through your teeth with a feeble excuse will not win you any favours, and can come across as false or insincere.

4. Happy kids

Raising kids in the Netherlands is quite unique: toddlers are blasted by wind and rain as they perch up front on a parent’s bike, kids skip barefoot past empty beer cups at summer festivals and play spaces in cities are confined. And yet, Dutch kids usually have a smile on their face, tantrums are rare and lack of space is compensated for by imagination.

Just like communication, Dutch parenting has a no-fuss approach, allowing children to play how they want and explore their surroundings. Panic or scolding a child if they hurt themselves or break something is rare.

Dutch parenting is often summed up in the "three Rs" mantra: rust, reinheid en regelmaat (rest, cleanliness and regularity), which seems to give Dutch kids a good start in life, and may explain why Unicef ranked them in a 2013 survey as having the highest rate of well-being in the world.

5. Beautiful interiors

Masters from the Golden Age like Johannes Vermeer and Pieter de Hooch captured the beauty and simplicity of Dutch interiors in their paintings. Today, 400 years later, the tradition of peaceful and pleasing living spaces still endures.

With big windows, fresh flowers and stylish yet practical furniture, Dutch homes often feel like cosy cocoons, safe from the unpredictable weather outside. It can come as a surprise when you return to your home country to find interiors that are cluttered or missing the feeling of gezelligheid.

Obviously having less space forces you to use it in a better way. In short, if you live in the Netherlands you can't afford to be a hoarder!

6. Opportunity

The Netherlands may be small, but it’s full of fresh opportunities. If they're up for the challenge, expats can find many career breaks in the Netherlands, from finding a job with one of many international companies to starting a business.

The Dutch government is constantly finding new ways to attract highly skilled migrants and entrepreneurs via schemes such as the 30% tax ruling and the startup visa residence permit. The government also helps small businesses to grow by simplifying bureaucracy, offering tax breaks and continuously updating government policies.

After all, this is a nation that transformed itself over the centuries from a tidal lowland of farmers, sailors and merchants into a financial centre, design hotspot and startup capital.

7. The open mindset

There’s something special in the open way Dutch people listen to you when you talk about yourself. Self-deprecation and belittling oneself are uncommon. Instead people take each other at face value. This can be extremely refreshing for expats coming from more judgemental societies.

You can experience this accepting attitude at work or when you’re networking. People take you seriously, which means your strengths will be recognised (and your weaknesses pointed out too of course!)

8. Good organisation

In the Netherlands things work... most of the time. NS trains, though sometimes late, are frequent and modern, and many other forms of Dutch infrastructure are reliable. Rubbish is collected regularly, streets are cleaned, you can apply for unemployment benefits if you're fired and emergency surgery is covered by health insurance.

Effective administration comes at a price, and taxes and insurance fees are not cheap, but they provide a blanket safety net and peace of mind that can spare you from bureaucratic stress that can be common in other countries.

9. Change

If you live in the Netherlands for a few years you will start to notice the constant renewal and development that is always going on. Old buildings are restored, empty roads are converted into bike lanes and new metro lines are created (extremely slowly).

The Dutch are not afraid of change. Ephemeral bars pop up in vacant industrial buildings for a couple of years only to be replaced by apartments or a new hotel. This constant evolution can be annoying, especially when your favourite club closes, but it means there’s always space for experimentation and something new.

10. The Dutch

What is a country but its people? Last but certainly not least, the Dutch themselves make the Netherlands a pretty special place to live. Sure it takes a while to connect with locals when you first arrive, and Dutch people certainly don’t fall over each other to be your friend.

But once you get to know them (and make an effort to learn Dutch) you’ll discover they’re a thoroughly decent bunch, with a secret soft side and a cracking sense of humour. There is much to be said for the Dutch character: firm, yet often lenient; thrifty, but generous to a good cause; restrained, but wild in the right context (think King's Day) and gewoon or "normal", but actually a little bit crazy.