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Saxion University of Applied Sciences

Saxion University of Applied Sciences

Saxion University of Applied Sciences


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 has three campuses in the East of the Netherlands - one campus in each of the three Dutch cities of Deventer, Enschede and Apeldoorn. We are very proud of our diverse student body. Our international student population tops 2,500 students with a total of 95 different nationalities.

Great career prospects

Our campuses are located within the innovative heart of Europe, nesting innovative industries for more than 100 years. It is now housing startups and offers promising career prospects. Saxion’s way of teaching is closely bonded with the working field, which prepares you to enter tomorrow’s job market with the strongest professional skills. At Saxion we deploy problem-driven learning, and our study projects are developed in tight collaboration with the work field. You will learn through a practice-based approach and build practical experience. This type of education is specific to Universities of Applied Sciences (HBO in Dutch).

Excellent locations

Saxion is located in the Netherlands on three different campuses. All three Saxion campuses (located in the cities Enschede, Deventer and Apeldoorn) are within walking distance from the train station. The Dutch train network is excellent so it's easy to travel to and from Saxion, to other cities and even other countries! Saxion’s campuses are in areas where housing is cheaper and easier to find than in the rest of the Netherlands.

Affordable and accessible student housing

Our campuses are located in lively cities in the east of the Netherlands. This area provides a bubbly city life with more affordable and accessible housing compared to other student cities in the Netherlands. We also support and assist our international applicants in their search for their housing with webinars and other informational material.

A genuine second home

We understand that studying abroad can be a challenging experience, which is why our International Office offers a range of support services for our international students, starting right from the start! These include help with landing smoothly in the Netherlands and at Saxion, finding housing, applying for insurance and getting a Visa. Saxion is an open community for one and all, a genuine second home for our international students!

Campus Features


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.

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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Campus Life & 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.

    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.

    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


    • Deventer

      Handelskade 75, Deventer, Netherlands, 7423 DH, Deventer

      • Enschede

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

        • Apeldoorn

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