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HZ University of Applied Sciences is the institute of higher professional education in the Dutch province of Zeeland. It is uniquely located on the beautiful Zeeland coastline. HZ lies in Vlissingen, in Zeeland’s entertainment centre. Vlissingen is famous for its events, which last from one to several days. If you enjoy culture and going out, you will certainly have a good time in Vlissingen.
HZ offers proven quality of education: the greater part of their study programmes ranks among the top ten of the Netherlands! Programmes at HZ are flexible and individually tailored. Furthermore, the internationally recognised bachelor/master structure makes it easier for students to study or work in other countries.
Around 4000 students study at HZ and approximately 500 of them come from abroad. The University offer a personal and informal setting in which you are the one who sets the course. HZ offers all the possibilities and accommodations for you to study successfully and enjoy yourself at the same time!
Why choose HZ University?
- In top of Netherlands with several programmes taught
- Programmes at HZ are flexible and individually tailored
- HZ is known for its personal approach - classes are kept small and every student has his own study career coach
- Located on the beautiful Dutch coastline, close to Amsterdam and Paris
- Only ‘hogeschool’ in the Netherlands that subsidises its students with a scholarship
- All study programmes are practice-based and geared to the job market
HZ ranks among top three Universities of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands!
What is the best University of Applied Sciences in the country to do the study of your choice? A comparative research conducted by Elsevier * and Researchned into the 38 most popular studies in Universities of Applied Sciences may help to decide: HZ stands out in the crowd! A strikingly high number of students is satisfied with their studies at HZ!
This year HZ tops the national charts with most No 1 ratings. 2 international programmes taught at HZ in English got the maximum score: Chemistry, International Business & Management Studies.
In addition, a total of 80% of all studies researched scored way above average. This puts HZ in the top 3 of Universities of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands.
Highest student satisfaction rate!
HZ scores higher than the national average in almost every category. Best scores are for student facilities, student coaching, availability of teaching staff outside contact hours, involvement and commitment of teaching staff and early timetables.
Adri de Buck, speaking on behalf of the Board of Directors, says: "We are very pleased that the chosen path of innovation proves to be successful. Our students appreciate the quality and attractiveness of our studies and have rewarded this with very high scores.
About the Netherlands
“The rest of the world is a big place”, say the Dutch, well aware of how small their country is. Although small in size, Holland has a rich cultural tradition.
The Netherlands is a kingdom. Its official name is the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Today, the Netherlands is also sometimes called 'Holland', a name that is derived from the names of the two western coastal provinces, North and South Holland.
For centuries the country has had an attitude of openness towards the rest of the world. Its cultural diversity has made Holland a place where knowledge, ideas and cultures from all over the world come together.
Although Dutch is the national language, the majority of the population (about 87%) also speaks English and very often another foreign language, such as German or French.
Holland lies on a flat, low delta and a quarter of the land lies below sea level. Because of its precarious location, it has one of the best barrier dams in the world. Several Dutch companies are involved in water conservation and land reclamation projects throughout the world.
Holland has a dense railway network that offers frequent service and is the quickest way to travel between city centres. If you live in a city the bicycle is the cheapest and easiest way to get around. Most Dutch people, regardless of their profession or status, have a bicycle.
Once you have arrived in Holland, you will discover that many European capitals are within easy reach. Berlin, Brussels and Paris are just a few hours away by train, and a short flight from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol will take you to London, Madrid or Rome.
Holland is a ‘self-service country’. The Dutch try to manage most things themselves, which makes them very independent and organized. Another distinctive characteristic of the Dutch is their openness and direct manner of acting and speaking. You will notice that you can say exactly what is on your mind. The Dutch are not easily offended.
Education in the Netherlands
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. In addition, the Netherlands was the first non-English-speaking country to offer courses taught in English.
The Netherlands has two main types of higher education institutions: universities and universities of applied sciences. Universities focus on the independent practice of research-oriented work in an academic or professional setting. Universities of applied sciences are more practically oriented, preparing students directly for specific careers.
The Times Higher Education Supplement ranks 11 universities in Holland among the top 200 in the world. Holland has also received international acclaim for its groundbreaking Problem-Based Learning system. This system trains students to analyze and solve practical problems independently through emphasis on self-study and self-discipline.
The Netherlands systems of teaching and learning is based on “student-led learning”, with more practice and more career orientation. The Dutch education system is interactive and focuses on teamwork, which makes it easy to meet other international students. Studying in Holland means developing an open mind and increasing your international orientation.
The majority of the programmes which are offered involve: real work placement, team projects, guest lectures and cases from the work field. It is believed that experience is the best teacher.
Financing your studies in the Netherlands
Education in Holland is not free, but tuition fees are reasonable compared with other countries.
The annual tuition fees for enrolment on a degree programme or course at a Dutch higher education institution start at approximately €1,600 for EU students. In general, tuition fees are higher for non-EU students.
Experience shows that to live and study in Holland, students need between €300 and €400 per month + accommodation which is around €300 per month.
Foreign students that would like to take paid work alongside their studies are allowed to do so.
Why study in the Netherlands?
1. More than 1,450 programmes in English. Holland is the first non-English speaking country which has been offering study programmes conducted in English and especially designed for foreign students who came to study in Holland.
2. Internationally recognized diplomas. The Netherlands has been recognized as the knowledge centre of long study traditions and well- known universities. Dutch international scientific research is placed in the very top ranks. Thanks to its high quality the Dutch education meets all standards and is acknowledged worldwide.
3. Multicultural environment. International students from all over the world come to study in Holland. The Netherlands is a unique non-English speaking country where 95% of the inhabitants speak English. This makes communication during your study in Holland comfortable and pleasant.
4. Low study costs. The tuition fees and other expenses for those who come to study in Holland from EU/EEA countries are relatively low compared to other European countries.
5. Holland — a gateway to Europe. Due to its central position, the Netherlands has been described as the Gateway to Europe. In reality, all famous European capitals are within easy reach: Paris and Berlin, Brussels and London are all situated within an hour flight from the Dutch capital - Amsterdam.
More information about studying in the Netherlands:
Education: Please find this information on the left side of this page.
Accommodation: from €300 up to €350 per month.
Food and personal care items: experience shows that to live and study in Holland, students need between 300 and 400 € per month in addition to accommodation costs. The cheapest way to eat is to do your own cooking.
Other expenses: leisure, books, travel and other expenses. Bus tickets cost around €1.60 for a single fare in the city. You can consider buying a discount card for train tickets, which gives you 40% reduction in off-peak times. Many other discounts are offered to students by bars, restaurants, museums and cinemas.
Additional information regarding studying in the Netherlands:
In the Netherlands, students usually have their own room. Depending on the house where you are staying you may have to share the shower, lavatory, kitchen and living room with other students. It is common for men and women to live together in a shared house.
It is advisable to check what bills are included in the rent, as this may have a large impact on your budget. Some accommodations include gas, electricity, TV and internet in the rent, for others you are expected to pay them separately.
The website Studychoice.nl gives you information about average room rents in student cities. It also provides information about what quality to expect in which city.
Accommodation in HZ University
One of Vlissingen’s advantages is that housing is easier to find and more affordable than in other student towns. Most students live in a student house in or near the city-centre which is at biking distance from the university and walking distance from the beautiful boulevard.
L'Escaut is the housing corporation in Vlissingen. They are able to offer you a room at “The Ruyter Campus” or at "L'Escaut campus" for the duration of five or ten months. A different period can be negotiated within reasonable limits. In these completely renovated 2 or 3 bedrooms appartments, an internet connection will be provided. The accommodation offered is furnished and the rent is generally all-inclusive. In these student accommodation, you will have shared kitchen and bathroom facilities.
When you book a room with l'Escaut, you are requested to pay 6 months in advance. As from the second semester of your study you will start paying monthly.
If you do not want to book a room in L'Escaut then thee are some links where to find rooms for rent:
During the HZ application process, you will receive an e-mail containing information on how to apply for accommodation in Vlissingen. You will receive a password to get access to the accommodation site and make an on-line reservation. Fees and deposits must be settled before arrival at HZ.
As an international student in Holland, you might want to take a part-time job, just as Dutch students do. Besides helping to cover your costs, a job can also give you useful work experience, allow you to participate in Dutch society and make it easier for you to learn the language.
Citizens from EU/EEA member states, do not need a residence permit in order to be allowed to work in the Netherlands but work permit is needed. Once you have been in the Netherlands for more than 3 months, you should register with the IND. For more information consult the IND website, http://www.ind.nl. On this website you will find a “residence wizard” through which you can find out about the rules for residency in the Netherlands for yourself.
Even if not directly needed, a residence permit can come in handy: sometimes employers ask for it before they enter into a contract with you, banks also ask for it when you open a bank account and other official institutions ask for this document as well. You may find a part-time job, but you have to keep in mind that you would not neglect your studies. 15-20 per week is maximum that a student should work. You should keep in mind to have at least 4 months’ money before arriving as it may be difficult to find a student job.
How do I find a part-time job?
The easiest way to find a job is through an employment agency, or uitzendbureau. Some agencies specialize in jobs for students. The student affairs office at the Dutch institution where you are enrolled can provide addresses or may even have their own job agency. Of course you can also respond to advertisements or search for a job on the Internet.
The following websites may be helpful:
Additional information about working in the Netherlands: