Avans University of Applied Sciences

  • 29000 Students
  • Public University
Breda, Netherlands
We are immensely proud that Avans University of Applied Sciences has been proclaimed the best large university of applied sciences in the Netherlands by the leading Dutch magazine Elsevier. Avans has the most study programmes boasting above-average satisfaction. This puts Avans head and shoulders above the other universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands. Avans University of Applied Sciences currently has 29,000 students, among which 800 are international ones spread over over 45 nationalities.

About Avans University of Applied Sciences

Studying at Avans University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands is a good option when you think about studying in The Netherlands. Studying at Avans University of Applied Sciences means studying in a pleasant, ambitious environment with dedicated lecturers and staff, bright students, countless English-language study programmes and good contacts with the business community. Our lecturers and staff make every effort to ensure that you acquire as much of their knowledge as possible.

And whats more, Avans University of Applied Sciences ensures that as a foreign student you'll feel right at home in the Netherlands. One of the ways that we do this is to organise good accommodation, visa paperwork (the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Agency). We give you a warm, caring and personal welcome. When you arrive you will get an extended introduction at Avans and in the city. You get to meet other foreign students.

We also offer you every opportunity to join in with the lively student life. Avans offers a professional team of student councellors to support you with all questions related to your study and student life. We do this because we are convinced that you can only perform well academically if you feel comfortable in your environment.

Avans University of Applied Sciences is located in three cities in the southern part of the Netherlands:

o Breda
o 's-Hertogenbosch
o Tilburg

International Orientation Days

You are looking for an international study programme abroad. You want a job with excellent career opportunities in the future. So why not take advantage of our you pay the ticket, we pay the rest* programme and find out whether one of our international study programmes is right for you.

Visit our website for detailed information, and direct registration.


*on the condition that you take part in the full programme

Accreditations of Avans University of Applied Sciences

Avans University of Applied Sciences has been proclaimed the best multi-stream University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands for the third year running. Every year, the Dutch Centre for Higher Education Information examines the quality of higher education in the Full-time Higher Professional Education Options Guide. Following in the footsteps of 2011 and 2012, the Full-time Higher Professional Education Options Guide 2013 has labelled Avans University of Applied Sciences as the best in the Netherlands again in 2013.

Elsevier journal already reached the same conclusion last month in its survey 'The Best Studies.

The Dutch education system is renowned worldwide for its excellent quality. All our Bachelor and Master programmes are formally accredited by the Dutch higher education accreditation authorities and comply with European standards as set by the Bologna Agreement. This means that you can make a good start on your international career anywhere in the world.


Looking for somewhere to live in a city you do not (yet) know is not easy. That's why we will help you find suitable accommodation. We guarantee housing to many of our students. Others can make use of our Room Mediation Scheme. Even if you decide to arrange your own housing, Avans provides you with tips to help you on your way.


Within the university the counsellor guides students in respect of their choice of study programme. A study programme selection tool is available to find out which programme suits you best. Although the study programme for foreign students, who come here to study for a number of months, has been determined in advance, this does not mean that foreign students cannot use the services of a counsellor. The counsellor can inform you of all the changes within a study programme as well as any current developments, such as the introduction of new study programmes etc. In addition, the counsellor can help you in many other ways, for example: in the event of problems with the examination or education committee, or when you suffer from dyslexia etc.

Students are of course free to make an appointment with a counsellor to discuss their study or important study-related subjects. An appointment with a counsellor can be made at each university via the Central Information Centre.

If somebody you love very dearly died and you wish a personal appointment to talk about your loss or you want some guidance in the mourning process, you can contact a specially appointed counsellor. An appointment can be made at the Central Information Centre.

Dentist / family doctor

If you need medical help it is possible to contact a dentist or family doctor through Avans University of Applied Sciences. As a foreign student this is extremely handy for you.

In order to make use of these facilities, you can contact the International Office of Avans University.

Church / mosque

In s-Hertogenbosch and Tilburg as well as in Breda, various facilities are available to practise your faith. For example, there are several mosques and churches with regular services.
A few examples:
Süleymaniye Mosque in Tilburg
De Grote of Lieve Vrouwe Kerk in Breda (catholic church)
The protestant church in s-Hertogenbosch

Student life at Avans University of Applied Sciences

Breda, Pearl of the South - Breda is home to a large number of students, so it is no wonder that it is full of great bars, restaurants and sports clubs; there are also many festivals and events, such as the Fiesta Mexicana and carnival. Breda is fantastic all year round for shopping, relaxing in the municipal parks and hiking in the surrounding countryside, or taking a lovely stroll through the historic city centre. The bustling and vibrant character of this city is what makes Breda so attractive to students. Another good thing is: it takes less than 45 minutes to travel from Breda to the dynamic city of Antwerp in Belgium. Read more about student life & more in Breda.

`s-Hertogenbosch, great for students! - The people who live in s-Hertogenbosch are very proud of their city. Anyone just arriving in the city to live or study is immediately struck by the convivial atmosphere that reigns here: you will feel right at home. Even if you have nothing special planned, you can always find something entertaining to do in `s-Hertogenbosch. Take a stroll through the historic city centre, visit St. Johns Cathedral or get some fresh air at the nearby nature reserve "De Bossche Broek". `s-Hertogenbosch is also fantastic for eating out in one of the numerous restaurants and bars that serve food. Several times a year the city erupts with carnival, the Jazz in Duketown Festival and Theatre Festival Boulevard. Anyone wanting to go out, take in some culture and catch a film should definitely head over to the Verkade Fabriek. And why not spend an evening out at the "W2 Concertzaal"?

Tilburg a swinging student city - Tilburg is a great city in which to spend your student life, have a night out and sample the local culture. There are many bars, restaurants and trendy cafés, plenty of theatres and music venues, such as the famous music stage "013" and the annual Mundial Festival, and, last but not least, the largest fair in the Netherlands.

Bachelor's programmes at Avans University of Applied Sciences

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Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Bachelor at Avans University of Applied Sciences!

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS we offer you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

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