Top 3 reasons to study here

  • Personal and welcoming community
  • Interactive learning in small groups
  • Informal approach of lecturers with first-hand business experience



Since the mid-1980s, the higher vocational education sector in the Netherlands has faced some turbulent times. In South Limburg there had been an initial agreement to form one large higher vocational education college. However, as a result of numerous reasons, this planned merger failed at the very last minute.


The university of applied sciences offers 34 bachelor's programmes and 13 master's programmes. For professionals, there is a choice between almost ninety training courses and programmes. Zuyd University offers training and education in ten fields of interest:

  • Life sciences
  • Economics and management
  • Health care
  • ICT
  • Arts
  • Education and society
  • Language and communication
  • Engineering and construction
  • Leisure and recreation


Zuyd has 29 research centres. Associate professors, lecturers, and students carry out practically-oriented and socially-relevant research. They contributed to innovations and developments in the business sector and connect practice and education.

Zuyd has defined three core points for its applied research. These core points contribute to regional development and were devised in close cooperation with the regional or Euregional government bodies, the business world, and educational institutions.

The core points for research are:

  • Innovative care and technology
  • Transition to a sustainably-constructed environment
  • Life Science and Materials


More than 2,000 employees work at Zuyd, almost two-thirds of whom have a teaching role. Almost half of the employees are younger than 50 years of age. Slightly more women than men work at Zuyd University.

Bachelor's programmes

Business & Management (3)
Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Education & Training (1)
  • B.A. Music
    Conservatorium Maastricht
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Humanities (1)
Social Sciences (1)


Student services

Zuyd offers a two day introduction programme to welcome international exchange and degree seeking students at the beginning of the autumn and spring semester. Participation is completely free.

The series of interesting activities and events will enable you to meet fellow students and staff, have lots of fun, familiarize yourself not only with the university but also with the city of Maastricht, interesting regions on the outskirts and introduce you to the Dutch culture.

Housing services

Are you looking for a room in Maastricht or it's surroundings? In contrast to many other student cities in the Netherlands, it is relatively easy to find a room or studio in Maastricht. But even so, we advise you to start your search early.

  • Student housing in Maastricht
  • Student accommodation in Heerlen
In Heerlen, you are welcome at the Stichting Studenten Huisvesting (SSH).
  • Student accommodation in Sittard
Housing Association Woonpunt can assist you in finding accommodation in Sittard. They also coordinate short stay facilities and furnished rooms. You can add your personal profile (free of charge) on the website in order to apply for a room.

Library services

All the campuses of Zuyd have libraries featuring modern computer and study facilities. At the libraries you can consult and borrow books, magazines and audiovisual media.

The website of the library provides easy access to several databases. With the free library card you can get access to other libraries in the region, including the library of Maastricht University.

ICT services

All of our buildings feature computer work stations with fast internet access. You will also have access to a Wi-Fi network, a computer account with a personal e-mail address, storage capacity for your personal files and printing facilities. The ICT Helpdesk offers support for all your ICT-related enquiries.

Medical services

There are three options for health insurance:

  • Your insurance policy in your home country covers your stay in the Netherlands.
  • You take out a new or special insurance policy for your stay in the Netherlands.
  • You are admitted to the Dutch national health insurance scheme because you work in the Netherlands.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Not many people regard Heerlen as a typical student town. But nothing could be further from the truth – Heerlen is a great place to spend your student days. The city centre features great pubs and outdoor cafés that are filled with students during fine weather. A number of student associations are located in cafés and restaurants downtown. The centre also houses two cinemas and the city theatre.
  • Sittard has all the ingredients for fun-filled student days. Around the historic market square of Sittard, there is a wide range of pleasant pubs and restaurants. There is a town theatre, a modern cinema and you can find several discotheques in the cities nearby.

Student clubs

Joining a student association during your study is fun as well as educational and will help you make you feel at home! Some faculties or study programmes have their own dedicated clubs and associations. There are also a number of general student organisations.


Zuyd University of Applied Sciences is financed and fully recognized by the Dutch government. The quality of the study programmes is continuously monitored through external assessment and accreditation processes by the NVAO (Netherlands-Flemish Accreditation Organisation).

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