Studying at Saxion in the Netherlands

Welcome to 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. Join us!

Reasons to study at Saxion

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). 

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. Are you curious about student life in these cities? Have a look at our city pages!

Saxion Enschede - Ko Wierenga gebouw

For all first-year students, Saxion offers housing possibilities within walking and biking distance of the campus in Deventer and Enschede. The rooms are furnished by Saxion so moving in is easy. These accommodations are in buildings full of international students, which is ideal to start building a community abroad!


We understand that studying abroad can be a challenging and intimidating 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!


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