Van Hall Larenstein is a university of applied sciences. We train high-quality, ambitious and innovative professionals who contribute to a more sustainable world. The curricula of VHL University of Applied Sciences focus on the domains Delta Areas and Resources - Food and Dairy - Animal and Business. Alongside Bachelor programmes, we also provide Master’s programmes.

Top 3 reasons to study here

  • Study at the biggest "green" university of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands!
  • Combine theory and practice to get a head start in the job market. Apply your knowledge in (international) internships which are included in your study programm
  • Study in small classes with personal attention from teachers!



The educational and research activities are structured in three domains:

  • Animals and Business
  • Delta Areas and Resources
  • Food and Dairy


Applied research as conducted by professors, researchers, lecturers and students of Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences, is always aimed at improving professional practice. The results of research should be applicable for companies and professionals in the public sector. Having good relations with companies and institutions in and outside the region, we support them by providing innovative solutions to practical questions and sufficient highly trained professionals. Moreover, professorships contribute to the innovation of the curriculum. Knowledge valorisation is achieved through an interplay of theory and practice, leading towards innovation and development of knowledge.


The focus of the curricula of VHL lies in the domains Delta Areas and Resources - Animals and Business - Food and Dairy. Combinations of these areas of expertise result in a special and challenging higher professional education.

Masters, postgraduate courses and consultancy on national and international terrains are part of our service. We are not just an educational institute, but also a knowledge company for social and economic questions. VHL also provides business services, tailor-made courses, incompany-training sessions, masterclasses, events and contractual education for third parties.

Master's Programmes

Applied Sciences & Professions (2)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Social Sciences (1)


Library services

The library aims to:

  • provide a modern, inspiring, inviting, safe and pleasant learning environment, where information that is up-to-date and related to education can be found in every form (digital and physical);
  • make students and employees more skilled and critical while looking for, processing and sharing information;
  • support employees in education, innovations in education and research with our specific expert knowledge.

Student Life

Both of the towns where VHL is situated have individual qualities that make them great places to study. Each provides good accommodation options, sport facilities and entertainment.

First, let’s take Arnhem, which borders on Velp. Not only is it a city full of creativity and culture, there is also unique nature, such as Sonsbeek Park, in and near the town centre. There is a large stadium for football and concerts, and a day out can be rounded off at Korenmarkt, the entertainment district.

Then there is the northern town of Leeuwarden, whose culture, sports and housing facilities have long made it one of the Netherlands’ top three student cities. VHL’s student association is located in the university building - really convenient for socialising or studying between and after classes!


NVAO (in Dutch: Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatieorganisatie) is the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders. The organisation was established by international treaty and it ensures the quality of higher education in the Netherlands and Flanders. All study programmes of Van Hall Larenstein are accredited by the NVAO.

The Global Study Awards

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers 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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