About Windesheim

Windesheim is one of the Netherlands' top-3 universities of applied sciences, known for its personal approach, small classes (15-20 students) and for working closely with the business community and public institutes.

Mission and Vision

Great opportunities

With well over 25,000 full-time and part-time students and more than 2,000 staff at sites in Zwolle and Almere, Windesheim is one of the largest universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands. We are a broad-based institute that offers a wide range of accredited Bachelor's degree courses. Check out our:

Study programmes
Mission and vision
Organization and governance

High quality

Elsevier ranks us in the top three of best Dutch universities of applied sciences. Students value the quality of the education we provide, the expertise of our teaching staff and our personal approach. Also, we have established Windesheim Honours College: a study concept for excellent students.

University of Applied Sciences

In the Netherlands there are two types of universities. Windesheim is a University of Applied Sciences, where higher professional education is taught. This means that besides theoretical knowledge, the student will get hands-on experience through internships, projects with the professional field, group work, workshops and guest lectures. The classes are small (max. 25-30 students per class). After a four-year Bachelor’s programme, students usually start their career. Research universities, on the other hand, offer highly academic, research-oriented programmes. These take three years and will be followed by a Master’s programme of 1-3 years, depending on the subject.

Accreditation by NVAO

Our Bachelor’s degrees are accredited by the NVAO, the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders. The NVAO is a quality assurance agency that assures the quality of higher education in the Netherlands and Flanders, in an expert and independent manner, and that fosters the quality culture pursued within the higher education institutions in the Netherlands and Flanders. 

Read NVAO report International Business
Read NVAO report Global Project and Change Management

Empowering students

One of our strengths is a personal approach. Students work in small groups and our lecturers are coaches as well. They challenge our students to think critical and develop into confident professionals. International students can join our buddy programme.

Empowering businesses

We pursue an innovative and entrepreneurial approach. We have many close ties with the business community and public institutes. We were the first university of applied sciences to become a member of the Business Hanse: an international network which represents traditional values in modern business life. 

Henk Hagoort (chairman of the Executive Board) tells about Windesheim: