Studying at Windesheim

If you decide to study in Holland, there are a couple of things you need to take care of before your arrival, such as a visa and health insurance. 

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Academic calendar

Windesheim's academic year is divided into two semesters. One starts in autumn and the other starts in spring. 


Windesheim has its own student accommodation facilities and a housing service ('SSH') to help students from abroad get settled.


Dutch law requires everybody living in the Netherlands to have health insurance. That includes students who are only here for a few months.

Visa Service

The rules on visas and residence or work permits are complex, but Windesheim's International Office provides full support to students and applicants who need help.


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Student life in Zwolle

Besides studying, it is important to relax now and then. Zwolle is a medium-sized, safe city, which has lots of opportunities to go out. Besides the beautiful historical city centre, there are many parks, festivals and cultural activities which make student life attractive.

Introduction for exchange students

Windesheim has a team of students ready to guide new exchange students. They help with the introduction at Windesheim, and the city of Zwolle.

Credits and grading

When you study at Windesheim, you will receive ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer and Accumulations System) for the courses you complete successfully. These credits are recognized within the whole EU. Windesheim grades performance using a 1-to-10 system, where 10 is the highest possible mark.


Windesheim has very modern study facilities: clean classrooms, lots of space for group work and for private study. There are several canteens, a media centre and numerous sports facilities.

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Facilities for special needs students
Do you have a disability, like visual or hearing impairments, dyslexia, dyscalculia, mobility impairments? Don’t hesitate to start your study at Windesheim. We do our utmost to guide and support students with special needs. Please contact our International Office in time if you want to apply for support on special needs.

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The campus of Windesheim