Culturally Diverse, Academically Ambitious
Every fifth person is a student in vibrant Groningen, where Hanze University of Applied Sciences attracts over 26,000 students every year. “There is a lot going on in this city – not only events organized by the institution, but culturally and socially as well. Whether it is nightlife, sports events, festivals, music, or art – you can find it all here,” explained Senior Advisor of International Marketing, Monique Swennenhuis.
Hanze UAS is the only university of applied sciences in the Netherlands that includes both a Conservatoire and an Art Academy, providing programs in everything from fine arts to jazz. In addition to a wide array of bachelor’s programs, Hanze’s master’s programs include International Business, International Communication, Renewable Energy, Sensor System Engineering, Fine Arts, and Music.
At a university of applied sciences, students receive an education which is focused on a professional career. Students have the opportunity to use the knowledge taught in the classroom through internships with partner companies. “We have a very good network, so students have a chance to go to some of the leading companies here in the Netherlands or abroad,” stated Ms. Swennenhuis.
The educational experience at Hanze is not only known for its practical approach, but also for applied research. Students at Hanze have the opportunity to participate in Innovation Labs – testing grounds in which researchers, teachers, students, businesses, and institutions look for joint solutions to problems they encounter in the field of healthy aging and energy. For example, one of the Healthy Aging Innovation Labs is conducting research into and developing serious games for nutrition, mobility, and social participation. Together with companies, government bodies, and other organizations, students participating in the Energy Innovation Labs generate sustainable energy solutions.
It is no surprise that so many Science without Borders students have chosen Hanze as their first choice for a study period in Holland. Currently the fifth largest host of Science without Borders students in the Netherlands, Hanze boasts small class sizes, a highly international student body, and has the number one international student office in the country. Students at Hanze are not just numbers, but are a part of the community.
Hanze looks forward to welcoming more Brazilian exchange students, as well as those seeking full time bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Students can expect an educational experience characterized by “ambitious research and ambitious education,” concluded Ms. Swennenhuis.