Netherlands, Emmen

Stenden University


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Stenden University of Applied is a state funded professional university in the north of the Netherlands.

It is an internationally oriented university with over 11,000 students of whom over 2900 are internationals. With 90 different nationalities represented, Stenden is a truly international community. There are International Brach campuses in Bangkok (Thailand), Doha (Qatar), Port Alfred (South-Africa), Bali (Indonesia) and in the Netherlands: Leeuwarden (main campus, Emmen Meppel, Groningen and Assen. Stenden offers 11 international Bachelor and 3 Master programs, Centres of Expertise and Research Institutes, all in the fields of (Service) Management, Education, Welfare, Economics and Technology.

The Country

The Netherlands is a constitutional monarchy, in which the House of Orange, currently headed by King Willem Alexander, plays a largely symbolic role. However, there is great public enthusiasm for the traditions associated with the monarchy, such as King’s Day on 27 April, when the whole country takes to the streets decked out in orange for a gigantic party. Much the same is true when the national football team does well, such as the last World Cup. The Dutch combine history and traditional culture with innovation, modernism and an international outlook. Thanks to successful export, industries and major multinationals like Philips, ING, Unilever and Akzo Nobel, the Netherlands is more important than the size on the map would suggest. The Netherlands has long been open to people of non-Dutch origin, historically attracted by freedom of thought and religion as well as commerce. Today it is home to over 190 different nationalities. This cultural diversity has made it a place where knowledge, ideas and cultures from all over the world come together. Another distinctive characteristic of the Dutch is their openness in personal interaction and direct manner of acting and speaking.

The City

Emmen, a town of nearly 110,000 inhabitants, lies in the North-East of the Netherlands and was voted the country’s most attractive leisure municipality. It is also the focus of the largest connected industrial area in the north of the country. No wonder the town has developed into a dynamic university location. In the center of Emmen is “Dierenpark Emmen”, one of Europe’s finest zoos, where animals roam free over large areas. Rather than being grouped by species, they are grouped by continent – for example, the Ameri Casa simulates a South American rain forest – giving the visitor a real sense of their natural environments.Sports lovers are well catered for by the 13 sports halls and 8 swimming pools. A single card allows students to make use of all the sports facilities at an attractive price. Those who prefer to party can do so at a host of bars and cafes frequented by students in Emmen’s town centre. And accommodation is not a problem. The University has three separate student residences with fully furnished rooms. Emmen’s wide-ranging local economy offers plenty of opportunities for internships and excellent prospects for graduates of economics, technical studies and other study programs.

Estimated Expenses

Rough Expense Comparison

Semester at ZSEM

Semester at Stenden University

Health Insurance


205 EUR


287 EUR

411 EUR


28 EUR

27 EUR


177 EUR

219 EUR




16 EUR

96 EUR


*per month


Kamer Bemiddeling Nederland (KBN) is the housing partner of Stenden. KBN offers students a wide range of furnished rooms in Leeuwarden, Emmen and Meppel. Please note that in Leeuwarden only Non-European students and exchange students will be guaranteed of a room when they book through KBN. European students can book a room on availability. To be able to book a room, please register yourself on their website. In Emmen and Meppel all international students (EU, Non-EU and exchange) are guaranteed of a room when they book through KBN. For more information please check the following websites: Leeuwarden and Emmen. You can also contact:

Travel Opportunities

Emmen is the biggest city in the province of Drenthe, the Netherlands. Although Emmen is not a particularly interesting destination for travellers, it’s well known in the Netherlands for its biggest attraction: the zoo. Emmen has two train stations, the central one and one in the south of town (EmmenZuid). To get to Amsterdam board an intercity service to Zwolle and change trains there. The journey will take about 2.5 hours. Many bus lines connect Emmen to all destinations in the area. You’ll find the main bus terminal across the street from the central train station.