Tips & tricks

Studying at Avans

Going abroad to study is an adventure. You leave your friends, family and culture behind, but you make new friends, learn a lot and lay good foundations for your future. What can you expect if you come to Avans University of Applied Sciences?

Personal attention

Patricia Gijzen works at the International Office of Avans University of Applied Sciences. According to her, foreign students enjoy coming to Avans because of the personal attention they receive. “We have a lot of e-mail and telephone contact with the students, so we know them even before they cross the threshold. They are not just a student number to us.” 

Good education

Good education is essential. Avans study programmes score highly in the rankings. “But if students don’t feel at home, they can’t focus on their studies”, explains Patricia. “The students stay here for between 5 months and 4 years. So, it’s important that they feel at home.”

Our International Office staff
are there to assist you and
cater to your every need

Getting to know Dutch students

We assign ‘buddy students’ to our foreign students. This is done so that the new international students can find their way more quickly both inside and outside of the campus. The International Office staff organise a general introduction for the international students, so that the students from Breda and ’s-Hertogenbosch get to know one another. They often enjoy talking to each other in their own languages. Special introductions are also made in collaboration with the various study programmes.

The International Office

The International Office arranges welcome meetings, accommodation and a residence permit for students if they need one. The staff at the International Office remain committed to the students for the duration of their stay in the Netherlands. “They can come to us with all sorts of questions. We will help them have a good time.”

Did you know

  • The Netherlands is a safe country to study in.

  • Education in the Netherlands is held in high regard. Avans University of Applied Sciences obtains top positions in the national rankings.
  • Avans is a large university of applied sciences, but courses are designed in small scales, with guaranteed personal attention.