Exchange (Erasmus) students

VHL University of Applied Sciences (VHL) University of Applied Sciences participates in the Erasmus Programme. Studying abroad is a great opportunity for you to experience what it is like to study at a university of applied science outside your home country, to immerse yourself into a new culture and to expand your horizons.

As an exchange student, you remain enrolled at your home institution. You can decide to spend half a year or a full academic year at VHL, depending on your exchange programme. The study credits you obtain at VHL can be transferred to your own programme through ECTS points (European Credit Transfer System points).

The Erasmus Programme

The Erasmus Programme (European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students), is a European Union (EU) student exchange programme and is meant to encourage cooperation among the higher education institutions of Europe. Nuffic is the Netherlands' national agency for the Erasmus programme. Read more about our participation in the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2021-2027 (ECHE) or in our policy statement.

This webpage has been designed for exchange students from our Erasmus Partner Universities, to provide information regarding the learning opportunities that VHL has to offer. Please check our list of Partner Universities to see whether or not you can apply. You can also view our partner universities on Google Maps.

Courses available

We offer modules for exchange students at our VHL locations  in Leeuwarden and Velp on different subjects. Please check out all Minor programmes open for exchange students.The minors are open to students from all of our Erasmus Partner Universities. Erasmus students are expected to choose a study programme in the subject area covered by the Inter-Institutional Agreement. Exchange is possible in our Bachelor programmes and all of the courses offered are in English (B2 level required).

How to apply

If you wish to apply for an exchange program at VHL, please contact the International Office at your home institution first. Your home institution decides which student will be selected for an exchange program. Nominations should include: 

  • Full name
  • Date and place of birth
  • Home address
  • Email address
  • Date of birth
  • Nationality
  • Semester of study
  • Area of study

After we have received your nomination, information about the application procedure will be sent to you per e-mail. For your application please prepare your signed Learning Agreement with your choice of courses. You will also be asked to send us a Transcript of Records, a CV / resume and a copy of ID or passport.

Our application deadlines


 Data per period

 Fall Semester: 
Nomination: 14 May
Application: 1 June


 Start September until end October



 Start November until end January

 Spring Semester: 
Nomination: 31 October
Application: 25 November


 Start February until end March



 Start April until end June

Student from outside the EU, holding a valid study visa for one of the EU countries that participates under Directive (EU) 2016/801, can study in another EU country for a maximum of 360 days. If you are interested in Intra EU mobility, and would like to see whether it applies to you or if you seek further information or advice, please contact the International Admissions Team for more information on

Final admittance

Once a completed application (including all necessary documents) has been received, the VHL admission  committee will assess your eligibility. The admission committee will decide on your eligibility:

  • You are not eligible to enter the study programme: VHLwill inform you about this and the reasons why you could not be admitted.
  • You can be admitted.

In case of a positive screening of your application, you will receive an official Letter of Admission and/or email, confirming that you fulfil the requirements and have been admitted. After you have been fully admitted, you can start making arrangements for housing and travelling to the Netherlands and VHL.

Please notify us through about your travel arrangements and your date of arrival at VHL.

More questions?

Please visit Practical Matters for information on visa, insurance, accommodation and living expenses. 

If you need any additional information or if you have any questions, please send an e-mail to: