Student life in Zwolle

If you love parks and being outside, if you like going out to pubs but are serious about your studies, Windesheim in Zwolle is the place to be.

Student life in Zwolle

Windesheim is based on an attractive modern campus in the southern part of Zwolle.

About Zwolle

Zwolle is a medium-sized city at only one hour travelling from Amsterdam. About 30,000 students study in Zwolle, in one of the four Universities of Applied Sciences. As well as a beautiful historic centre, the city has lots of parks (really nice for picnics!) plus atmospheric cafés and places to eat. Zwolle is also a great place to shop, with all the big chain stores and loads of independent boutiques. It's also a safe city: if you learn how to ride a bike, it's easy to get around. Student life in Zwolle is focused in and around the city centre, which is packed with attractive cafés and restaurants. That's where you'll find the student café Het Vliegende Paard (The Flying Horse). Drinks and meals there are all at student prices! Zwolle has lots of cultural activities too, including music and cultural festivals, theatre shows, movies and an annual Rhythm & Blues Night. There are student clubs and societies for everything from rowing to getting together with other international students.

Read more about Zwolle at the Tourist Information-website

The campus

The extensive on-site facilities include lecture theatres, seminar rooms and digital language labs. There are excellent computer rooms, a brand new multimedia library, payphones and a copy shop. The campus has several cafeterias and bars too. As well as physical amenities, Windesheim makes academic, psychological and spiritual support and guidance available to all its students.

Sport and recreation

Windesheim offers excellent recreational facilities. There is a sports building with gyms, fitness rooms, a heated swimming pool, indoor football halls and a climbing wall. All Windesheim students are entitled to use the sports facilities on campus. International students on exchange programmes can get a free sports card for one semester, because we feel that interaction with Dutch students is very important. The card lets you do sports activities for free, and fitness, swimming and climbing at concessionary rates.

Student societies

Most departments at Windesheim have their own student societies, which organize activities such as lectures, theatre outings and club evenings.

Studying in Holland

Why study in Holland? Dutch higher education institutes offer a total of 1,560 international study programmes and courses. Of those, 1,543 are taught entirely in English. This makes the Netherlands the front-runner in continental Europe.

Students on bicycle

The Dutch system of higher education enjoys a worldwide reputation for high quality. Experience shows that people who have studied at a Dutch higher education institution perform very well in other parts of the world. Quality is achieved through a national system of regulation and quality assurance. The Dutch education system is interactive and focuses on teamwork, which makes it easy to meet other international students. Studying in Holland means developing an open mind and increasing your international orientation. (Source: