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My name is Oleh Zelenyak. I am from Uzhhorod, Ukraine. I am 20 years old and I am taking the International Fresh Business Management Bachelor’s programme at the Fontys campus in Venlo, the Netherlands. Below you will find some of the experiences I gained during my first year at the university.


Receiving the letter of acceptance from your university is a perfect news! But you still need to arrange a lot of stuff before your classes begin. You need to pay tuition fee, find accommodation, enroll in the introduction events, and much more. Best way not to miss anything is to write down all tasks into a checklist and deal with them one by one.


Higher education in the Netherlands is expensive while finding scholarship or grant for studying can be a challenging task. One of the ways of paying tuition fees and student life costs could be borrowing finances from the Dutch government. It is possible for EU students under 30 of age, who is going to stay in the Netherlands after graduation.


Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences will begin to offer a new international Master’s programme in 2016, instructing students in the field of Sport Business Management. The programme will start on October 17th and will take 1 study year to complete. Its graduates will receive a Master of Science degree from the University of Brighton, UK.


Leiden University’s Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) has recently published its ranking of the top 800 universities in the world. These rankings assessed the scientific impact of universities by identifying how often they were cited in articles and reviews during recent years.



Universitas 21, a worldwide consortium of leading research universities, has issued the rankings of countries, which offer higher education for international students. Fifth year in a row these rankings evaluated various criteria of national education systems as well as their progress and global impact.


Studiekeuze123, a Dutch student guide, has published the results of the National Student Survey (NSE) for 2016 in which NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences has achieved better scores than the national average in nearly all categories.


Starting September 2016, Saxion University of Applied Sciences offers an innovative new Master in Applied Nanotechnology. The 2-year programme offers extensive theoretical and practical knowledge of all disciplines related to design, laboratory and manufacturing techniques.


HAN University of Applied Sciences offers four English-taught Bachelor’s programmes at Arnhem Business School, teaching students Business, Finance, Logistics, and Communication. Students applying at the school don’t have to choose one particular course right away. They can make the selection later, after the International First Year.


Nintendo Benelux organised a Super Mario Maker competition that revealed some of the best current Game designers. Leroy Freeth won the competition (and took home a brand new Wii-U console!) after building the most creative and playable level for Nintendo’s game. Leroy is a 2nd year Bachelor’s student enrolled in the Game Design & Development programme at Hanze University of Applied Science, Groningen.