Reasons to do business with Friesland


Internationally recognised degrees


Excellent career opportunities


innovation & practical approach


Vibrant international student city

Sector information

Friesland’s capital of Leeuwarden is a true regional education hub. The city is home to several universities and vocational education institutions, with more than 30,000 students. Around 2,000 of them are international students from all around the world, including 9% from China. Many of these Chinese students attend NHL Stenden (website in Chinese), a university with a great variety of programmes, from IT and marketing to international business and tourism.

The Frisian institutes have elaborate international networks and are involved in various partnerships and alliances. They are important drivers of innovation, particularly in some of Friesland’s key sectors. Combined with a focus on practical applications, this ensures a steady flow of well-educated staff, entrepreneurs and researchers for the future.


Leeuwarden offers a broad range of Life Sciences studies, for both vocational and university degrees. With the Dairy Campus, the city has a leading research institute and practice centre for the entire dairy chain “from grass to glass”. Students can use the campus facilities for practical courses, internships and on-the-job coaching.

Another important institute for Agrifood education is Van Hall Larenstein. This university offers Master’s programmes on, for example, “Innovative Dairy Management” and “Agricultural Production Chain Management”.


NHL Stenden offers various degrees in tourism, including a Master’s programme on “International Leisure, Tourism & Events Management”. Related to NHL Stenden is the European Tourism Futures Institute, a European top institute for futures studies and scenario planning in leisure and tourism. In addition, the University of Groningen Campus Fryslân offers a Master’s programme in “Tourism Geography and Planning”.

Water technology

Leeuwarden is also home to the WaterCampus, an international centre for water technology. The WaterCampus houses courses from several institutes: MBO Life Sciences, Van Hall Larenstein, NHL Stenden and the Wetsus Academy, with its Masters programme on “Water Technology”.

Wetsus, one of the world’s leading water technological research institutes, is also located on the Water Campus, as well as the CEW Centre of Expertise Water Technology and the WAC Water Application Centre. At CEW, students participate in research projects that bring together the expertise of educational institutes, research professionals, governments and businesses. WAC is a fully equipped centre where knowledge institutions, businesses and other organisations can conduct experiments.

Contact (English)

Dairy Campus
+31 317 484000

Van Hall Larenstein
+31 58 2846100

NHL Stenden
+31 58 2441155

RUG Campus Fryslân
+31 58 2882132

+31 58 2849044

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