HAN does not appear in the major university ranking systems. That’s because it’s a university of applied sciences. HAN is ranked in the Netherlands each year through the National Student Survey.

Courtyard of HAN University of Applied Sciences, ranked 7th in the Netherlands,

International ranking 

You won’t find HAN in the best-known university rankings such as QS, Times and ARWU. That’s because HAN is not a research university but a university of applied sciences. As such, it mainly conducts practice-based research. This type of research focuses on solving problems in professional practice. Because of that it generally doesn't fit into the framework of the ranking systems.

Find out more about Dutch education and the differences between research universities and universities of applied sciences. Learn more about research at HAN.

Ranking in the Netherlands 

HAN is ranked within the Netherlands through the National Student Survey (NSS). Each year students in higher education are invited to complete the survey. They answer questions about their institution, study program and lecturers.

2022 Ranking

In 2022, HAN was ranked 7th out of 14 in the category "broad universities of applied sciences". Source: Keuzegids 2022. See the factsheet for more details about how HAN scored in the 2022 survey.

Students satisfied with atmosphere at HAN

2022 National Student Survey

HAN students are very satisfied with the atmosphere in their degree program. Also, appreciation for study coaching is also increasing. These are the results of the 2022 edition of the National Student Survey.

A group of HAN master students are sitting and working at a table outside, enjoying the atmosphere

HAN Accreditation

All bachelor and master programs at HAN University of Applied Sciences are NVAO accredited. So after graduation you'll have an internationally recognized degree. The NVAO is an independent accreditation body set up by the Dutch and Flemish governments. For more info, visit the website of the NVAO.

7 reasons to study at HAN

Why study at HAN University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands? There are 7 simple reasons!

International students are listening and smiling in a classroom at HAN University of Applied Sciences


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