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 (NSE).

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 (NSE). Each year students in higher education are invited to complete the survey. They answer questions about their institution, study program and lecturers.

2023 Ranking

In 2023, HAN was ranked 5th out of 15 in the category "broad universities of applied sciences". Source: Keuzegids 2023. See the factsheet for more details about how HAN scored in the 2023 survey.

Students again satisfied with their degree programs

2023 National Student Survey

Once again HAN scored higher than the national average for universities of applied sciences in several areas. Students particularly appreciate the atmosphere in their programs (4.09 on a scale of 1 to 5).

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


Is HAN University accredited? Yes. All HAN bachelor and master programs are accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). And HAN's International Business program is also accredited by the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA) and EFMD.

8d787e90-5974-11ee-8afb-024215b4a989 Noa and Chadionne walking through the entrance by Ruitenberglaan 31 HAN Arnhem campus.

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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