Fontys University of Applied Sciences

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Fontys University of Applied Sciences
Fontys Hogescholen
Fontys logo.jpg
Motto Think bigger
Type Public University of Applied Sciences
Established 1996
Administrative staff
Students 44.486[2]
Location Netherlands Several locations in the south of the Netherlands
Website Website Fontys University of Applied Sciences

Fontys University of Applied Sciences is a Dutch university of applied sciences with over 44.000 students[3] in several campuses located in the southern Netherlands. The three largest Fontys campuses are located in the cities of Eindhoven, Tilburg and Venlo. The name Fontys comes from the Latin word "fons" which means "source". Thus, Fontys wants to highlight that it is a source of knowledge for students. Fontys offers 200 bachelor's and master's study programmes in the fields of economics, technology, health care, social work, sports and teacher training.[4] A selection of these programmes is offered in German and English. The independent Dutch ranking Keuzegids ranks Fontys as one of the best large universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands.[5] In 2014, Fontys Chairperson Nienke Meijer was declared "Most influential Woman of the Netherlands."[6][7]


Fontys University of Applied Sciences is ranked among the best universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands. Here, Fontys scores above-average results in the study fields of engineering, IT, logistics as well as business administration and management (consisting of the study programmes International Business and Management Studies (IBMS), International Marketing (IM), International Business Economics (IBE) and International Fresh Business Management (IFBM)).[8]

The ranking is done annually by the Centre of Higher Education Information and published in the Keuzegids HBO. It takes into account the perspectives of experts, students and universities themselves. Next to factors such as student satisfaction with their university’s lecturers and study content, student success rates, IT facilities and practice-orientation the ranking is based on the accreditation reports of the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO)[9]

All Fontys study programmes are accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO) or equivalent British accreditation bodies.[10]

About 11% (4,798) out of the 44,486 Fontys students come from abroad;[11] they represent more than 70 countries around the world, with a large delegation from Germany. Many of these international students are enrolled as exchange students or degree students in English-taught bachelor and master programmes, often offered in cooperation with Fontys’ partner universities in other countries.


Fontys campuses are equipped with computer rooms, libraries and student restaurants. Wireless internet is available throughout the campuses, enabling students to bring their laptop. In this way students can work, study, search for information whenever they want. The Student Facilities department at Fontys University of Applied Sciences offers advice and support about financial affairs, course-related matters, practical matters, sports facilities and student associations, supervises during the course of studies and provides information about events relating to the study process.[12]


Fontys International Campus Eindhoven

Fontys International Campus Eindhoven is located in the South-East of the Netherlands, the so-called “Brainport region” which is an international centre of science and technology. This is the place where high-tech companies design and improve state of the art industrial and consumer products for customers all over the world.[13]


Tilburg is known as the cultural city of the Netherlands, with various festivals and art events. Fontys International Campus Tilburg is located on the outskirts of Tilburg and can easily be reached by bus and bike.[14]


Fontys International Campus Venlo
Fontys International Campus Venlo

Fontys Venlo is a young campus with an old history. At first, the Venlo University of Applied Sciences was established on the grounds of the former country estate De Wylderbeek (whose forest still contains protected artifacts from Roman times). In the late 1990s, the institution joined the growing Fontys network.[15] Several renovations and expansions helped the campus buildings ("which were originally build by a congregation of nuns in 1965")[16] remain "state of the art on the inside and outside".[17] Today, the campus houses three institutes: Fontys Teacher Training Academy (FHKE), Fontys University of Applied Sciences for Technology and Logistics (FHTenL) and Fontys International Business School (FIBS).[18]

Although Venlo’s city centre was rebuilt after the Second World War, it has buildings dating back to the 14th century. The city retained the historical significance of its monuments and old facades. Ald Weishoes (Old Orphanage), Romerhoes (Roman House), the Stadhuis (City Hall) and the St. Martinuskerk (St. Martin's Church) are just some of the many historic buildings in Venlo's city centre.[19] From 2013 to 2015, together with The Hague, Venlo was chosen to have the best city centre in The Netherlands.[20]

Both, the close location to the river Meuse (one of three major rivers in the Netherlands) and Germany make Venlo one of Europe’s most important logistics hotspots. It is accessible via six surrounding airports: Eindhoven Airport, Maastricht Aachen Airport, Düsseldorf Airport, Weeze Airport, Cologne Bonn Airport and Dortmund Airport. Venlo's international focus and strong sense of entrepreneurship is represented in the international Fontys campus in Venlo having students from over 50 nationalities.[21]

Study Programmes[edit]

Fontys provides full-time study programmes. Several programmes are offered in English or German.[22]

United KingdomGermany English and German Bachelor's programmes[edit]

Business and Management[edit]

  • International Business (English)
  • International Finance Management and Control (English or German)
  • International Marketing Management (English or German)
  • International Fresh Business Management (English or German)
  • International Lifestyle Studies (English)
  • International Professional Communication Management (English)
  • Communication - International Event, Music and Entertainment Studies (English)
  • Marketing Management – Digital Business Concepts (English)

ICT and Engineering[edit]

  • Industrial Engineering & Management (English)
  • Mechatronics Engineering (English or German)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering (English)
  • Mechanical Engineering (English or Dutch-German language mix)
  • Information & Communication Technology (specializations: ICT & Software Engineering, ICT & Business, ICT & Technology) (English or German)
  • Software Engineering or Business Informatics (English or German)
  • Industrial Product Design (Dutch-German language mix )


  • Logistics (specializations: Logistics and Economics, Logistics Engineering) (English or German)
  • International Fresh Business Management (English or German)


  • Physiotherapy (English)


  • Circus and Performance Art (English)
  • Dance Academy (English)

United Kingdom English Master's programmes[edit]

Exchange programmes[edit]

Fontys has over 100 partner universities around the world, including Australia, Canada, China, Finland, Hong Kong, Italy, Mexico, UK, United States, Vietnam and Zambia (to name only a few). In the third academic year, Fontys students are given the opportunity of studying abroad for one semester at one of the mentioned partner universities.[24] Alternatively, students can choose to stay at Fontys and take part in one of many academic minors (secondary academic discipline) such as International Business Management, Trendwatching, Game Business or Event Management.[25]


Fontys student dormitory "Carpe Diem", Venlo
Fontys student dormitory "Delos", Venlo

Through own student dormitories and contracts with landlords Fontys offers enough places to accommodate all its international students. All student apartments are furnished and located close to Fontys and/or the city centre.[26]

Student Company/Software Factory[edit]

Together with about 10 students from different study programmes, all business students at Fontys in Venlo start their own company which is officially registered in the Dutch Commercial Registry. For nearly a year the students manage their company including: writing a business plan, selling shares to finance your entrepreneurial activities, developing and selling a product/service, and filing a tax report. All positions and functions such as General Manager, Marketing Manager or Finance Manager within the company are filled by students. At the end of the academic year the company is liquidated properly. Over the past years, several Fontys student companies participated in national and international business competitions and were awarded for their success business.[27] Engineering students at Fontys Venlo take part in the Software Facory where they develop customized software solutions for cooperating companies.[28]

Internships/Work Placements[edit]

During their studies, all Fontys students do two internships (one semester in the third and fourth academic year). Internships can be done in the Netherlands or abroad. Students chose the company themselves but Fontys also provides a list of local and international partner companies. During both internships students work on a specific company project. They are supervised by one university lecturer and one company employee. Amongst others, these internships are useful for building a professional network and getting work experience which eases getting a job after studies.[29]

Partner Companies[edit]

Fontys has partnerships with more than 500 international companies including 3M, Adidas, Bayer, BMW, Coca-Cola, Daimler AG, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Henkel, IKEA, KPMG, L'Oréal, Metro AG, Nike, Inc., Philips, Porsche, Robert Bosch GmbH, Siemens, Sony, Vodafone and Volkswagen. These companies either offer projects and/or internships to Fontys students.

Student Organizations[edit]

Fontys has several student associations throughout its campuses:

KBC: Fontys Venlo student consultancy
Fontys Venlo football club

DaVinci - first student association in Venlo founded in 1999[30]

FC FSV-Venlo - official Fontys Venlo football club playing at Seacon stadium of VVV-Venlo[31]

Fontys4Fairtrade - Fontys Venlo sustainability committee working on projects to raise awareness for the environment and sustainability[32]

Knowledge Business Consulting (KBC) - student-run business consultancy headquartered in Fontys Venlo providing consultancy services to companies in both Germany and the Netherlands[33]

Omnia - IBMS Venlo student association organizing various events on campus[34]

Student Sports Venlo - Organizing sports for students: Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis, Rowing, Fitness and Urban Dance[35]

Notable alumni[edit]

KLM CEO Piet Elbers in Fontys Magazine


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