Fontys University of Applied Sciences

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Fontys University of Applied Sciences
Fontys Hogescholen
Logo Fontys University of Applied Sciences.jpg
Motto Think bigger
Type 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 the largest Dutch university of applied sciences with over 44.000 students[3] in several campuses located in the southern Netherlands. It 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.


Fontys University of Applied Sciences presents itself as a learning community, which means that the focus of learning is on the development of professional and personal competences in small student groups, in close interaction with the society. Fontys maintains close relationships with industry, business and public services.

The overall management of Fontys University of Applied Sciences lies with the Executive Board. Both the Executive Board and the individual schools call upon the Fontys Support Unit for a range of services. The Support Unit itself comprises a series of departments including ICT services, Student facilities, Administration and Domestic facilities.

Fontys is based in the south of the Netherlands near the border with Germany and Belgium. The three largest Fontys campuses are located in the cities of Eindhoven, Tilburg and Venlo.


Fontys University of Applied Sciences is ranked among the best universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands. The ranking is done annually by the Centre of Higher Education Information and published in the Keuzegids HBO. Next to factors such as student satisfaction and success rates the ranking is based on the accreditation reports of the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO).[5] All Fontys study programmes are accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO) or equivalent British accreditation bodies.[6]

About 11% (4,798) out of the 44,486 Fontys students come from abroad;[7] 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.

Study Programmes[edit]

Fontys provides full-time study programmes. Several programmes are offered in English or German.[8]

English Bachelor's programmes[edit]

Business and Management

  • International Business Economics
  • International Business and Management Studies
  • International Marketing
  • International Fresh Business Management
  • Digital Business Concepts
  • International Event, Music & Entertainment Studies
  • International Lifestyle Studies

ICT and Engineering

  • Industrial Engineering & Management
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Information & Communication Technology (specializations: ICT & Software Engineering, ICT & Business, ICT & Technology)
  • Software Engineering or Business Informatics


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


  • Physiotherapy


  • Academy for Circus and Performance Art
  • Dance Academy

German Bachelor's programmes[edit]

  • International Business Economics
  • International Business and Management Studies
  • International Marketing
  • International Fresh Business Management
  • Industrial Product Design (language mix Dutch-German)
  • Mechatronics
  • Mechanical Engineering (language mix Dutch-German)
  • Logistics
  • Software Engineering
  • Management Informatics

English Master's programmes[edit]

Exchange programmes[edit]

Fontys has over 100 partner universities around the world, including Australia, Canada, Finland, Hong Kong, Mexico, USA, Vietnam (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.[10]

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.[11]


  1. ^ "Fontys website: Facts & Figures". Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  2. ^ "Fontys website: Facts & Figures". Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  3. ^ "Fontys website: Facts & Figures". Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  4. ^ Unify Ltd. "Fontys University of Applied Sciences". Unify. Retrieved 30 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "Fontys within top 5 universities in Keuzegids HBO 2017". Fontys University of Applied Sciences. Retrieved 30 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "NVAO: Fontys Hogescholen". NVAO. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  7. ^ "Eurogates: International Students in The Netherlands". Eurogates. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  8. ^ "Study Programmes". Fontys. Retrieved 30 November 2016. 
  9. ^ Edumaritime. "Fontys University of Applied Sciences - Logistics & Supply Chain Management Education". Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  10. ^ "Study abroad with Fontys Venlo". Fontys Venlo. Retrieved 30 November 2016. 
  11. ^ "Fontys website: Student Facilities". Retrieved 2016-11-30. 

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