Avans University of Applied Sciences

The basic principle of Avans University of Applied Sciences is rooted in and springs from its social environment. To maintain and expand its value within its environment, Avans must continue to meet the changing demands of the labour market and the world of work.


Avans University of Applied Sciences was founded on 1 January 2004 following a merger of Hogeschool Brabant and Hogeschool ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

We stand for:

  • security
  • inspiration
  • sincerity

We are located in three cities in the southern part of the Netherlands:

  • Breda
  • ‘s-Hertogenbosch
  • Tilburg

At Avans University of Applied Sciences, around 29,000 students study 54 different courses. 2,400 employees work at 20 schools, 4 support units and 1 Learning and Innovation Centre.

Mission and identity

Our mission: the best, based on passion and commitment

We aim to develop talent by helping future graduates to become highly qualified professionals, who continuously develop themselves and their profession and who are aware of their social responsibility also from an international perspective.

We aim to contribute towards shaping and realising social, cultural and economic developments in the region by acting as a sustainable partner for regional companies, authorities and organisations in developing, sharing and generating knowledge and carrying out practice-based research.

We aim to be a socially innovative organisation whose staff are committed to using their professional skills to help to develop students, the profession and the region to the best of their ability.

Our ambitions

To ensure that we are:

  • the best comprehensive university of applied sciences* in terms of quality, which prioritises talent development
  • a knowledge partner for (regional) companies, authorities and organisations, with a focus on contributing towards a sustainable society
  • a socially innovative organisation, where successful processes are designed based on demand and the key word is commitment.

We set the bar high, as reflected in our own quality mark.

*The university of applied sciences with the most study programmes rated #1


For general information you can call the receptionist +31 (0) 88 525 75 00.

For questions in relation to studying at Avans University of Applied Sciences you can call Student Info +31 (0) 88 525 75 50.

Our International Office is a supporting unit for all our activities within an international context. Staff members can help you in English on all matters you can think of.

The International Office at all Avans locations
+31 88 525 80 01

Postal address
Postbus 90.116
4800 RA Breda
The Netherlands

Home page: http://www.avans.nl/international