Avans Saxion

Profile of the university

Saxion University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest institutions of higher education in the Netherlands, with close to 27,000 students (and still growing!). Saxion University has a rich history -its roots can be traced back to the 1875. A merger of two educational institutions, the Hogeschool Enschede and Hogeschool IJselland, in 1998 paved the way for Saxion University in its present form. This merger enabled Saxion to build further on its strong position in Dutch higher education and since then Saxion University has come to be recognised as an important centre of expertise at regional, national and international level.

Location: Saxion University of Applied Sciences has three campuses in the East of the Netherlands - one campus in each of the three Dutch cities of Deventer, Enschede and Apeldoorn. Thanks to the important contribution of agriculture to the local economy, this region is renowned for its beautiful countryside and fairly relaxed pace of life. However, all four Saxion locations have good public transport facilities, meaning that the hustle and bustle of the major cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague is no more than 1½ hours away.

Why choose us?  Quality of education: Saxion offers a broad range of courses at various levels, including many international programmes. The quality of education at Saxion is monitored by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, as well as being accredited by several international bodies, assuring you that the programmes on offer are of a high standard. International approach: We are very proud of our diverse student body. Our international student population tops 3,500 students with a total of 89 different nationalities. Many of Saxion's full-time educational courses are already conducted in English, with more being added each year. Our international classrooms are made up of a mix of students from all over the world. In this way we provide you with a truly multi-cultural experience in which you can compare experiences with and learn from fellow students of different backgrounds and nationalities. Support to students: Education at Saxion is very student-focused and we offer you support not only from an academic point of view but also in terms of your personal development. While studying at Saxion University you will have the opportunity to gain both the knowledge and the skills you require to continue on your chosen career path.

Description of the study program(s)

Risk and Emergency Management

In spite of proactive and preventative efforts to prevent crises and disasters, emergencies still occur. In this exchange semester, we will discuss the core principles of emergency management in the public and private sectors.

About the program

This course focuses on activities related to preparing for and providing assistance or intervention immediately before, during or after a crisis or an emergency situation. During the course, specific attention will be paid to:
  • Crisis and emergency management in the Netherlands – how have preparation and response plans and activities been organised;
  • (Pre-incident) risk and crisis communication;
  • Human factors, basic principles of human error, complexity, and human actions;
  • Business continuity management - what are the critical processes within a company and how can the continuity of its activities be ensured?
  • Ethics - the ethical dilemmas that may result from the choices made during the preparation and response phase;
  • Change management - how can we learn from emergencies and use the lessons learned to handle other incidents?
  • Crisis management - how to coordinate crisis and emergency management.

You will also be working on a group assignment on one of the emergency management topics that are brought in by a public or private partner of Saxion. The assignment will be carried out in the Saxion Safety and Security lab and will be supervised by lecturers at Saxion University.

Details of the program

Educational institution 

Saxion UAS 


Deventer, The Netherlands 

Period of education 

February – June

Level of education 

3th year of Bachelor 

Obtainable credits in ECTS and CATS 

30 ECTS 

Main language 


Admission requirements 

A secondary school certificate and a minimum of two years of higher education in a similar field of expertise. The semester is taught in English. Applicants need an IELTS academic level of 6,0 or higher or a nomination of a partner university.

Contact hours per week 


Form and quantity of tests 

Four reports and four written exams. 
Literature that will be used during the program will be provided during the semester.

Contact Information (Who can be contacted for questions or signing up? and How? 

Erasmus partners can contact their officer for international affairs to be nominated to join this minor. If our universities have no Erasmus partnership, you can join this minor as a free mover. 

E-Mail and telephone
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M. H. Tromplaan 28,
7513 AB Enschede,

Handelskade 75, 
7417 DH Deventer, 

Spoorstraat 29, 
7311 PE Apeldoorn, 


Jeroen Neuvel: +31 (0)88-0191886
Hidde de Jong: +31 (0)88-0195648

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