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Welcome to X-Honours!

X-Honours is an extracurricular program from NHL Stenden for students who are open-minded, curious and want to go the extra mile. We meet every Wednesday afternoon in Meppel, Groningen, Emmen (X-lab, room K1.04), and Leeuwarden (the X-Lab). During this time, we have workshops where we solve certain problems or we have inspirational speakers, which can be students. More and more, the program is also lead by students of the program, who want to share their passions and experiences. When students are abroad or on internships, we keep in touch online. That way all students can continue with X-Honours during all parts of their studies.

The program is based on five pillars, which are the following.

This vlog is from 2019. An updated vlog is in the making.

Growing on pillars

During your time at X-Honours you develop yourself on several pillars:

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The programme

In the guide (next to this text), you can find more detailed information. If you think about starting X-Honours, open the guide and read it before starting. Here are some highlights:

  • In X-Honours, you create your own route with activities and projects of your choice. This way, you can combine X-Honours with the various things that you are already working on, and work on the five pillars in a way that fits your learning preferences and personal goals.
  • This way you can continue to work on the pillars, even when you are temporarily not on location, but abroad or on an internship.
  • You get support from a coach, a coaching group, and a community of students and professionals.
  • We offer an inspiring programme on Wednesday afternoons on the locations Emmen, Groningen, Meppel and Leeuwarden with guest lectures, challenging questions, workshops, excursions and discussions. You will also work on your projects and meet your peers.
  • When you start X-Honours, or the new programme, then you will follow the onboarding programme during the first semester.
  • You can start with the programme at two different moments per academic year: September and February. 

Are you ready to join X-Honours?

The X-Honours guide

Click on the image below to open the X-Honours guide in a new window.

Our student's projects

As an X-Honours student, you formulate your own learning outcomes on the pillars. In order to achieve them,you can do many different activities that we call projects. They can either be initiated by X-Honours, from a student in the programme, from outside, or maybe you have your own idea.  

The website you are looking at now is one of those student-initiated projects. Students and coaches with different expertises have worked together on creating content, and are constantly improving the website. This is a nice example of the projects we do at X-Honours.  If you are curious to some more examples, see the Wall of Honours.

More detailed information about projects and activities can be found under projects

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The X-Labs

In the locations Leeuwarden, Groningen, Emmen and Meppel we meet weekly. We strive for our own space: X-Labs. In Leeuwarden and Emmen we have realised this already.

In Emmen there’s an X-lab (K1.04, Kennispoort, ground floor, upstairs). On the other locations things are developing and rooms might change weekly.

The X-Lab in Leeuwarden is a space created by members of the X-Honours program. This includes students, coaches and especially Martin who is always trying to find ways to make the Lab even nicer and more welcoming. It is a place where you can work and get things done, but also meet people and have a good time together. We meet there outside of Honours and have dinner together or order pizza and play games or watch movies.

The X-Lab is an inspiring place to be, it is full of different projects, memories and plants and most of the times it feels more like a big living room rather than a classroom. You always meet new and interesting people there. It connects all of us. It is a ‘safe spot’ where everybody can be themselves. Students follow their passions, so don’t be surprised if you see someone playing the piano or the guitar, or painting.

Interested? Just come by and spend some time there and experience it yourself.

NHL Stenden locations

On the NHL Stenden locations down below it is possible to follow the X-Honours programme. You can find our contact details down below the page.

NHL Stenden Leeuwarden


NHL Stenden Hogeschool
Rengerslaan 8-10
The X-Lab (room N-D.0037)
8917 DD Leeuwarden

NHL Stenden Emmen


NHL Stenden Hogeschool
Van Schaikweg 94
7811 KL Emmen



NHL Stenden Hogeschool
Van der Duyn van Maasdamstraat 1
7942 AT Meppel



NHL Stenden Hogeschool
Eemsgolaan 17
9727 DW Groningen