During the programme

You learn what it is to be a teacher and how to teach French language and culture to young people, with a work placement at a training school from year one. During years 1, 2 and 3 you will do mandatory Stay Abroad modules, spending time in a French speaking country.

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Content of the Teacher Education in French programme

Teacher Education in French covers 3 components:

  • The French Language – Grammar, Phonetics, Literature and such.
  • Methodological Practice – How to teach a second language through the communicative approach.
  • Pedagogical Practice – the essence of being a teacher: child development psychology and such.

As part of these components you will also do a 3,5-year internship and engage in practical research at your internship school.

During the time you'll spend in France you will put your language skills further into practice.

Many of your classes will be taught in French, so your fluency and understanding of the language will increase quickly. From early on you'll know what it's like to be a teacher, as you will be in front of a classroom from November onwards! During an excursion to France you will be able to use your newly-improved language skills and gain new cultural experiences.


By now, you've found out what kind of teacher you want to be and which school type suits you. You teach one day a week and study teaching methodology. By the end of year 2, you choose at which Dutch school type you want to teach.

From year 3, you spend two days a week in front of the classroom. You learn about language learning in practice and how you can help your students master the French language.

Your final year focuses on completing your degree. About half of your time is spent doing an internship at a Dutch secondary school, where you teach your own classes and undertake a research project for the school, supported by us and your school supervisor. The other semester is free for you to fill in, for instance by doing a minor.

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Hours a week


Hours a week
  • 40%Practice
  • 60%Theory
  • 40%Individual work
  • 60%Groupwork

    Want to know more about this programme?

    Are you ambitious? Do you want more from your degree? You can follow our Honours programme alongside your regular coursework. Once you have completed your coursework and a final graduation project, you will be awarded the Honours Certificate.

    During HU's Teacher Education in French programme you will encounter the following teaching methods:

    • Lecture
    • Tutorials
    • Project groups
    • Internship
    • Simulation
    • Skills training
    • Consultation and discussions

    Courses conclude with exams, tests, assignments, essays or portfolios. Exams may also be broken down into partial exams (or partial tests). Exams are held at the end of each term and are posted on the examination timetable.

    At the end of your first year, you will receive study advice. For example whether the programme is suitable for you or not, or that you may need to draw up a study plan with the study career counsellor. This advice is not binding. Of course, we assume that you will weigh the advice carefully and take it into account in your choice of study.

    During the programme you work in learning teams: small groups of students who learn and study together: a fun way to get to know people and build language skills too! A team has more or less twelve students, guided by a coach and lecturers.

    Talented and ambitious students can opt for a five-year course that leads to a double Bachelor’s degree: one in French and one in another language. You will have an additional workload of around eight to ten hours a week.

    As our Teacher Education in French programme trains you to become a teacher, internships at Dutch schools and teaching practice are a key part of the programme from day one.

    Why study Teacher in French at HU?

    • You are taught in French

      Having your classes in French means you are immersed in the language from the start, allowing you to become fluent and confident quickly.

    • Double degree

      It is possible to obtain a double degree, making you qualified to teach two languages and boosting your prospects of finding a teaching position. 

    • Teaching practice is at the heart of the programme

      Since HU places a strong emphasis on practice, you will be able to use what you've learnt straight away.

    aleksandra kostrzewa

    "The programme allows for a lot of practical experience, you are assigned to an internship already in your first year and get to observe real-life lessons."

    Aleksandra Kostrzewa (20) Student Teacher Education in English and French (double degree)
    Hajar Labhar

    "For people who don’t just like languages but love teaching as well, who are ready to dedicate their life to share knowledge, I would highly recommend the Teaching programmes at HU!"

    Hajar Labhar (19) First year student
    Three students stand in front of the colourful façade of Padualaan 97 in Utrecht

    Interested in the Bachelor's programme Teacher Education in French?