Internationalise your Classroom

As the world keeps changing and classrooms become more diverse, you, as a future teacher, need to be able to adapt. This programme is designed for international and Dutch teacher training students who wish to specialise in international education.

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If you are aiming for a career in international or bilingual education at primary or secondary level, around the world, or interested in internationalising your classroom at home, this minor is for you. Besides theoretical courses, you will do a short and intensive school-practice/internship at an international or bilingual Dutch school (primary or secondary education), for half a semester.

Useful to know

Start moment September
Number of ECTS 30 Dutch Education System
Programme level Minor
Programme code OA-MININTDIV-15
Language of instruction English
Year of study Year 3 or 4
Practical Matters Housing and Immigration
Location Utrecht Science Park

Course content

What do you need to enter this programme? And what can you expect when you apply? In this section you'll find all you need to know!

Under the effects of globalisation, education in Europe and beyond is constantly changing. Primary and secondary schools have to be prepared to educate their students for a world in which everything seems to be connected.

Rapid developments in technology and communication and instant access to information about ideas, goods and services from all over the globe have an influence on students’ and teachers’ ideas, values and knowledge. Consequently, educational learning systems and teaching methods need to change to adapt to these developments. At the same time, teachers have to teach classrooms with students from diverse backgrounds.

Given all this, you as student teacher need to be prepared and equipped with the skills and knowledge to be able to adapt to these changes. You need to educate your students to be responsive to the challenges and opportunities of this changing globalised society and economy we live in. You can help your students to be competent in diverse settings and to have respect for different cultures.

Our minor programme Internationalise your Classroom offers an innovative way to influence student teachers' intercultural and international development, and prepares you for teaching culturally diverse student populations.

Would you like to know more about this programme or do you have a specific question? Please contact the programme coordinator, Petra Oostveen or Tessa Dessing-Zanen.


The programme takes place during one semester and contains the following:

Course unit title


Teacher in Europe


Toolbox for Internationalisation


Global Citizenship and Diversity


School-based Research Project


School Practice


In our Course Guide you can find all relevant information about the programme in one practical document. Download it here for your convenience.

This minor programme is designed for teacher training students (all subjects) preparing for a career in primary or secundary education.

English CEFR level B2.

Please note: When you apply for this minor, you have to include a letter of recommendation from one of your teachers, stating that your English proficiency is sufficient for an exchange programme. You may be asked to take a language assessment test before the start of the programme. If your English language skills are below the required level, you may not be able to enter the course, as you need to be able to actively participate in (parts of) the programme. In all cases, the programme manager makes the final decision.

Practical information

When you move to a different country to study, there are lots of things to arrange. For instance, where will you live, how much are the costs? Visit our practical information page to help you prepare your stay. It is also important to start arranging a living space as soon as possible. Our housing pages will help you on your way. A student living in the Netherlands needs about € 800 - 1000 a month to cover living expenses, such as housing, food and transportation. This includes insurances – health insurance is mandatory.

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Ready for an international adventure?

Why choose HU?

  • Prepare yourself for the international classroom of tomorrow

    Learning, working and growing together with an international group of fellow future teachers, you will achieve a solid background in teaching in the diverse and connected world of tomorrow.

  • Inspiring international setting

    HU supports your ambitions. Our lecturers will tutor and assist you in making the most of this international programme. During your time in Utrecht, you will meet students from all over the world and make connections to last a lifetime.

  • Utrecht Science Park Campus

    Studying at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht means you get to enjoy all the benefits of our modern campus, Utrecht Science Park (USP). A miniature city with the universities' buildings, student housing, restaurants, cafés, a sports centre, and much more, it enjoys excellent transport links to Utrecht and beyond.

  • Vibrant university city Utrecht

    Beautiful Utrecht has lots of young people and excellent facilities for student life. It has a mediaeval city centre which is small enough to explore by foot or bicycle. Enjoy a drink next to the quaint canals or dine in one of the converted wharf cellars.

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