Internationalise your classroom

Programme code:  OA-MININTDIV-15  
Semester:   Fall
Number of ECTS:  30 
Language of instruction:  English 

Profile of the programme

General description
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. Events in one part of the world may have a powerful effect on societies in another part. 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 with culturally diverse backgrounds. Given 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. This minor offers an innovative way to influence student teachers’ intercultural and international development and prepare them for teaching culturally diverse student populations.

Course content

You will start by working on a range of topics which enables students of teacher training institutions to acquire the knowledge and to develop the competences, skills and attitudes to become a Teacher in Europe. We will compare different educational systems in Europe, explore European educational policies and analyse the role of Europe in different curricula.

Students will also work on their skills in the module Toolbox for Internationalisation. You will develop an understanding of the relevance and importance of internationalisation at home and abroad in both the primary and secondary school curriculum. In doing so, students will also learn how to develop innovative tools to help internationalise the curriculum and the classroom. You will learn how to apply ICT and  blended/online learning (e-twinning, COIL) in your classroom, while also collaborating and working with student teachers around the world.

Increasing your knowledge of global citizenship and diversity and your competence in intercultural sensitivity is a third important goal of this minor. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills in order to become world citizens, who are equipped and prepared to function and communicate effectively and comfortably in an ever increasingly connected and globalised world. Consequently students will be able to prepare the pupils they will teach in the future to become world citizens. Students will learn how to recognise and manage diversity within the classroom while also raising awareness about its importance amongst their pupils.

Students will do a short and intensive school-practice/internship at an international or bilingual Dutch school (primary or secondary education), for half a semester. This challenging international environment offers students the opportunity to research internationalisation of educational activities or problems surrounding these activities. 

Students formulate their own learning objectives for the school-practice according to their teaching experience and personal and professional development.

School Practice and School Visits
During this minor, every student completes an internship  and carries out research-based assignments at a school for primary or secondary education in The Netherlands. Take into account that there will be extra travel costs to travel to your practice school! During the minor you will also examine various case studies and make schools visits to primary / secondary schools, international schools, bilingual schools and schools with a European curriculum.
Who is the course for
This program is designed for International and Dutch teacher training students who wish to specialise in international education and who are aiming for careers in international or bilingual schools at both primary and secondary level, around the world, or that are interested in internationalising their classroom at home. Students interested in topics such as teaching their subject from an international perspective, intercultural awareness, educational exchanges and digital media in the classroom will be able to expand their knowledge and develop their ideas during this minor. As this minor is offered in English, it will give you the opportunity to work on your English-language skills as well.
Potential employment options
This minor is dedicated to prepare future teachers  to work effectively in international and multicultural settings.
Potential for further studies
This course may serve as a foundation for further studies such as a master’s degree or specialisation in international education.
Details of the proposed study programme
Students follow courses during a 5-month period in which they can earn 30 ECTS (European credits). This minor will take place in the period from the 1st of September until the end of January.

Entry requirements

The minor is taught in English. A high level of English is an important condition to follow this minor. An overall score (in speaking, reading and writing) of B2 or higher (Common European Framework) is recommended for an active and successful participation in this minor.

Course structure diagram

Course unit title  Number of ECTS 
Teacher in Europe
Toolbox for Internationalisation 
Global Citizenship and Diversity

School-based Research Project

School practice  10


Joske van Dulmen ( and Anouk Zuurmond (

More information

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