• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Do you like to lead by example and to contribute to children’s education? Does the idea of working with children of different nationalities and experiencing other cultures appeal to you? In that case, enrolling in the International Teacher Education for Primary Schools (ITEPS) programme at NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences may be the smartest career choice you will ever make!


Key facts

  • Outstanding job prospects, with the demand for primary teachers at international schools worldwide set to increase from 2016.
  • You will be trained to teach at international schools throughout the world.
  • Perfectly prepared for a competitive job market.
  • Classes with a high level of personal attention.
  • Extensive teaching experience in the Netherlands, Europe and beyond.

Career opportunities

Your job as a teacher will be as inspiring and creative as any job can be, but of course it also comes with its share of responsibilities. You will learn how to apply your professional skills and knowledge to support children of different ages, nationalities, cultures and talents. You will be expected to know how to communicate with parents. You work independently, with your colleagues, and other education professionals.

Careers open to you after graduation from the International Teacher Education for Primary Schools (ITEPS) programme at NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences include:

  • International Primary School Teacher
  • Educational Assistant
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Principal or Deputy Principal

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Subjects include:

  • Art and Culture
  • Inclusive Education
  • Religion and Intercultural Understanding
  • History and Geography
  • Science and Technology
  • Physical Education and Health

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

To be admitted to one of the bachelor programmes you have to meet certain admission requirements. NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences recognises the following general international qualifications:  

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or European Baccalaureate Diploma
  • High School diploma from an accredited institution
  • Four GCSE/GCE ‘O’ level passes (final grade A, B or C) and two ‘AS’ level passes. These six passes combined must all be in different subjects.
  • Associate, bachelor's or master's degree 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8349 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8349 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Meppel

  • 780 - 1160 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


If you are thinking about applying to NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, you may be eligible for a scholarship. We are a proud partner in the Holland Scholarship and Orange Tulip Scholarship programmes. These scholarships award selected international undergraduate students from outside the EU/EEA with a one-time financial contribution. 

In addition, NHL Stenden starts with a new Excellency Scholarship for bachelor students. This is a performance-based scholarship. This means that you cannot apply for it before starting your studies. It will be granted to our best-performing NON-EU/EEA bachelor students during their first and second year of being a student at NHL Stenden. 

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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