International Teacher Education for Primary Schools (ITEps)

(B International Teacher Education for Primary Schools (ITEps), Bachelor’s Degree (4 years), Full-time

Do you enjoy working with children? 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 International Teacher Education for Primary Schools (ITEps) may be the smartest career choice you will ever make!

  • 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.



  • Bachelor of Education

Study start

  • September


  • Meppel


  • English

Standard duration

4 years


This course amounts to a total of 240 ECTS.


  • EU students (per year) € 1.084,-
  • NON-EU students (per year) €8,350
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Application deadlines

EU: 15 August
Non-EU: 31 May
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On completing the International Teacher Education for Primary Schools (ITEps) programme, you will be able to teach at (privately funded) international schools, what is the big majority. To teach at publicly funded international schools you will need a teaching qualification, as you will need one to teach at national schools.  Most likely you may choose to work in education, but you will find that your degree is also a highly valued commodity in a range of other fields.

Inspiring job

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 include:

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

Admission requirements

Academic Requirements

To be admitted to one of our 4-year bachelor programmes, you will need to meet the admission requirements as outlined in Dutch Higher Education law. For a 4 -year bachelor programme at NHL Stenden, you need a diploma that is at least equivalent to an NLQF 4/EQF 4 level (Dutch/European Qualifications Framework)* and comparable to the required Dutch diploma.

The Central Student Administration at NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences carries out an assessment on every individual application to our 4-year bachelor programmes. It generally recognises the international qualifications listed here**

If the qualification you will obtain or have obtained is not listed as a recognised qualification, you may still be eligible to study at NHL Stenden and should also apply for the programme through Studielink. Your qualifications will be assessed by an Admissions Officer at the Central Student Administration (CSA) department at NHL Stenden once you have submitted your application.

If it is unclear what the equivalent level of your secondary school diploma is within the Dutch education system, NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences will have your diploma evaluated by Nuffic, a Dutch organisation specialised in the assessment of international qualifications. For an indication of how your educational system compares to the Dutch system, please visit the Nuffic website.

* The European Qualifications Framework (EQF) is a tool for understanding and comparing qualifications awarded in different countries and by different education and training systems. Its eight levels are described in terms of learning outcomes: knowledge, skills and competences. The levels of the Dutch Qualification Framework (NLQF) are linked to the levels of the EQF.

** All applications are assessed on an individual basis by the Central Student Administration (CSA) even if your diploma is listed as a recognised qualification. Although this document has been composed carefully by NHL Stenden, rights cannot be derived from this overview.

All non-EU/EEA applicants are required to submit an English proficiency test with their application to show that their English language skills are at a high enough level to succeed in their studies.

Exceptions can be made for students who have had their preparatory education in a country where English is the only official educational language.

If you are applying for a bachelor degree and hold a diploma from a European institution listed here, and English was included as part of the final exam curriculum, then the additional English language test is not required. The same applies to students who have attained General Certificates of Secondary Education (enough O and A/AS levels with the sufficient score), the European Baccalaureate Certificate, International Baccalaureate Diploma, or an IB career-related programme taught fully in English.

All other applicants need to submit a valid and adequate English language test result with their application.

NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences accepts four kinds of official language tests in accordance with the Code of Conduct International Student in Dutch Higher Education:
• Academic IELTS 6.0 ** (with an advised minimum of 5.0 for each skill) 
• TOEFL 550 ** (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 80 (internet-based). Original test results must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to NHL Stenden. The TOEFL institution code for NHL Stenden is C652. 
• Cambridge ESOL score FCE-C (169, or higher). 
• TOEIC *670 (Listening and Reading) and 290 (Speaking and Writing). 

*We only accept TOEIC® certificates from public programs and not from institutional programs. Public programs are organized in public centers and delivers an official score report which is recognized worldwide.
** IELTS, TOEFL and TOEIC certificates more than 2 years old (at the start date of the study), will not be accepted. 

View the comparison of the different scores.

Please note: If you do not yet have the necessary level in English, you may enrol in our Preparatory English Language Course.

All prospective ITEps students are obliged to complete the intake procedure, which consists of:

  1. Completing the questionnaire / mini portfolio (automatically sent after applying).                                    
  2. Submitting a CV and a letter of motivation (A4), introducing themselves and explaining why they want to become an international primary school teacher. This can be submitted to
  3. Taking part in an (online*) assessment, including an intake interview. Assessment dates: 19 Jan, 16 Mar, 25 May, 29 June.
  4. Undergoing a police clearance/child protection (VOG) procedure in September 2019.

* the online assessment is available for students who live abroad and more than 500 km away from Meppel.

After applying in Studielink more information about this procedure will be sent to you automatically.

Living in Meppel

When you join the ITEps community, you probably want to move to Meppel. Learn more about the living options here.

About the course

ITEps offers a diverse range of subjects and a strong practical focus. You will gain extensive experience teaching at international primary schools in the Netherlands and abroad. There you will work on developing educational, pedagogical and teaching skills.


In your second and third year, you choose two specialised subjects, attending classes either at NHL Stenden’s campus in the Netherlands or at one of our partner schools in Denmark or Norway.

These subjects include:

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

Practical learning

International Opportunities

Education concept

Since we feel it’s important that our programmes meet employers’ needs and requirements, we make a point of working closely with professionals in the field. You and your fellow students will work on practical assignments in small teams, with your learning objectives being a central focus. Our teachers know you personally and will support you throughout your academic career. They will help you to acquire all the knowledge and skills you will need to make the difference as a professional in the future. All NHL Stenden programmes are working towards a system of Design Based Education (DBE), which puts co-creation with professionals in the field front and centre. You will be working in small teams of students, teachers, researchers, and industry professionals.