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) € 2,168
  • 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 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 

Furthermore, some of our bachelor programmes demand additional entry requirements. These can be found in the list of admissible diplomas. If your diploma is not mentioned in this list, please contact our Information and Registration Center.


All non-EEA applicants are required to submit an English proficiency test with their application. Exceptions are made for students, who have had their preparatory education in a country where English is the official working and educational language. The language requirements for EEA students are the same as for Dutch students. If  your diploma is mentioned in this list and English is included as part of the final curriculum, the additional English language test is not required. The same goes for students who followed the English language programme of the European Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate and have subsequently received the EB-Certificate or IB-Diploma. 

NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences accepts five 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) and 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 are aware that test centres around the world have cancelled and/or postponed exams. Together with governmental organisations and higher education institutions in the Netherlands, we are working on solutions. Please check our Corona Q&A for up to date information. 

View the comparison between the different scores.

Please note: If you do not have the appropriate level, it is possible to enrol in our English Preparatory 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.

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.