International Teacher Education for Secondary Schools (ITESS)

Practical matters International Teacher Education for Secondary Schools (ITESS)

Below you will find the requirements for admission to this study programme.

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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.

Language Requirements

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 with a minimum overall score of 6.0** (with an advised minimum of 5.0 for each skill)  

  • TOEFL iBT with a minimum score of 80** We accept the following TOEFL iBT tests:  

    • TOEFL iBT 

    • TOEFL iBT Paper Edition  

    • TOEFL iBT Home Edition (We are aware that some centers, offering recognized tests, are temporarily closed. NHL Stenden decided to accept the TOEFL iBT Home Edition test on a temporarily bases. International students whose educational program starts during the academic year 2021-2022 or 2022-2023 can make use of this temporarily test). Before registering for this test, you can include our TOEFL institution code of C652 for the verification process. Original test results must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to NHL Stenden.  

  • Cambridge ESOL score FCE-C (169, or higher).  

  • TOEIC score 670* (Listening and Reading) and 290 (Speaking and Writing). 

*We only accept TOEIC® certificates from public programmes and not from institutional programmes. Public programmes are organized in public centres and deliver 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

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Languages requirements grades and scale

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

Living in Groningen

Groningen is one of the best-liked university towns in the Netherlands.
NHL Stenden offer international ITESS students help in finding accommodation during their first year in Groningen.
Please send an email to itess@nhlstenden.com for more information. The housing agency StudentStay gives priority to international ITESS students in Groningen.

See also www.athomeingroningen.com for general information on student accommodation for international and Dutch students.

Questions?

For specific questions about the ITESS programme, email itess@nhlstenden.com
For questions to ITESS students, email itess@student.nhlstenden.com

You are welcome to join ITESS classes for a day. Send us an email and make an appointment with an ITESS student who will be your guide.

Woud you like to find out what current students think of ITESS? Check out the website where they tell you all about their experience and community!

Fees

EU students (per year) €1,084
NON-EU students (per year) €8,350