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Bachelor in International Teacher Education for Secondary Schools (ITESS)

NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences
Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
September 2022

September 2023

September 2024


Bachelor in International Teacher Education for Secondary Schools (ITESS)

Do you have what it takes to teach the future bright minds of our world? Teaching at international secondary schools may just be the right choice for you. Prepare for a truly meaningful job in this programme aimed fully at international education in the age group between 11 and 16. 

Over the course of four years, you become a qualified and world-wise teacher who can teach at a wide range of international secondary schools. Job prospects are great, as this field is still rapidly growing. And you will have plenty of experience before that, as you practice teaching during your studies at international schools in the Netherlands, Europe and beyond. 

Currently, you can choose any of these main subjects: Mathematics, History, Science, Geography or English.  

Once you have completed the course, you are a confident teacher to all kinds of learners at international and bilingual schools. In practice, this means that you become part of an international and intercultural environment. Together with colleagues, you help your pupils develop into eager, social, and balanced individuals. 

Admission 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 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.


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.

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).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


Bachelor of Education

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for 2022-2023

EU students pay € 2.209 

NON-EU students pay:

  • Bachelor € 8.495

Program content

First year

You explore what it means to assume the role of a teacher in international education. You become aware of your own cultural identity and acquire intercultural skills. You encounter the social aspects of learning and teaching in a global context through the course units of Democratic Citizenship and Educational Studies. You broaden and deepen your knowledge and skills in the main subject field. You apply what you learn in practical tasks and you gain experience by designing and developing educational activities in your subject field. In this year, you will gain an advanced understanding of the English language (C1). In addition, you will experience life at an international school through Teaching Practice.

Second year

In the first semester you prepare for nine weeks of Teaching Practice. You will teach the main subject of your choice at an international school abroad. The theory and practice of research is another point of focus in this year. In the second semester, you cooperate with incoming student teachers from partner universities in your main subject field.

Third year

In the first semester, you prepare for another nine weeks of Teaching Practice. This time around, the focus will be on differentiation and pedagogy. You do more advanced research into didactics based on your personal and professional view of teaching your subject in international education. In the second semester, you get the chance to study abroad at a partner university, choosing a programme that strengthens your profile and employability. In this way, you can broaden your field: a student of Mathematics could add Science for example, and a student of History could add Social Geography. You can also specialise in Inclusion or Educational Leadership, which are special programmes offered at partner universities. For some students, this semester is part of an agreed individual track in ITESS.

Fourth year

You show all-round professional competences at bachelor level in teaching practice and by means of a final portfolio. You develop your English language skills even further (C2) and you round off your main subject field. You demonstrate your didactic know-how in a final paper and through a captivating educational event. You prove your academic capability in a bachelor thesis relevant to international education.


You may choose to specialise in any of the following subjects.

  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies: History
  • English
  • Social Studies: Geography
  • Science

Career opportunities

On completion of this programme, you will be ready for teaching at international and bilingual secondary schools. In this creative and meaningful job, you will work with learners in the age group between 11 and 16.

You join up with colleagues in an international and intercultural environment. Many of your learners have parents who work in a country for some years, and then move on. Your classes often include local learners who want to improve their English and prepare for international higher education.

With your newfound professional skills, you will be a confident teacher to all kinds of learners. With your help, they will acquire the necessary subject knowledge and develop into eager, social, and balanced individuals.

Jobs open to you after graduation (and further specialisation):

  • Teacher at an international secondary school.
  • Coordinator of school programmes or projects.
  • School leader or deputy school leader.
  • (Careers) counsellor.
  • Special educational needs teacher.
  • Teacher in bilingual education.
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