Internationalise your Classroom

For whom

As the world keeps changing and classrooms become more diverse, you, as a future teacher, need to be able to adapt. This programme is designed for international and Dutch teacher training students who wish to specialise in international education.

If you are aiming for a career in international or bilingual education at primary or secondary level around the globe, or interested in internationalising your classroom at home, this minor is for you. Besides theoretical courses, you will do a short and intensive school-practice/internship at an international or bilingual Dutch school (primary or secondary education), for half a semester.

Entry requirements

You are expected to have attained English CEFR level B2.


Education in Europe and beyond is constantly changing. Primary and secondary schools have to be prepared to educate their students for a world in which everything seems to be connected. Rapid developments in technology and communication and instant access to information about ideas, goods and services from all over the globe have an influence on students’ and teachers’ ideas, values and knowledge. Learning systems and teaching methods need to change to adapt to these developments. At the same time, teachers teach classrooms with students from diverse backgrounds.

Given all this, you need to be prepared and equipped with the skills and knowledge to be able to adapt to these changes. You have to educate your students to be responsive to the challenges and opportunities of the changing society we live in. You can help your students to be competent in diverse settings and to have respect for different cultures.

Learning objectives

After completing this minor, you are able to:

  • Demonstrate your view on global citizenship in education in order to raise awareness of it within a school and promote integration into the curriculum.
  • Define culture in its broadest sense, and describe how cultures shape us, and how culture changes.
  • Recognise, identify and appreciate diversity amongst students and use diversity within multicultural and international classroom as opportunities.
  • Identify and critically discuss key-concepts in European educational materials, such as identity, heritage, citizenship and culture.
  • Define internationalisation at home and abroad and explain its relevance within education.
  • Conduct school-based research and collect data and make recommendations for the school where the research was conducted.


The programme takes place during one semester and contains the following courses:

Course Unit Title ECTS
Teacher in Europe 5
Toolbox for Internationalisation 5
Global Citizenship and Diversity 5
School-based Research Project 5
School Practice 10


Course Assessment
Teacher in Europe Exam and Assignments (Pass/Fail)
Toolbox for Internationalisation Portfolio (Pass/Fail)
Global Citizenship and Diversity Take-Home Exam
School-based Research Project Research Report and Presentation
School Practice Report


The following literature will be discussed during the minor. You will receive a definite reading list before the start of the minor.

  • C. Nunez, R. Nunez Mahdi, L. Popma (2017). Intercultural Sensitivity. Van Gorcum
  • Walliman, R. (2011). Research methods. The basics. London: Routledge
  • Sales, A., Traver, J.A. & Garcia, R. (2011). Action Research as a School-Based Strategy in Intercultural Professional Development for Teachers. Teaching and Teacher Education, 27, 911-919
  • Dulmen, J. van (2018). School Practice Assignments. 2016-17 (online)


Classes take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Additional costs