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International Class: 'Education in an Urban Environment'

Exchange programme

The School of Education offers an International Class: ‘Education in an Urban Environment’, which offers exchange students of Teacher Training Primary and Secondary Education the possibility to learn to teach in a very diverse context.

Students can follow masterclasses about teaching in an urban environment, do short internships at schools, collaborate through Problem-based Learning (PBL) and go on excursions and school visits. In addition, it is possible to choose some subjects in English, French or German. International students with a good command of the Dutch language can choose from a wide range of courses in Dutch as well. Students are expected to have a language level similar to CEFR B2.

The programme covers various topics that are important for teaching in an urban environment, such as the Dutch education system, the issue of equal opportunities, parent involvement, responsive teaching and citizenship education. There is also a focus on getting to know the country and the city of Rotterdam.

School of Education

The School of Education provides Bachelor's degree programmes in primary as well as secondary, vocational, and adult education. We train our students for teaching in primary education, the junior years of higher general and pre-university secondary education, and the entire curricula of pre-vocational and vocational secondary education.

Facts and figures

The programme at a glance

Programme information

What to expect

About the programme

This programme is suitable for students who are preparing for the profession of a teacher in Primary or Secondary Education. The study load of this programme is 30 ECTS. However, for students who only need 15 ECTS it’s also possible to join the programme only from September until November. The entire programme runs from September until January.

NOTE: It’s not possible to only join the 2nd part of this programme, so from November until January.


This programme doesn't offer a fixed set of regular courses. Students are expected to:

  • Join masterclasses
  • Work independently in small groups on various practical problems (Problem-based Learning)
  • Do a one-week internship
  • Join excursions and working visits
  • Participate in intervision sessions and study progress evaluations 

Problem-based learning

Problem-based learning (PBL) is a method of education in which the student is at the center and the teacher is guide on the side. In PBL students themselves are responsible for their own learning process and have control to a certain degree over the choice of literature. Education does not only take place in lecture halls, but most of the time in small groups of about ten students. In these tutorial meetings students discuss “problems” using a procedure called the seven-step approach. In order to support the learning process, there are a number of roles in the tutorial group. One student acts as chair, another as scribe and the whole process is supervised by a tutor. Discussing problems with the seven-step approach and performing the tasks of chair, scribe or tutor requires a number of skills. In PBL the group is jointly responsible for the quality of the learning process and for the success of the meeting. It is therefore important that all students prepare well, participate actively in the tutorial meetings, and explain the studied materials in their own words.


Block 1

  ECTS Type of assessment
Teaching in an Urban Environment 1 (PBL and Masterclasses) 5 ECTS Reflection paper + presentation
Internship week 3 ECTS
Intervision 2 ECTS
Single courses* 5 ECTS Oral or written exam, portfolio or assignment


Block 2

  ECTS Type of assessment
Teaching in an Urban Environment 2 (PBL and Masterclasses) 5 ECTS Reflection paper + presentation
Internship week 3 ECTS
Intervision 2 ECTS
Single courses* 5 ECTS Oral or written exam, portfolio or assignment


*Students can add single courses, depending on their interest, knowledge and language skills. Please go to "Subjects" on this page to learn more about our available courses. 

Learning outcomes

This programme aims to encourage urban teaching and develop the skills that are necessary to become an effective and productive urban teacher. 

The main learning outcomes are to:

  • Increase understanding of cross cultural barriers, feelings and questions when operating in an unfamiliar environment
  • Improve cross-cultural adaptation
  • Increase skill level through practice, coaching and application
  • Increase awareness, skills, confidence and results for communicating effectively, accurately and respectfully across cultures
  • Incorporate cultural awareness, inclusion and tolerance into educational settings.


Block 1

Week 0 Introduction and excursion
Week 1 - 5 PBL and Masterclasses
Week 6 Internship
Week 7 PBL and Masterclasses
Week 8  Autumn Break
Week 9 PBL and Masterclasses
Week 10 Exams/Presentations


Block 2

Week 1 Introduction, excursion and internship
Week 2 - 6 PBL and Masterclasses
Week 7 Christmas Break
Week 8 PBL and Masterclasses
Week 9 PBL and Masterclasses
Week 10 Exams/Presentations


NOTE: One semester (September - January) is divided into two blocks. For students who need 15 ECTS, it's possible to only join block 1.


After successfully completing your exchange programme at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, you will receive a:

  • Transcript of Records


An indication of the subjects you can expect


Where you can find us
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Museumpark 40 3015 CX Rotterdam

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