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Working World Wide: the international competence

Exchange programme

Do you want to learn about different cultures and about how to adjust to different cultural settings? Do you want to get to know more about international law and about which rules and regulations apply to you and your organisation or company? Do you want to understand what is written in newspapers or magazines about economic topics? Then this exchange programme is just made for you!

The exchange programme Working World Wide: the international competence prepares you for an international career by providing a theoretical background and ways and means of applying this background in day-to-day reality. The theory which is acquired in the first part of the programme, will be put into practice in the second part of the programme: an international project. 

Foreign students can choose to carry out their international project in the Netherlands or abroad. Examples of possible projects are: an internship at a Dutch or international organisation or volunteering work.

Facts and figures

The programme at a glance

Programme information

A view of the study programme

About the programme

The international competence

Internationalisation is not a purpose in itself. It is a means to prepare students for learning, living and working in an intercultural society and an international labour market. Due to migration, increasing mobility and technological developments, our living and working environments have become increasingly diverse. Nowadays, we are regularly in contact with people from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds, and many organisations deal with international clients, products or services on a daily basis. An international experience is therefore often linked to gaining competences for global citizenship and employability in a globalised labour market. In the context of internationalisation we call this international competence, which refers to three overarching learning outcomes that students can obtain through international activities.


The way we work within this programme:

The lectures will be both online and off line and will contain theory and (individual and group) assignments. The international project will be an internship, voluntary work or research. 

Type of assessment

The programme has been divided into five modules and you will get marks per module through a portfolio consisting of either presentations, assignments, papers or a reflection paper. Some assignments may be realised in working groups and in principle each member will receive the same mark. Other assignments will be done individually.  

Learning outcomes

There are three overarching learning outcomes that students can obtain through international activities: 

  1. Intercultural competence: Students have the knowledge, attitudes and skills that enable them to interact successfully with people from diverse (linguistic and cultural) backgrounds.
  2. International orientationStudents are informed about and engaged with, international organisations, topics and perspectives on:
    1. Societal and global issues, such as inclusion, refugees, climate change, sustainability and supranational  institutions such as the European Union.
    2. Disciplines and professions, such as international knowledge, techniques and perspectives on how to perform one’s profession and on international updates about one’s profession.
    3. Legal problems arising in the area of international business.
    4. International economics, such as economic growth, unemployment, protectionism, integration, exchange rate systems, fiscal and monetary policies, economics behind Brexit or trade conflicts between China and USA.
  3. Personal qualities: An international experience can contribute to personal development and growth, such as becoming more independent, self-aware, flexible and adaptable. These competences are not merely acquired through, or relevant to, international contexts. However, they can be vital to the success of an international experience, as well as enhanced through such an experience.


Week Activity
1 Introduction and classes
2- 8 Classes
9 Wrap up of assignments for modules, last preparations for international project
10 - 18 International project (abroad or in the Netherlands)
19 Farewell lunch and assessment meetings international project


After 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

After your study programme

Career Perspectives

Working World Wide gets you prepared for an international career by providing a theoretical background and ways and means of applying this background in day-to-day reality.

Location Kralingse Zoom

Where you can find us
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Kralingse Zoom

Kralingse Zoom 91 3063 ND Rotterdam