Internships and Practical Learning
While many education systems around the world focus on a lecture style of teaching, University Colleges in Belgium and Universities of Applied Science in the Netherlands focus on practical learning which allows students to apply theoretical knowledge from the classroom in real-life situations.
In Belgium and the Netherlands, students engage in problem-based learning projects which challenge students to solve real problems presented by companies. All programs require a work study or internship as a requirement to graduate. Students will often spend three days a week in the classroom and two days a week in their work study.
At HZ University of Applied Science, students spend 2 out of 8 semesters in internships with partner companies all over the world. Anthony Meier, originally from Brazil, explained, “The HZ program of Civil Engineering is focused on the practical and theoretical aspects so you do not only get the theory but also a nice overview of how this theory can be applied in the real world.”
University Colleges in Belgium and Universities of Applied Science in the Netherlands offer Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Bachelor’s degrees are 4 years in the Netherlands and 3-4 years in Belgium, while Master’s degrees are 1-2 years in both countries.
Over 400,000 students are enrolled in 41 Dutch Universities of Applied Science offering many courses in English for international students. Learn more here