Stenden University of Applied Sciences is merging with NHL University of Applied Sciences. Continue to the new course page on for the latest information. 

Stenden University of Applied Sciences is merging with NHL University of Applied Sciences. Continue to the new course page on for the latest information. 

University of Applied Sciences

International Teacher Education for Primary Schools (ITEPS)

(B International Teacher Education for Primary Schools (ITEps))

Full-time Bachelor’s Degree

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In summary

Do you enjoy working with children, do you like to lead by example and to contribute to children’s education?. Does the idea of working with children of different nationalities and experiencing other cultures appeal to you? In that case, enrolling in ITEPS may be the smartest career choice you will ever make!

  • Outstanding job prospects, with the demand for primary teachers at international schools worldwide set to increase from 2016.
  • You will be trained to teach at international schools throughout the world.
  • Perfectly prepared for a competitive job market.
  • Classes with a high level of personal attention.
  • Extensive teaching experience in the Netherlands, Europe and beyond.


On completing the International Teacher Education for Primary Schools (ITEPS) programme, you will be a fully qualified primary school teacher to teach at international schools and may choose to work in education, but you will find that your degree is also a highly valued commodity in a range of other fields.

Inspiring job

Your job as a teacher will be as inspiring and creative as any job can be, but of course it also comes with its share of responsibilities. You will learn how to apply your professional skills and knowledge to support children of different ages, nationalities, cultures and talents. You will be expected to know how to communicate with parents. You work independently, with your colleagues, and other education professionals.


Careers open to you after graduation include:

  • International Primary School Teacher
  • Educational Assistant
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Principal or Deputy Principal

About the course

ITEPS offers a diverse range of subjects and a strong practical focus. You will gain extensive experience teaching at international primary schools in the Netherlands and abroad. There you will work on developing educational, pedagogical and teaching skills.

First Year

Introduction to teaching and education

The first year focuses on improving your knowledge of the English language and on providing you with the skills you need to live and work anywhere in the world. You will learn about and experience all facets of the teaching profession, with an emphasis on educational theory. What does it mean to educate? How do children think and how do you communicate with them? By teaching children in schools you will become aware of the dynamics of a classroom setting.

Year 2 and 3

More in-depth study

During your second and third year, you will develop a broad understanding of educational theory: how to get children to focus on their work and what it takes to make the classes you teach successful. You will have teaching practice at international schools in the Netherlands and abroad and learn to conduct practical research. During this stage, you also have the option to choose from a number of specialized courses.

Fourth Year

Final stage

In the fourth year, you will be given more responsibilities, spend more time teaching and increasingly work on your own. A challenging teaching practice in which you will be expected to conduct practical research, marks the completion of this stage.

Taster Day

If you’re interested in learning more about the ITEPS study programme, be sure to attend our Taster Day or sign up for a Shadow Day and find out what it’s really like to be a student at our university.

Additional information

To view the full course programme, please feel free to download the digital ITEPS course catalogue.
Or send us an email with your question to


International Teacher Education for Primary Schools (ITEPS) is an official, independent, accredited study. Download the official documents for more information about the accreditation: 


In your second and third year, you choose two specialized subjects, attending classes either at Stenden’s ‘home campus’ in the Netherlands or at one of our partner schools in Denmark or Norway. These subjects include:

  • Art and Culture (Netherlands and Denmark)
  • Mathematics (Netherlands and Norway)
  • Special Education (Denmark and Netherlands)
  • History and Sociology (Denmark and Norway)
  • Religion and Ideology (Norway and Netherlands)
  • Science and Technology (Norway and Denmark)
  • Physical Education and Health (Denmark)


Do you like the idea of teaching young people in an international environment? In cooperation with our ITEPS programme, NHL Hogeschool offers the ITELS programme (International Teacher Education Lower Secondary). This bachelor programme trains you to be a teacher at international secondary schools. Visit for more information.

Admission requirements

Academic Requirements

To be admitted to one of the Bachelor programs you have to meet certain admission requirements. Stenden University of Applied Sciences recognizes the following general international qualifications:  

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or European Baccalaureate Diploma
  • High School diploma from an accredited institution
  • Four GCSE/GCE ‘O’ level passes (final grade A, B or C) and two ‘AS’ level passes. These six passes combined must all be in different subjects.
  • Associate, Bachelor or Master Degree 

Furthermore, some of our Bachelor programs demand additional entry requirements. These can be found in the list of admissible diplomas. If your diploma is not mentioned in this list, please contact our Information and Registration Centre.

Language Requirements

All non-EER applicants are required to submit an English proficiency test with their application. Exceptions are made for students, who have had their preparatory education in a country where English is the official working and educational language. The language requirements for EER students are the same as for Dutch students. If your diploma is mentioned in this list the additional English language test is not required.

Stenden University of Applied Sciences accepts three kinds of official language tests: IELTS, TOEFL and the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.

  • Academic IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 for each skill).
  • TOEFL 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based) and 80 (internet based). Original test results must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Stenden. The TOEFL institution code for Stenden is 9215.
  • Cambridge ESOL score CAE-C.

Please note: If you do not have the appropriate level, it’s possible to enrol in our English Preparatory Language Course


If you are aged 21 or older and would like to enrol, but do not currently meet the admission requirements, you are invited to register for the entrance examination.

For the 21+ test, you are required to pay €80.00 and this will be processed during your registration.

For more information contact iStudy (


Additional Requirements

All prospective ITEPS students are obliged to complete the intake procedure, which consists of:

1. Completing the questionnaire / mini portfolio (automatically sent after applying).                                    

2. Submitting a CV and a letter of motivation (A4), introducing themselves and explaining and why they want to become an international primary school teacher. This can be submitted to

3. Taking part in an (online*) assessment, including an intake interview. The assessment takes place at the 21st of January 2017, 18th of March 2017, and the 1st of July 2017.                                       

4. Undergoing a police clearance/child protection (VOG) procedure in September 2017.

* the online assessment is available for students that live abroad and more than 500 km away from the university.

After applying in Studielink more information about this procedure will be sent to you automatically.

Practical information


International Bachelor of Education (BEd)

Course start


Application deadline

Unfortunately, the application window for 2017-2018 is now closed.


Meppel, the Netherlands

Language of instruction



types of fees amountperiod
tuition EU students € 2,0062017/2018
tuition NON-EU students€ 7,9002017/2018
books and handouts € 400first year 
€ 250 second to fourth year
school fee € 75 per year

Please note: No additional financial contribution is required from students to obtain credits.

Stenden University of Applied Sciences and NHL University of Applied Sciences are merging. Would you like to start your studies in February? Then continue your application process on

Would you like to start your studies in September 2018? Then continue your application process on the new website You can apply now for academic year 18/19!