Higher education in The Netherlands is divided into two streams: universities and universities of applied sciences (UAS). Stenden is a UAS, with a focus on practical application of the knowledge students gain. Universities, on the other hand, focus on scientific research.
Studying in The Netherlands promises some exciting differences. Dutch classrooms are closely tied to the wider culture and its values of equality and autonomy. Students will develop their own intellectual independence, and are stimulated to share their ideas and opinions. All of this is part of a teaching style which has received international praise.
Lecturers at Dutch schools and universities are facilitators who guide students in their learning process. This way, students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills and they are expected to be assertive, proactive and independent.
The Dutch education system has a strong relationship with the (international) industry and worldwide partner universities. This results in a solid choice of internships, work placement possibilities and increased career opportunities for students there.