Dutch way of teaching
Respect for each individual’s opinions and convictions is a national virtue that gives strength to the fabric of Holland’s diverse and plural society. This is the foundation of the teaching method used at the Dutch educational institutions.
The teaching style can be described as interactive and student-centred, providing students with the attention and freedom they need to develop their own opinions and creativity in applying their newly acquired knowledge.
Holland has received international acclaim for its groundbreaking problem-based learning system, which trains students to analyse and solve practical problems independently through emphasis on self-study and self-discipline.
A large portion of all study programmes is dedicated to writing papers, working in groups to analyse and solve specific problems, acquiring practical work experience through internships, and conducting experiments in laboratories.
Interaction in class
Interaction in class is highly appreciated. Students are expected to think about the knowledge that is presented to them and develop and express their own opinion. They should not be passive, but ask questions instead and be critical of what lecturers or fellow students say.
Learning the language
Working together in the international class room should go smoothly, as everyone speaks English. Nevertheless, it would be good to be able to mingle in conversations in Dutch and contribute to discussions in Dutch between local classmates. This may make working in groups even more interesting and meaningful.
You could take several Dutch course at the university's Language & Training Centre.