Dutch way of teaching

Respect for each individual’s opinions and convictions are a national virtue. This is the foundation of the teaching method used in 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.

Problem-based learning

The Netherlands has received international acclaim for its ground-breaking problem-based learning system, which trains students to analyse and solve practical problems independently through emphasis on self-study and self-discipline.

A large part 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 opinions. They should not be passive, but ask questions and be critical of what lecturers or fellow students say.

Learning the language

Working together in an international classroom should pose no problems, as everyone speaks English. Nevertheless, it would be beneficial 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.

The university's Language & Training Centre offers several Dutch courses which you could take. Please refer to: www.eur.nl/ltc for more information.

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