During the programme

From day one, you will learn what it is to be a teacher and how to teach German language and culture to young people.

During the programme of Teacher German Eudcation

Programme content

The first year focuses on what it means to be a teacher. You will do an internship at a Dutch school for one day a week. You will also work on improving your German proficiency and learn about the culture of the German-speaking countries.

The main phase of the programme consists of literature, teaching methodology, German culture, linguistics, second language acquisition and language proficiency.

You will spend a semester as an exchange student at a German or Austrian university to improve your German proficiency. The semester abroad is mandatory unless you are an international student from Germany, Austria or Switzerland.

At the end of your third year, you and your fellow students will organise a week-long excursion to Berlin.

Your final year focuses on completing your degree. About half of your time is spent doing an internship at a Dutch high school, where you teach your own classes and undertake a research project for the school, supported by us and your school supervisor. The rest of the week consists of optional course subjects, study-work supervision, weekly reflection meetings and preparing for your final assessment.
  • 20%Practice
  • 80%Theory


hours per week
  • 70%Individual work
  • 30%Group work

Self study

hours per week
Study in figures

Additional information

You will mainly learn in small groups, both on the campus in Utrecht and online. And of course, a big part of the programme revolves around learning in practice – at internship schools throughout the Netherlands.

Courses conclude with exams, tests, assignments or portfolios. Exams are held at the end of each term and are posted on the examination timetable.

Are you ambitious? Do you want more from your degree? You can follow our Honours programme alongside your regular coursework. You will do extra projects that take about eight to ten hours extra per week.

During the programme you work in learning teams: small groups of students who learn and study together - a fun way to get to know people and build language skills too! A team has five to seven students, guided by a coach and lecturers.

At the end of your first year you will receive a binding recommendation on whether or not you may continue your studies with us. To continue your course, you need to have earned at least 50 out of the possible 60 ECTS. If you fail to do so, you will be asked to leave the programme.

Unique to this course is that talented and ambitious students can opt for a five-year course that leads to a double Bachelor’s degree: one in German and one in English. You will have an additional workload of around eight to ten hours a week.

From day one, you are allocated a personal study career coach (SCC), who supports you during your time with us. Your SCC helps you with all study-related issues, from time management to study methods and career planning.

As our Teacher Education in German programme trains you to become a teacher, internships at Dutch schools and teaching practice are a key part of the programme from day one.

Studying at HU

  • Double Degree English-German Teacher 

    Graduating with two degrees makes you stand out in the job market, and it makes you more flexible as a teaching professional. 

  • German in an international environment 

    You will be inspired by your lecturers, your fellow students and work with languages from day one! 

  • 'Lebendiges' Utrecht 

    Lively Utrecht is a university city with plenty of young people and excellent amenities for student life. 

Utrecht Science Park with the HU-building of Padualaan 97

Interested in the bachelor Teacher Education in German?