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Teaching Physical Education in the Netherlands

Explore the Dutch educational system and shape your vision of Physical Education by engaging in classes and discussions on various teaching methods and goals. Experience hands-on teaching and explore different educational settings around the Netherlands.

About the exchange programme

Dive into the world of Physical Education with our program that offers in-depth insight into the Dutch educational system, comparing it with international practices. Through our classes, you will develop a comprehensive understanding of Physical Education, setting the foundation for creating an effective international curriculum. Our unique educational internship provides practical teaching experience in Dutch secondary schools, allowing you to apply theoretical knowledge in real-world settings.

Why this programme?

  • Gain firsthand experience with the Dutch educational system through immersive classes and discussions.
  • Participate in a hands-on internship in Dutch schools, teaching PE and learning about diverse educational methods.
  • Develop a global perspective on Physical Education with insights into international curriculums and teaching strategies.

More about Teaching Physical Education in the Netherlands

At Fontys Sport Studies you are given the opportunity to experience the Dutch school system first-hand by taking part in our regular classes in which discussions are held on the different educational systems in the Netherlands and abroad and possible goals of Physical Education in your home country. These classes allow you to develop a clear vision of Physical Education and an (international) curriculum.

On top of the classes you follow, we offer the chance to go on an educational internship in Dutch schools for secondary (bilingual) education. You will be placed with two other Dutch students in a school located in Eindhoven, where you will provide PE classes for two days a week for a period of eight weeks. You will be teaching a maximum of twelve PE classes per week as well as visiting other school types (primary, secondary, vocational) in and around Eindhoven to learn about the different type of educational systems, methodologies and learning objectives.

Please note that we have a limited number of internship places available which means we can only accept eight incoming students. Students from the European Union, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Turkey doing this 60-day PE Internship may be eligible for Erasmus Study Grants. Please refer to the International Exchange Officer at your home university for further information.




Content of the programme

Your programme will kick off with an introduction week in which you get acquainted with the Dutch culture, the educational system and the PE vision in the Netherlands. You will also visit your internship school and meet your two Dutch internship buddies who will look after you during your stay with us. After this one week introduction you will feel right at home. During the remainder of the programme (seven weeks) you will attend classes and workshops to further develop your knowledge on PE and curricula. Together with Dutch and international students you will be creating and developing a high quality sustainable PE curriculum.

  • Monday - Internship
  • Tuesday - Classes at Fontys
  • Wednesday - Visiting other schools
  • Thursday - Internship
  • Friday - Classes at Fontys



How to apply as an exchange student

Applications should always be submitted via the International Exchange (or Erasmus) Officer at the home university. If several versions of the programme are offered, please indicate for which version you would like to apply to (Programme I, Programme II, Programme III, etc.) This officer will send your application request (nomination) to Fontys. Once Fontys has accepted the application, your Fontys study department will send you a link to a web application called Mobility Online.

Deadline for application

Fall semester: 15 May
Spring semester: 15 November

Note: Not all exchange programmes are available every semester. To find out when this programme is offered, please check its specific details.


How will your course programme be recognised by your home university?

Fontys will provide you with a so-called ‘Transcript of Records’, which will clarify the results that you have achieved. Depending on your results, you will receive a maximum of 30 ECTS credits. ECTS credits are recognised throughout Europe. The agreement between your home university and Fontys University of Applied Sciences will usually include a condition whereby the credits that you obtain will be recognised and transferred into the records kept by your home university.


Practical information

9 weeks
Contact hours
2 days: Fontys. 3 days: internships at different schools

Fontys does not provide scholarships for its exchange students.

When your actual university is a partner university of Fontys, you are generally not obliged to pay a tuition fee. However, besides your daily expenses you have to provide for your own accommodation while staying in Eindhoven. Of course, we can help you in finding your way.

We strongly recommend to only travel with full international travel and medical insurance.

Fontys Sport Studies has the honor to work with the best schools in the region. Below are a few that we are proud to say we have partnered with:

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