Teaching in Higher Education in an International Classroom

This course is equivalent to the official teaching qualification course for teachers at universities of applied sciences (in Dutch: Basiskwalificatie Didactische Bekwaamheid, BDB). This course is unique in the sense that it offers the didactic teaching qualification course with a focus on teaching in the international classroom.

Suitable for: 
Dutch and international teachers at Universities of Applied Sciences (in Dutch: HBO) who teach in an international classroom
Time investment: 
200 - 280 hours (including meetings, self-study and assignments)
Mostly online, , if possible we will organise the first day in Utrecht.
Onderwijsadvies & Training
Fee:  This fee is exempt from VAT
€ 3925,- (portfolio assessment included)
Extra information: 

Received certificate: Teaching Qualification in Higher Education (TQHE-IC, in Dutch: BDB)

Online, face-to-face, or blended?

Our course offering can be provided in an online, blended, or face-to-face format. The content below is based on face-to-face contact. Should the course be (partially) provided online, the course will be adapted where necessary to ensure it will fit the online format and results in comparable learning outcomes. Naturally, these adaptations will be done in conjunction with the customer.


  • 16 November 2020 
  • 14 December 2020
  • 18 January 2021
  • 1 February 2021
  • 15 February 2021 
  • 1 March 2021
  • 15 March 2021 (this is a combined session THEI-TQA-IC)
  • 10 May or 17 May 2021 (assessments). You can schedule your individual final assessment session in one of those two days.

Time: from 9.30-16.30


The course meetings are planned around themes that are relevant for teaching, course design and assessment. Themes for teaching include teacher-class interaction in lectures, tutorials, practicals and in supervising students, with a focus on teaching and learning in an international context.

Related to course design we will focus on formulating learning objectives, designing effective learning activities and assignments whilst taking into account the cultural factors that play a role in an international learning environment.

Lastly, for the theme assessment and grading, aspects such as different grading systems and different assessment practices are addressed and the role of feedback is discussed.

Programme and course days

There are seven course days focusing on the following topics:

  • Session 1: Making the connection (introduction/intercultural competencies)
  • Session 2: Attention please (lectures and activating students)
  • Session 3: Designing engaging lessons (alignment)
  • Session 4: Coaching and guiding students (supervision)
  • Session 5: Motivation and feedback (tutorials)
  • Session 6: Video feedback and Feedback on course design
  • Session 7: Assessment and grading 


After you have successfully finished this programme, you will be able to:

  • Analyse and improve your own teaching behaviour systematically in an international classroom, especially how you influence effective learning of your students who are often non-native speakers of English
  • Methodically design or revise the courses you teach, in which you apply the principles of active learning on defining learning objectives, designing learning activities and assessing students and adept this to an international context
  • Systematically reflect on your knowledge, skills and attitudes and hence guide your professional development and cultural sensitivity as a teacher.


Participants receive a Teaching Qualification in Higher Education (TQHE-IC, in Dutch: BDB) when all sessions have been attended and the portfolio shows that the applicant masters all necessary competencies for obtaining the Teaching Qualification in Higher Education in an International Classroom.

The course can be combined with the course Teaching Qualification Assessment and Examination in an International Classroom (TQA-IC) to acquire a qualification in assessment and examination in Universities of Applied Sciences (in Dutch: BasisKwalificatie Examinering - BKE).

Experiences of previous participants 

  • “I strongly believe know that we need to invest more in teachers’ didactic development; as a teacher we often know that we master the content but often not how we can get this across effectively. This is where the course THE-IC has been most useful to me.”
  • “The course was very interactive. At some point, one of the participants could give a 10 minute mini lesson. The feedback I got based on my presentation, was very valuable.“
  • “I am more aware of the impact of cultural differences in education and communication, so I can respectfully adapt my attitude where and when needed, to bridge the gap.”

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