MBO (Middelbaar Beroepsonderwijs) is the abbreviation for secondary Vocational Education and Training (VET) in the Netherlands. VET is the main supplier to the labour market and is often regarded as the ‘foundation of the economy’ and the ‘backbone of society’. Approximately 40% of the Dutch working population has obtained a vocational qualification.
The MBO sector consists of VET colleges comprising multidisciplinary VET colleges (ROCs in Dutch), agricultural VET colleges (AOCs in Dutch) and specialised vocational colleges. All VET colleges have a strong regional orientation and function.
MBO Amersfoort has about 8000 students and 700 teachers. We have 13 different schools on different locations. We also have a school in Utrecht. We offer education in the following sectors:
- Health Tech
- Entree (education for students without a diplom)
At Entree we have a special team that focuses on Entree for non-native speakers. This team aims at non-native speaking students without a Dutch school diplom who live in the Netherlands. If your level of Dutch is not well enough to start at a regular VET course you possibly can start at Entree for non-native speakers. You can find more information here.
Internationalisation at MBO Amersfoort
MBO Amersfoort aims to improve the employability of his students by offering them the opportunity to develop international competences. By building and maintaining the international expertise of our students, teachers, work placement supervisors, they will become more independent, and it will
enhance their critical thinking enabling them to think and work across borders.
MBO Amersfoort offers its students and personnel a number of different ways to gain international competences.
- Internationally focused study paths with special emphasis on the study programs preparing students for careers in which the need for international competencies will increase in the future, e.g. social and health care, tourism and service industry. Multiple courses are also offered as a bilingual course.
- On-the-job learning periods abroad and other forms of international mobility to be based on high-quality standards, equal opportunities and common processes.
- Internationalization at Home as a means for students to acquire the basic abilities to work in multicultural communities in their study environment without leaving the home country, e.g.
We annually participate in KA1-projects and are willing to participate in KA2-projects from the Erasmus Program.
Bilingual courses we offer are:
- Pedagogical work/Teaching assistent
- Marketing & Communication
- Horeca Entrepreneur & Manager
For further information
Mrs. Odyle de Roos – Smits
Head of International Office/policy advisor
T +31 6 46837626