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Dutch Applied Universities: Gateways to Employment (Kilkenny)

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In response to the increasing interest of Irish students in taking up the many opportunities to study, through English, in the Netherlands, eight of the Dutch Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) are visiting Dublin in April. These universities offer programmes in:

Physiotherapy
Game Design
Business
Law
IT
Engineering
Art & Design
Hotel Management
Global Development

Music
Music & Media Management
Sports Management
Teaching

and many more

The Dutch Gateway to Employment event is in the evening, commencing at 19.00. The evening comprises the following elements:

19.00 - 19.30 Video clips concerning Dutch Education
19.30 – 20.45 Presentations on Studying in the Netherlands
(inc Q & A session with universities and Irish students currently studying in the Netherlands)
20.45 – 22.00 Opportunity to engage deeper with universities in a 1:1 in a mini-exhibition

Some of the top Dutch Universities of Applied Sciences will be attending, including

- Hanze UAS, Groningen
- Avans UAS
- Breda UAS
- Windesheim UAS
- InHolland UAS
- NHL Stenden UAS
- Fontys UAS

Programmes in the UAS are overtly employment-focused with a much more practical, hands-on, project-based style than the more academic (albeit excellent) programmes at research universities. The UAS programmes usually include one or two internships. Irish students on these programmes are enjoying an approach to education that, though less academic and more practical, is still very high in quality. Commentators in Higher Education, suggest that these programmes are a great match to the needs and preferred learning styles of Irish students.

Entry requirements are reasonable – 6 passes at Leaving Cert (2 at H4 or 2 at H5): reflecting students’ right to an education in mainland Europe and sidestepping the need to obsess about Leaving Cert points. Importantly, students with a relevant QQI/FETAC Level 5 qualification qualify for degree programmes at UAS.

Tuition fees are low: Eur 2083 p.a., with a long-term interest-free loans from the Dutch government, to pay these fees. There are other loans/grants available for living expenses. Also, if you qualify for a SUSI Maintenance Grant, you can take it with you. This all ensures that it is often less expensive to study in the Netherlands, than in Ireland.

So, if you are interested in a programme that directly prepares you for the employment markets of the 21st century, programmes which you have the right to join and can afford to attend, it is certainly worth considering the Universities of Applied Sciences.

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