International Sport Development

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International Sport Development

Start: September, February
  • Sports and Health
  • Behaviour and Society
  • Business and Economics

In this program Sport and Physical Education (PE) will be approached from a Dutch, International and comparative perspective. This means that concepts used in different countries towards PE and Sport will be discussed. The program starts from the idea that teachers in Sport and PE are willing to develop themselves as European or Global citizens. This perspective, the development of an international teachers identity, means that international and intercultural competences are the main focus of the program.

About this programme

Learning philosophy 

  • Democratic: In a team with different nationalities the ISD-programme will be constructed together, starting from individual (learning) ambitions and goals. 

  • Comparative perspective: Changing prejudices by comparing other countries and cultures 

  • Action-learning: acquiring knowledge through actions and practice and learning from within.

Coretasks and assessment 

The curricula of the ISD programme is 'core-task' based. This means that the assignments students have to make lead to learning outcomes, which have a positive contribution to competent behavior concerning the task. The task for every student is to show competent performance and development in the four core-tasks (mentioned below).

  1. Physical education and sport programs in an international perspective (8 credits)
    Assignment: Teachers (education) report

  2. International projects in physical education and sport (8 credits)
    Assignment: International Project

  3. Doing research in the area of physical education and sport, from an international and comparative perspective (8 credits)
    Assignment: Research/Essay/Paper

  4. Developing a personal and professional identity towards European and global citizenship (6 credits)
    Assignment: Learning story

Learning outcomes 

By following this programme, students;

  • Can value cultural diversity 
  • Can show cultural self-awareness 
  • Are willing to learn about other cultures and to suspend judgement 
  • Developed their personal and professional identity towards European or Global citizenship 
  • Are behaving and communicating effectively and appropriately during intercultural encounters 
  • Can critically evaluate cultural perspectives, practices and products, including those of one's own culture. 
  • Understand Dutch (Groningen) culture in (physical and higher)education and sport from historical, philosophical  and sociological perspective.

Literature and concepts 

The ISD-program has a democratic approach to education. This means that we assume that students are able to organise their own learning, in cooperation with peers. To create this learning space we focus on tasks, and through these tasks the learning outcomes will be achieved. The consequence of this approach is that there is no (fixed) schedule, or programme. In the programme lectures and assignments will be given. The literature mentioned below can help conceptual development in the area of internationalisation and intercultural competence. The literature is not obligatory (Other concepts, like; 'the participation ladder', 'The Iceberg Model' and 'Action Type', will be discussed in lectures)

Before you can start

Entry requirements 

  • Students who are interested in examining physical education and sport from an international and comparative perspective, and studying at higher education level (Bachelor/Master). 

  • Students who are studying something else then PE are welcome, but before enrolling contact is advised with the program coordinators. 

  • English B


Please register via Osiris (Hanze students) or via Kies-op-Maat (external HBO students).

Students from our partner institutions abroad can apply for this programme as an Exchange Programme. For more information about the steps for our exchange application process click here.

More information?

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Admission & application

Please check with your home university whether there is an agreement set up with the Hanze School that is offering the exchange programme of your choice. To apply for and be admitted for our exchange programme you should take the following steps

  • 1. Be nominated by your home university

    Once you have been nominated, your nomination will be checked by us and confirmed to your home university by email. You will receive your application link during our application period.

  • 2. Submit your online application

    Once you have been nominated by your home university you will receive a personal application link and the application instructions during our application period. The application is fully digital and documents do not have to be send by email or postal mail. Make sure you do not miss our application deadline!

  • 3. Letter of Acceptance

    Once you have submitted your application we will check your documents. If you have to re-submit any documents, we will let you know. We will be sending out Acceptance Letters from the beginning of May when you start in September and from the middle of October when you start in February.

Frequently Asked Questions

Fields of interest

  • Behaviour and Society
  • Business and Economics
  • Sports and Health
Information on exchange