​Give people a voiceThaught in Dutch

Do you enjoy working with people? Do speech and language development appeal to you? Have you got a coaching type of attitude and would you find it a challenge to give people a voice in the literal sense of the word? Well, then Speech and Language Therapy is a good choice for you!

You may run into Speech and Language Therapy at a lot of, at times quite surprising, places in our society. In hospitals, at an independent first line practice, at institutes for the deaf and nursing-homes, but also at training colleges for foreign languages and at Drama School, where actors learn how to make themselves heard in the theatre without having to strain their voices.​

A wide field of activity

As a speech and language therapist you will help people mend or improve their communicative possibilities. If you do that, treating patients in medical care or at an independent first line practice, you are an allied health professional. But you can also get a job outside the medical sector. For instance, in special education. Or as a teacher of presentation training for those who because of their profession need to have good oral skills at their disposal. Like, for example, employees working in a bank, or people employed in radio or television, or politicians. You can also teach students at a teacher training college, a college of music or Drama School. Whichever option you take after your training as a speech and language therapist, your tasks do not stop at remedying complaints or speech problems: drawing attention to problem areas, supplying information and providing support are also vital aspects of your work.


In order to master all those facets of Speech and Language Therapy, a lot of practice is needed. This is why the curriculum of Speech and Language Therapy is very much hands-on. You do your practical work in the field as early as the first year. In the curriculum, group practice occupies a central position, too. For instance, when working at a project or assignment in small groups. Incidentally, a word of warning may be needed here, for the curriculum is both varied and intensive. The Bachelor programme of Speech and Language Therapy demands your active, personal commitment.


For speech and language therapists the labour market at the moment is very favourable indeed. In this, you may also cross borders, for more and more Dutch speech therapists are working abroad.The curriculum of Speech and Language Therapy provides good preparation for practice as a professional. You will work independently as a Speech and Language Therapist. Moreover, your special field is developing all the time. So even when you work, your learning days will not be over yet. In order to cater for this demand, the Department of Speech and Language Therapy is organizing post Higher Professional Education (in Dutch: post-HBO) courses. This will definitely apply when, as more and more Dutch speech therapists are doing, you take a job in Great Britain or Germany. You can prepare for that situation during your years of study, for instance by taking an internship abroad. The department for Speech and Language Therapy will gladly support you in this.

Going from Bachelor to Master's degree in only a year

Groningen is the only city in the Netherlands where you can opt for a shortened route from a Bachelor to a Master's degree in Speech and Language Therapy. While you study to be a speech and language therapist at the Hanze University Groningen (Hanzehogeschool Groningen), you can attend lectures for a number of subjects in General Linguistics at the University of Groningen (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) as well. Because of this, you can round off your Master's degree of Speech and Language Pathology at the University of Groningen in only a year's time.

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