Stay abroad and internship
These two periods (in the third and fourth year, respectively) may well be the most interesting parts of the curriculum.
In the third year, OTC students of Arabic will spend a period of 18 weeks studying in the Middle East or North Africa. Untill now students went to Egypt, Jordan and Morocco. The exact period depends on the specialization chosen.
During your study abroad you will follow a number of courses taught at one of our partner universities or at a language institute. There are additional expenses involved (for travel, accommodation and living, which can add up to € 4000. During your stay abroad, you will remain a registered student of Zuyd Hogeschool. Most students find their own accommodation, but the school (and the host university or institute) can give assistance.
To prepare you for a job after graduation, the second part of the fourth year is all focused on an internship. You will be working in a professional environment in order to obtain working experience. Internships can be fulfilled within the Netherlands, in an Arabic-speaking country, or in an English-speaking country.
An example would be an organization that maintains commercial, cultural or institutional contacts with the Arabic-speaking World. Conversely, branches of Arab companies established in the Netherlands could also offer potential places to gain experience. As an intern, you would be able to contribute in the field of internal and external communication, account management, translation and interpreting, consultancy, research, administration,. Public relations and organization.
In principle it is your own responsibility to find a place. The school's internship coordinators can help you find a suitable place and the formal paper work that will have to be dealt with once you have succeeded. More detailed information will be supplied during the second- and third-year programme.
After graduating, many of our students would like to return to Egypt or one of the other Arabic-speraking countries to enrol in a graduate programme. After spending almost half a year abroad in the third year, this is often financially not feasible.
There are, however, scholarships that enable a student who is eligible to go to an Arab country to study for half a year or even a full academic year.
The Dutch government has concluded bilateral agreements with a number of countries in order to support cooperation in the fields of culture, education and science. These agreements sometimes include possibilities for exchanges for the benefit of higher education and research. Under these agreements, Dutch students can be eligible for a period of study (or research) abroad, in countries that offer scholarships to foreign students. In exchange, the Dutch government makes scholarships available to foreign students who would like to study in the Netherlands. There are bilateral agreements of this nature between the Netherlands and Egypt and Jordan. For more information, go to the Nuffic website (www.nuffic.nl).
Other scholarships include the so-called VSBbeurs, provided by the VSBfonds. The VSB scholarship enables graduates from Dutch institutions of higher education to study another 3 to 24 months in a foreign country. Scholarships are not provided for internships or exchange programmes. The amount available is a maximum of €7.000,-. Candidates are selected by the Dutch university on the basis of a plan of study and an interview. More information can be found on the VSB website (www.vsbfonds.nl).
For more scholarships, check the Nuffic website Beursopener (www.beursopener.nl).