English Viaa
  • About Viaa

    Viaa is a dynamic organization – a knowledge center, actively participating in the development and professionalization of education, care, social work and theology. 

    Education

    We offer both full-time as part-time bachelor programs in Education in Primary schools (age 4-12), Nursing, Social Work, Theology and Teacher Education in Religion and part-time masters programs in Special Educational Needs and Learning and Innovating. Thanks to our collaboration with the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam Viaa-students can obtain two bachelor degrees at once: a degree in Education in Primary schools (age 4-12) and a degree in Pedagogical Sciences. In cooperation with two theological universities in Kampen and Apeldoorn we offer a part-time master’s program in Teacher Education in Theology and Religious Education. Together with four universities of applied sciences we provide a part-time master’s program in Educational Leadership. Besides this we teach several postgraduate non-degree programs and several other courses.

    Research

    Viaa performs research through its lectorates. A lectorate is a scientific research and education unit chaired by a lector. Today Viaa houses the lectorate Samenlevingsvraagstukken (Societal Issues), chaired by Prof. Dr. J. Hoogland and the lectorate Morele vorming in het onderwijs (Moral Education), chaired by Prof. Dr. P. Vos and the lectorate Zorg en Spiritualiteit (Health Care and Spirituality), chaired by Prof. Dr. R. van Leeuwen. Viaa cooperates with the Christian University Ede and Christian University Driestar to support these lectorates, as well as the lectorate Ethiek van de Zorg (Ethics of Care) and the lectorate Onderwijs en Identiteit (Education and Identity).

    Consultancy

    Besides education and research Viaa does consultancy work and offers in-service training within the work field of its students.

  • Our Study Programs

    We have several full-time study programs that international students can apply for. However, all programs are taught in Dutch and require a preparatory year to learn the language.

    • Bachelor program: Education for primary schools (age 4-12)
    • Bachelor program: Nursing
    • Bachelor program: Social Educational Care
    • Bachelor program: Social Work and Social Services
    • Bachelor program: Theology

    We do not offer any English study programs, except for the semester long SPICE program in cooperation with Dordt College. If you are interested in part-times programs, please scroll down for more information.

    Education for primary schools (age 4-12)

    Dutch name:

    Pedagogische Academie voor Basisonderwijs (PABO)

    Duration:

    4 years, 240 ECTS

    Degree:

    Bachelor of Education (B Ed)

    Information:

    Do you consider inspiring and motivating children as a challenge? Would you like to work with children, not just because you like them, but because you want to be part of their educational process? Then you should enrol in teacher training! NB. Our university offers three different tracks: regular teacher training, training within a school and academic teacher training. The latter offers a combined program with the Free University, during which you can both obtain your B Ed degree as well as a bachelor’s degree in Pedagogical Studies. Contact us if you would like to know more.

    Professions:

    teacher in primary education

     

    Nursing

    Dutch name:

    Verpleegkunde (HBO-V)

    Duration:

    4 years, 240 ECTS

    Degree:

    Bachelor of Nursing (BN)

    Information:

    Our Nursing program is unique, because we believe God has created men and women as complete persons and use this as the starting point of our curriculum. We have adopted the Neuman System Model (NSM) to shape our program. This model trains care givers in treating patients as a human being with all its aspects, being more than their illness or their medication. That is why our students not only learn how to be good nurses in the practical sense of the word, but also good listeners when talking with patients about who they are and the impact of their illness on their lives.

    Professions:

    nurse in a hospital or other health care institution

     

    Social Educational Care

    Dutch name:

    Sociaal Pedagogische Hulpverlening (SPH)

    Duration:

    4 years, 240 ECTS

    Degree:

    Bachelor of Social Work (B SW)

    Information:

    Sometimes people are stuck in their situation. From psychological problems to a difficult work environment, a handicap or an alcohol addiction. Sometimes those people just need a shoulder, sometimes they need a professional who can analyze their situation from appropriate distance. The Social Educational Care program helps students to become Social Work professionals with a Christian view on the people they meet in the work field.

    Professions:

    social worker in for example mental health clinics, senior centers, refugee care, prisons, specialized day care centers

     

    Social Work and Social Services

    Dutch name:

    Maatschappelijk Werk en Dienstverlening (MWD)

    Duration:

    4 years, 240 ECTS

    Degree:

    Bachelor of Social Work (B SW)

    Information:

    During our Social Work and Social Services program you will learn how you can support individual people in finding their life path again, so they can lead a useful existence. As a professional you will be directed by the Biblical view on human existence.

    Professions:

    social worker in general or specialized institutions for social work or youth care and child protection

     

    Theology

    Dutch name:

    Godsdienst Pastoraal Werk (GPW)

    Duration:

    4 years, 240 ECTS

    Degree:

    Bachelor of Theology (BTh)

    Information:

    Do you like talking about faith and God? Would you like to motivate young people to live with God? Do you like organizing activities for your congregation? In short, are you attracted to a professions for which faith, profundity and responsibility are essential? Start studying theology at a Bachelor level at our university!

    Professions:

    pastoral care worker, youth ministry, church ministry

     

    All the abovementioned study programs are also taught part-time at our university, but are not suitable when you require a residence permit. If you already are a (future) resident of The Netherlands and do not need our university to arrange your residence permit, please contact us at internationaloffice@viaa.nl for any information you need about our part-time programs.

  • The European Commission awards the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education to Viaa (Gereformeerde Hogeschool) for the period 2014-2020.

    Click here for the Erasmus Charter of Viaa >>>

    Click here for more information about the European Policy Statement (EPS) >>>

     Erasmus Charter

  • Welcome to SPICE!

    SPICE is an opportunity to experience both Dutch and broad European culture as you study at Viaa, live with a host family, and enjoy student life.

     We have got differtent study programs for SPICE-students:

    • SPICE for students from Dordt College
    • SPICE Europe
    • SPICE Business
    • SPICE Nursing

    Read more about our programs >>>

  • Contact

    The staff members of our international office are looking forward to answer any questions from international visitors or future students. We try to respond to your email within 48 hours.

    Reformed University of Applied Sciences
    (Viaa)

    Grasdorpstraat 2
    8012 EN Zwolle

    PO Box 10030
    8000 GA Zwolle
    The Netherlands

    Tel. +31-38-42 555 42
    Fax +31-38-42 307 85

    Email internationaloffice@viaa.nl
    Website www.viaa.nl

    Walking directions from Zwolle train station

    Take the exit ‘centrum’. Walk past the ABN-AMRO building at your right hand.
    Take the first turn right at the roundabout, the ‘Stationsweg’.
    Take a right turn at the T-intersection, the ‘Burgemeester van Roijensingel’.  
    After the second traffic lights the street name turns into the ‘Groot Weezenland’.
    Take a left turn after passing hospital De Weezenlanden, the ‘Luttenbergstraat’.
    At the corner of this intersection you will see a church/convent.
    Turn right at the traffic lights, the ‘Wethouder Alferinkweg’.
    You will see the Christian University of Applied Sciences (Viaa) at your right hand. Take the first entrance way at your right hand and enter the main entrance.

    Driving directions from motorway A28

    Take the exit ‘Zwolle-Zuid’. Follow the signs ‘Ring Zuid’ at the roundabout. At the second traffic lights,  take a left turn towards ‘Veerallee’. Follow this road until the rail road crossing. 
    Go straight on at the first traffic lights, take the first turn to the right at the second traffic lights. U are now  folowwing ‘Burgemeester van Roijensingel’. After the second traffic lights the street name turns into the ‘Groot Weezenland’. 
    Take a left turn after passing hospital De Weezenlanden, the ‘Luttenbergstraat’.
    At the corner of this intersection you will see a church/convent.
    Turn right at the traffic lights, the ‘Wethouder Alferinkweg’.
    You will see the Christian University of Applied Sciences (Viaa) at your right hand. Take the first entrance way at your right hand.
    There is only limited parking space at our parking lot. You will need to pass the barrier to access the parking lot. You can also park your car in the vicinity of the building: there are many paid parking spaces available.

Diner with Josh

Josh took part of the SPICE-program of Viaa

Josh

International Week

International Week at Viaa 2 - 6 October 2017

International Week Viaa