Nuffic Glossary

The Nuffic Glossary is a list with explanations of terms used in Dutch education.

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hoger beroepsonderwijs (hbo)


higher professional education; professionally oriented higher education; higher education with an applied emphasis; HBO

One of two types of higher education in the Netherlands, the other being wetenschappelijk onderwijs (wo), or research-oriented higher education. HBO is oriented more towards professions in specific areas than WO, and has traditionally been offered at hogescholen. Internships, which give students practical experience in real work situations, are a central feature of HBO.