The Vrije Hogeschool has five scholarships to offer to young adults with a refugee background.

The Vrije Hogeschool offers a Liberal Arts Gap Year for young people with contemporary questions aimed at developing responsible leadership. Personal questions like who am I, what can I do and what do I want to be in the future, are central to the program. During this gap year courses are offered within the framework of Liberal Arts; the scientifically oriented courses include philosophy, cultural anthropology, gender, and sustainability, and the art courses include music, painting, performance art, and dance. 

Last year the pilot of these scholarships started: five students, four from Syria and one from Afghanistan, started in our Liberal Arts Gap Year. This year we start with four Syrian students and one Iranian student. Especially valuable to them is the intensive contact with Dutch students and Dutch-speaking education, so that they are immersed in ‘our’ culture, make friends for life with their peers and learn to speak the language well. We also offer an NT2 course at level B2, allowing the students to prepare for their integration course and higher education. 

Two hours of coaching per week is offered throughout the gap year, both in groups and individually. Part of this is study choice. 

Malala Scholarship students Nawras and Rafea tell you about their Liberal Arts Gap Year experiences.

The Vrije Hogeschool is well known to various higher education institutions, which are interested in our students because of the skills they learn at our institution. 

The Liberal Arts Gap Year is general forming and does not offer an official diploma. To be able to continue their education at a college or university, the student has to meet the requirements of the desired college or university. 

The Malala Scholarships include the entire tuition fee for the Liberal Arts Foundation Year. Housing and travel allowance do not fall within the grant.

If you know young people who might be interested in our program, they are welcome to request an introductory meeting. 
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any inquiry you might have, we’d love to hear from you.

A Gap Year at the Vrije Hogeschool in Zeist

The Liberal Arts Gap Year of the Vrije Hogeschool is intended for students who are looking for depth and inspiration in their studies. The program is unique because it intertwines art, science and personal development. The individuality of man, in all its aspects, has a central place. The four pillars of the year are: philosophy, art, existential biography, and the individual core curriculum. The domains together lead to inspired life and work.

By working with art, you increase the space of your creativity. In the study trip to Prague you learn to connect art and philosophy. The Liberal Arts y e a r provides a broad epistemological and artistic Gap that guarantees the ability to shape life learning.

Labour market relevance 

In the Liberal Arts Gap Year, future professionals engage in existential questions. They widen their horizons, reflect on life questions and learn to create a free space. The Liberal Arts Gap Year gives a broad, epistemological and artistic foundation from which you learn to deepen and broaden your view. The Liberal Arts Gap Year gives students the opportunity to take a next step in their lives, to innovate and empower insights and ideals. In doing so, the student connects an ethical awareness of his future profession and personal responsibility for the whole. The Liberal Arts Gap Year can serve as a broad basis for professional education. 

‘Lab’ preview with Malala Scholarship students 

Relation to further education 

In the Liberal Arts Gap Year personal development is the basis for professional development later on. These two types of development are not separate from each other, but they are two different things. In your professional development, you will learn for a profession. You get certain subjects and will do internships. In the Liberal Arts Gap Year, the student learns to become a critical and autonomous thinker, who participates in the debate about the development of his citizenship and later profession. He is able to translate his vision of man into any field of expertise and to express it in social contexts. Through a broad deepening in humanities, he learns to give substance to what it means to be a unique and free person. 

When you are interested or like to know more give us a call or make an appointment.  You are always welcome to meet us at one of our events.