Exchange program — Autism through the Lifespan

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Want to make a difference in the life of an autistic person? Like to support and coach an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) client? And keep their family up to speed? This exchange program gets you there. Learn to tune in to your clients. To support their development in a way that fits their abilities.

postponed until further notice

This exchange program will not be offered in the 2024-2025 academic year. It is postponed until further notice. 

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Why Autism through the Lifespan?

Deep-dive into autism

On-site, you soak up all manner of ASD knowledge and broaden your skill set. E.g. with practical lessons, group assignments and guest lectures.

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Hands-on experience

Most ASD clients crave structure. You learn how to make situations “doable” for the client by introducing more structure to their lives.

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Behavioral techniques

Learn how to coach your ASD client in dealing with their specific feelings and preoccupations.

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Test your knowledge while you work

Learn how ASD affects each stage of your client’s life. And put that new-found knowledge to the test while you work on assignments.


See ASD from a different vantage point

Get a birds-eye view of how ASD effects your client so you can coach them on self-direction.

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Quick facts about the Autism through the Lifespan exchange program

    9Contact hoursaverage per week
    31Study hoursaverage per week
    3Nationalitiesaverage each semester
    30ECTS creditsEuropean Credit Transfer System

Teach lifelong lessons to autistic clients

Autism through the Lifespan begins with an in-depth look at what Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) actually is. How does it affect people in different stages and areas of their lives? How can you help ASD clients gain more control over their lives? Get the tools to effectively support an ASD client and their family. For example, working together with your client on gaining self-reliance. Or on dealing with stress.

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School of Social Studies

As a professional, you have to deal with complex social issues. About healthcare, quality of life, social quality and loneliness. But also about parenting, inclusion, poverty and aging. Working on these issues requires groundbreaking and creative thinking and acting. That’s what we do here at the School of Social Studies. 

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Why study in the Netherlands?

The Netherlands has a large population of international students so you won’t feel alone. In fact, 1 in 10 students is an international student. Why do so many international students come here? Because the Netherlands has excellent, affordable higher education. It also has a thriving economy (18th in the world) so there are plenty of job opportunities. What’s more, the Dutch are open-minded and almost everyone speaks English.

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Discover the city of Nijmegen

The lovely university town of Nijmegen has a great atmosphere. Just wander through its beautiful old streets and you feel its rich history. Looking for a charming pub or restaurant, a bit of culture or a great night out? Nijmegen has all this and more. Keen on sport or nature? Nijmegen has loads of sports clubs and is surrounded by beautiful forests full of hiking and bicycle trails.


A day in the life of an exchange student in Nijmegen


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  • HAN Nijmegen campus

    Kapittelweg 33
    6525 EN Nijmegen
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Monday to Friday: 08:00 - 17:00

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