Exchange program — In Search of Meaning

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Interested in the meaning of life? Want a fresh take on the world? What you’re meant to do? You learn to unlock your thoughts. Communicate with others differently. You conduct research. Compare worldviews in theory and in practice. And develop an existential perspective.

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 In Search of Meaning?

Learn to lead useful workshops

You dive deep into how to lead your own workshops. Think about meditation, mindfulness, ritualization, outdoor life-coaching.

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Gain new insights

You can identify life questions. Or sources of meaning (or lack thereof) in people who need care or support.

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Work with experienced, caring pros

Professionals in the field lead you carefully throughout the program. In your research, volunteer training, development methods, etc.

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Quick facts about the In Search of Meaning exchange program

    12Contact hoursaverage per week
    20Self-study hoursaverage per week
    3Excursionsor more
    30ECTS creditsEuropean Credit Transfer System

How you go on to discover meaning

In Search of Meaning covers a vast array of topics and activities to strengthen your skill set. You grow to understand yourself and others. For example, through social design skills to create meaningful moments and methods. Rituals to support life transitions. Practical exercises in existential awareness. Enrich your professional perspective to deal with existential questions. Your future awaits!

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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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What topics do you learn about? Which learning methods are used? And how are you assessed? 

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