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September 2023

Bildung Semi-Annual Program

11 hours p/w
Amsterdam
€ 
1450

Where and with whom can I work on my future? How do I use my talents to make an impact on society? What if you have no idea what to do after college?

You feel searching, ambitious or both at the same time. The Half-Year Program offers you the inspiration, guidance and space for your personal-professional development and you get to work with other students and young professionals on societal challenges.

What is the Semi-Annual Program?

In short

For students and young professionals

The program is for students, people in a gap year or professionals who are working. Most participants come from college or university and have a variety of backgrounds.

Inspiration from experts

You will get a lot of inspiration and help from experts from the art world, business and science. For example, on topics such as identity, persuasion and creativity.

Every Monday in Amsterdam

The program takes place every Monday between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm. You will spend a total of about 11 hours per week in the program.

Personal and professional growth

After this program, you will better understand who you are and where you want to go. You work on your personal-professional development and strengthen your contribution to society.

More information about this program?

The program in 1 minute

Bildung Semi-Annual Program

The program

What does the program look like and what will I learn?

The program consists of four interlocking lines of learning, which we kick off with two intro days and conclude with a final show and the receipt of your Bildung certificate.

Kick-off: Intro

We kickstart the program with two festive intro days dedicated to getting to know the group and determining your personal starting point.

Module: Identity

What does this learning line entail?

This learning line is about your identity and personal development. You learn to know and strengthen your own strengths. How have you been shaped by your culture, upbringing and our social system? What is your mission and vision? You learn to think constructively and deal with differences, irritations and
prejudices.

Including guest lecturer: Jaap Voigt

‍Whatis inspiration and how do you express it? Jaap was once a geologist and a professional field hockey player. He instructs his students: you think you have to become what the outside world expects of you, do you want to stop doing that?

Module: Expression

What does this learning line entail?

What do we mean by expression? How do you translate a concept into words or images? In this learning line you will learn to know and express your passions and ideas in a way that suits you. Work on your persuasiveness and self-confidence with speaking, writing and debating.

Including guest lecturer: Marijn Moerman

‍Marijnis a theater teacher and philosopher. Expression is not about being extroverted, but about finding a form of expression that fits your experience, feelings and thoughts. How do you develop your own creativity?

Module: Transition

What does this learning line entail?

In this learning line, you will increase your knowledge of current issues that affect our personal lives and shape our society. Such as digitalization, discrimination and climate change. You learn to form and substantiate your own opinions.

Including guest lecturer: Haroon Sheikh‍.

‍Haroonis associate professor of Strategic Governance of Global Technologies and researches the opportunities and consequences of artificial intelligence for society and the economy. What does AI mean for the world, for the Netherlands and for yourself? How do we deal with it together?


Module: Impact

What does this learning line entail?

‍Inthis module, you form choices about what you care about with everything you've learned. From there, you'll learn how to move to action. We use methods like deep democracy and visualizations to help you make an impact in your personal-professional life and in society.


Including guest lecturer: Tiffany Gritzalis

‍Theart of storytelling is ancient. As an applied psychologist and trainer, Tiffany knows that storytelling can help you connect with yourself, others and the world. How do you write and tell a story with impact?

Closure: Outro

We conclude the program with a final show and the receipt of your Bildung certificate. We don't test on grades, we develop self-knowledge, creativity, discipline, connecting power and growth mindset, among other things. So no exams, but a portfolio that you build during the program.


Your Bildung Certificate


You will receive your Bildung certificate when your portfolio is complete, consisting of:

  • Your presentation during the final show, such as an exhibition, film or workshop
  • You obtained 360 degree feedback on your development and your formulated learning goals
  • Your reflection on your own development
Location and date

Where it takes place

Physical locations

The program will take place in Amsterdam, at CREA on Nieuwe Achtergracht 170. We will also use other inspiring locations in the city and you will shape your own education with your input on trainers and locations, for example.

Start and end date

We will soon announce more information surrounding the next edition The Semi-Annual Program! Leave your details to be the first to know.

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What you get out of it

Personal and open education

Good education is not about grades. Among other things, we develop self-knowledge, connecting strength, creativity, discipline and growth mindset to function well and live a meaningful life.

Make choices that suit you

Discover more about who you are and what matters to you. With the program, you will increase your professional skills, interdisciplinary knowledge and network to better guide your personal and working life.

Learn to express yourself persuasively

Self-expression with conviction. You learn to better know and express your passions and ideas in a way that suits you. Build your self-confidence during presentations, writing and debating.

Strengthen your contribution to society

From personal transformation to societal transformation. Explore societal challenges together with your coaches, fellow students and experts. Such as the effect of digitalization on your life, sexuality, inclusion and sustainability.

Build lasting relationships

Connecting with yourself and with others, you engage in open conversations and build lasting relationships. No mass lectures, but creative forms of work with attention to an open and safe mutual atmosphere.

Trainers and guest lecturers

Be surprised and inspired

A bildung trainer from The Bildung Academy will guide you during the course in terms of content and organization. In addition, guest experts from The Bildung Network make an inspiring contribution. We operate in education, science, art, the public sector and sustainable business.

Leonie Moral

Bildung guide
Entrepreneur

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Jan Geurtz

Bildung teacher and writer
Teacher of Tibetan Buddhism

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Haroon Sheikh

Bildung teacher and scholar
Special Professor

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Wiek Huibers

Bildung guide
Alumnus

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Hans Schnitzler

Bildung Lecturer and Philosopher
Writer

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Merel Overgaag

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Creative concept developer

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Jaap Voigt

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Tiffany Gritzalis

Project coordinator and Bildung coach
Applied Psychologist

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Klaas van Egmond

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Professor of Environmental Science

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Marijn Moerman

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Our alumni

These are stories from other participants

Odette Kuipers
Alumna | Social Sciences
Vincent Vegt
Alumnus | Business Administration
Ylke van der Zwet
Alumna | Astronomy
Pablo Cantatore
Alumnus | Artist
Ammeke Kateman
Islam scholar | University of Amsterdam
Michiel Beenen
Alumnus | StadsMakers | Physical Therapy
Anne van der Krol
Alumna | A Broader Mind | Formation in Fluid Times
Roos Herings
Alumna Semester Program | Psychology Student
Floris Witteveen
Alumnus | Semester Program | Communication Studies

Odette Kuipers

Alumna | Social Sciences

For me, Bildung means giving your personal development a big boost. Putting knowledge into practice, discovering your own strengths and weaknesses and learning how to shape them in today's society.

Vincent Vegt

Alumnus | Business Administration

What I like about the Half Year Program is that you end up in a group of enthusiastic people who all want to work on themselves in some way and learn from each other.‍

Ylke van der Zwet

Alumna | Astronomy

Among other things, I learned about deep democracy, storytelling, inspiration and developed my creativity, critical thinking and connecting powers. I now better understand how to make skills impact on an individual and societal level. Absolutely recommended!‍

Pablo Cantatore

Alumnus | Artist

You get access to opportunities, tools and a large network to think about concepts that make the city more beautiful. Joining Ambassadors of Amsterdam made me decide not to go to college and choose my own path.

Ammeke Kateman

Islam scholar | University of Amsterdam

Learning about your own voice use, posture/gestures and speaking style is sometimes confronting, but also liberating. The group was close and supportive, and we helped each other to move forward. An extraordinary, but also just plain fun experience. Fortunately, there was a lot to laugh about.‍

Michiel Beenen

Alumnus | StadsMakers | Physical Therapy

I found it very cool to get in touch with many different organizations and people through my participation in StadsMakers, which increased my network. In addition, I now see that an awful lot is possible as long as you put yourself out there.

Anne van der Krol

Alumna | A Broader Mind | Formation in Fluid Times

My first introduction to the Bildung Academy was an instant breath of fresh air, I immediately felt fire. Education that engages all your senses, takes your continuous personal development as its starting point without losing sight of our (invisible) environment.

Roos Herings

Alumna Semester Program | Psychology Student

The Half-Year Program is a free, innovative learning environment that encourages you to get in touch with yourself, the people around you and the world around you. I have come to know my own voice and gained more confidence in walking my own path.

Floris Witteveen

Alumnus | Semester Program | Communication Studies

I found the Bildung Semester program super valuable. It gave me the chance to develop in new areas that don't always get attention in the regular offerings. I better understand who I am, how I relate to others and what I want to mean in this world.

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One-time payment or in 3 installments

It is possible to pay the amount at once or in three installments. You then pay a fixed amount each month. You pay the first instalment before the start of the program.

We can always help you talk to your employer about possibilities to make it fit within your career budget.

1450

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10% discount if you pay it all at once

  • Make choices that suit you

  • Learn to express yourself persuasively

  • Strengthen your contribution to society

  • Build lasting relationships

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Bildung Semiannual Program - 4th edition

11 hours p/w

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September 2023

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March 2024

€483 p.m.

  • Make choices that suit you

  • Learn to express yourself persuasively

  • Strengthen your contribution to society

  • Build lasting relationships

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Bildung Semiannual Program - 4th edition

11 hours p/w

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September 2023

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March 2024

Schedule info call

Is this the program for you?

Would you like to participate in the program or are you interested, but not all your questions have been answered? Schedule your personal information session of 15 min.

. We will answer all your questions and tell you more about the application procedure.

Unfortunately, the registration period has expired.

Would you like to receive updates around this program and the next registration deadline? Then leave your email and we'll keep you informed!

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about the program?

Here you can read the most frequently asked questions about Bildung Semester program.

Can I combine the program with studies and/or work?

The program takes place every Monday between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm. You will spend approximately 11 hours per week in this program.

Are you taking a course on Mondays or do you have a regular workday? We can help you discuss it with your employer or someone within your study, also to make it fit into your schedule and your possible career budget.

What are the costs?

The total cost for this program is € 1,450 (free of VAT). It is possible to pay the amount at once or in three installments. We can help you talk to your employer or someone within your study to make the program fit into your schedule and your possible career budget.

What is the atmosphere like?

At The Bildung Academy you work in connection with yourself and with other people on your personal-professional development and social challenges. We therefore pay great attention to a safe, open and connected atmosphere among ourselves. We make sure there is room to be yourself and get to know the other.

What happens after the program?

After attending a program, we invite you to join The Bildung Network. A collective of people and organizations with the will to be socially responsible in connection with themselves and others. Together we are building the university of the 21st century: the ideal of education, learning & development.

The Bildung Network offers you: 

  • The opportunity to build new education and and development paths with your input
  • Access to innovative ideas and creative forms of work on personhood from our living manifesto
  • Informed of new programs for you as a participant, trainer or coach
  • Assignments and vacancies at affiliated organizations

Read more about The Bildung Network here.

What is The Bildung Academy?

The Bildung Academy develops programs and offers training, coaching and consulting around personal-professional development and social responsibility. 

In our ideal world, we put as many people as possible in touch with themselves and in connection with others. As a collective, they address personal and societal challenges.

That is why we are building the university of the 21st century. We do this together with The Bildung Network: a community consisting of new generations of students and (young) professionals, teachers, artists, scientists and organizations within the public sector, education and sustainable business.

Where do I follow the program?

The program will take place in Amsterdam, at CREA on Nieuwe Achtergracht 170. We will also use other inspiring locations in the city and you will shape your own education with your input on trainers and locations, for example.

How does the application process work?

  1. Personal information session
    To explore whether the program fits your learning needs, schedule a personal, no-obligation information session (5-15 min.)
  2. Registration
    Are you excited? Then you will receive by email your registration link where you provide your motivation and learning objectives.
  3. Matching interview
    After we receive your motivation, we will schedule a matching interview (30-45 min.) in which we translate your formulated learning goals into the program in concrete terms. Your personal input forms the basis of our education.
  4. Admission
    Shortly after your matching interview, you will hear from us whether you have been admitted to the program.
  5. Agreement
    Once you sign your education agreement after being notified of admission, you are officially a participant in the program!

How does assessment work and do I get a diploma?

Bildung testing is about reflecting and looking ahead. To do so, we use methods such as 360-degree feedback and you translate the knowledge and experience you have gained into a creative materialization: a presentation for an external audience of alumni, parents and friends

No multiple-choice exams, therefore, but a portfolio that you build during the program. Consisting of:

  • your completed assignments;
  • your materialization presentation such as an exhibition, film or workshop;
  • Obtained 360-degree feedback on your development and your formulated learning goals;
  • Your logbook in which you reflect on your own development in a structured way.

If your portfolio is complete, you will receive your bildung certificate at the end of the semester!

What is Bildung?

Bildung is actively, consciously and ethically relating to your inner self, the other and the world. It stands for the ideal that people develop personally as broadly as possible and bear social responsibility.

We have been inspired by the ideas of classic bildungsdenkers such as Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767 - 1835) and Theodor Adorno (1903-1969), but also by contemporary thinkers such as Gert Biesta, Martha Nussbaum and Roman Krznaric.

‍Readmore about Bildung and our genesis

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