Hbo bachelor studies usually take four years to complete: an introductory year and a follow-up study of three years. Students are trained for higher, management or specialist jobs. Apart from professional knowledge, hbo students also learn skills required in everyday practice. Most students do one or two traineeships during their study to prepare them for their future working environment and the difficulties they are likely to encounter.
The dual education system is also adopted in the hbo sector. Theory and practice go hand in hand and students apply theoretical knowledge in practice and vice versa.