Studying at KIT

KIT has offered training programmes on international  public health since 1963. Currently this includes two International Masters Programmes and a wide range of short courses and online courses. The courses respond to current global developments in the health field. KIT’s courses are known for their practical applicability, the multidisciplinary approach and the interactive, participatory training methods. At KIT, students play an important role in the learning process; they learn from each other’s experiences of working in different parts of the world,  as well as through a process of critical reflection on their own experiences and knowledge.


Courses at KIT are followed by health professionals from all over the world. All KIT courses are postgraduate courses,  and to be eligible to participate, applicants need to have a number of years of relevant working experience.  Students come from a range of disciplinary backgrounds. Typical profiles are doctors, nurses, health managers working in hospitals, ministries of health, NGO’s and other organisations. What they all have in common is their engagement in and commitment towards improving health.

The KIT Alumni network is a dynamic community with a global presence; for most, the time at KIT, results in lifelong friendships and professional contacts across the world.

Social Life

Students have many opportunities to  explore and enjoy the vibrant social and cultural scene in Amsterdam.

Events & Excursions

Social get-togethers are organised on a regular basis so students can meet other international students studying at KIT.  Throughout the year the institute organises a number of activities to which students are invited. Depending on the course, these could include a study trip to Geneva to visit WHO and other UN agencies, lunch lectures and conferences, visits to the Keukenhof and the Zuiderzee museum, dinners and boat trips.

The Netherlands and Amsterdam

Classes are held at KIT’s training centre close to the city centre of Amsterdam, which is easy to reach by public transport or by bicycle.

Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is situated in the heart of Europe. With 750,000 inhabitants it is also a relatively small city, peaceful, well-organised and an easy place to find your way around. Amsterdam has always been known for its intellectual freedom, which has greatly stimulated the international exchange of ideas and research. The city is an important centre for cultural, social and financial developments. Amsterdam hosts a wide variety of museums, such as the world famous Rijksmuseum with paintings  by the Dutch masters.

Amsterdam is very cosmopolitan, with over 180 nationalities in the city, making it a welcoming and safe place for international students. The Dutch are generally open-minded and tolerant. Although Dutch is the national language, most people  in Amsterdam also speak English; this makes it easy for international students to interact with the local population.

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The Netherlands is a small country and public transport will take you almost anywhere you want to go, in a few hours.

The bicycle is the cheapest and easiest way to get around, especially if you live in Amsterdam. There are special cycling lanes on almost every road, and other road users are used to cyclists. Most Dutch people, regardless of their profession or status, have a bicycle.

Once you have arrived in Amsterdam, you will discover that many European capitals are within easy reach. Berlin, Brussels and Paris are just a few hours away by train, and a short flight will take you to London, Madrid or Rome.