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Language and Preparatory Programme

If you would like to study at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) and have completed your prior education abroad, then the Language and Preparatory Programme (TST: Taal- en Schakeltraject) is a good option. This programme let you prepare for the Dutch as a Second Language (NT2) level II state examination.

However, you obviously need more than that to be a successful student, which is why you'll also learn to work in project groups, write reports, give presentations and so on. You will additionally take courses which are important for your studies, such as English, mathematics or history.

Through the Language and Preparatory Programme, you can increase your Dutch language level from 0 to B2+ in two years. There are five starting dates for this programme. Language Programmes 1 and 2 focus primarily on Dutch and English language acquisition. In addition to studying Dutch and English during the Language and Preparatory Year, you will also receive intensive instruction on study skills and take preparatory courses. 

The Summer School is a short track in preparation for the Language and Preparatory Year. It is intended for people who have not yet reached B1 level in Dutch and/or A2 level in English and have applied for the B1 track starting in September 2019.

Language Programme 1 – Level: Dutch 0, English A1

  • Starting date: 2 September 2019
  • Apply before: 31 May 2019
  • Track duration: 20 weeks, three days a week. The total workload is around 30 hours* a week.
  • Track content: Dutch
  • Course fees for civic integration programme participants or UAF students: €2,000
  • Course fees for those paying the fees themselves: €800

Language Programme 2 – Level: Dutch A2, English A1

  • Starting date: 4 February 2019
  • Apply before: 1 December 2018
  • Track duration: 20 weeks, three days a week. The total workload is around 30 hours* a week.
  • Track content: Dutch and English
  • Intake test: the intake tests for both Dutch and English will be administered on Tuesday, 11 December from 09:30 until 15:00 (see the application procedures and terms of admission).
  • Course fees for civic integration programme participants or UAF students: €2,000
  • Course fees for those paying the fees themselves: €800

Language and Preparatory Year – Level: Dutch B1, English A2

  • Starting date: 2 September 2019
  • Apply before: 15 April 2019
  • Track duration: 20 weeks, four days a week. The total workload is around 40 hours* a week.
  • Track content: Dutch, English, computer skills, Bachelor's level skills, citizenship, mathematics
  • Intake test: the intake tests for both Dutch and English will be administered on May 6 2019 between 9.00 and 16.30 hours
  • Course fees for civic integration programme participants or UAF students: €2,500
  • Course fees for those paying the fees themselves: €1,039

Language and Preparatory Year – Level: Dutch B2-, English B1-

  • Starting date: 4 February 2019
  • Apply before: 1 December 2018
  • Track duration: 20 weeks, four days a week. The total workload is around 40 hours* a week.
  • Track content: Dutch, English, computer skills, Bachelor’s level skills, state examination training, preparatory courses (biology, economics, social studies, history, mathematics, physics)**
  • Intake test: the intake tests for both Dutch and English will be administered on Tuesday, 11 December from 09:30 until 15:00 (see the application procedures and terms of admission).
  • Course fees for civic integration programme participants or UAF students: €2,500
  • Course fees for those paying the fees themselves: €1,030

** The set of preparatory courses will depend on your study choice.

Summer School

It is not possible to apply for the Summer School. You can only apply for the Language and Preparatory Programme starting in September (Dutch level B1, English level A2). If your intake test scores are just below B1/A2 level, attendance of the English and/or Dutch Summer School is compulsory.

See the dates below:

Dutch Summer School – Level B1- to B1

  • Starting date: from 1 July 2019 until 26 July 2019
  • Track duration: five mornings/afternoons per week
  • Course fees for civic integration programme participants or UAF students: €694
  • Course fees for those paying the fees themselves: €458

English Summer School – Level A2- to A2

  • Starting date: from 29 July 2019 until 23 August 2019
  • Track duration: four mornings/afternoons per week
  • Course fees for civic integration programme participants or UAF students: €556
  • Course fees for those paying the fees themselves: €367

Terms of Admission

You will be admitted to the Language and Preparatory Programme if you meet these five conditions (and there are places available):

  1. You have uploaded all of the required documents using the application form.
  2. You hold a diploma from a foreign country that is equivalent to at least senior secondary vocational education level 4/senior general secondary education level 5. You must not yet have completed a senior secondary vocational education or higher professional education degree programme in the Netherlands.
  3. You have the Dutch and English language skills required to start on the desired entry date.
  4. Your intake interview was successful.
  5. You must demonstrate that you can pay for your participation in the Language and Preparatory Programme.

Application procedure

1. Original documents

We will start the intake procedure once you have completed the application form on this website and we have received a scan of the following original documents:

  • a comprehensive motivation letter explaining why you have chosen to do the Language and Preparatory Programme, what your prior education is, which degree programme you have chosen and why;
  • your original secondary school diploma + translation (if applicable);
  • your original secondary school list of marks + translation (if applicable);
  • your university or higher education degree certificate + translation (if applicable);
  • certificates for any Dutch courses you have taken previously (if applicable);
  • the original UAF contract (if applicable);
  • confirmation of your DUO loan (if applicable).

Please ensure you have gathered and scanned all of these documents before submitting the application form. If any of the documents are missing, your application will not be processed.

If you are a refugee and did not take any diplomas with you, please provide additional information about your prior education on the application form, using the template below.

Type of education Number of years
completed
Explanatory notes
Basic education    
Secondary education    
University/higher education    

2. Diploma

Before we start the intake procedure, we evaluate whether your prior education matches the level required to be admitted to the Language and Preparatory Programme. This means that your diploma from a foreign country must be equivalent to at least senior secondary vocational education level 4/senior general secondary education level 5.

3. Intake test

Once we have received all of your documents and your credential evaluation shows you are eligible, you will be invited to sit an intake test. The results of the intake test will determine whether you have the language skills required to start on the desired entry date. No correspondence will be entered into regarding the intake test scores, nor will the intake test papers be made available for inspection.

For more information about language skills levels, please look under Tracks and starting dates.

Exemption for Dutch B2- intake test

You do not need to sit the intake test if you have passed two components of the NT2-II state examination.

4. Intake interview

If you pass the intake test, you will be invited to an intake interview. This interview will take approximately 30 minutes. Over the course of the interview, we will ask you a number of questions about such topics as your prior education, your motivation for applying for the Language and Preparatory Programme, your study choice, etc. When you receive the invitation for the intake interview, you will also be given information about how to prepare.

5. Payment

Before starting the programme, you must demonstrate that you can pay your course fees.

If you are paying your own fees, you will be asked to sign a direct debit mandate. This will allow us to take the course fees out of your account. If preferred, you can pay in instalments.

If you have applied for a DUO loan, you must send us confirmation that your loan has been granted before starting the programme.

If you are registered with the UAF Foundation for Refugee Students, we will receive confirmation that the UAF will pay the course fees. The operational management office will then contact the UAF for payment.

Have you been admitted?

If you meet all five conditions, you will be admitted to the programme. If you fail to meet any of the conditions, you will not be admitted.

Privacy

Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) Student Affairs respects your privacy and will handle your personal data with care, acting in conformity with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). 

If you terminate your enrolment before graduating, your data will be kept in our Student Information System (SIS) for up to five years. If you graduate, your data will be kept in our Student Information System (SIS) for up to two years.

In our Privacy Statement, we set out how your personal data will be used and what your rights are. 

The programme closes with the Dutch as a Second Language level II (NT2-II) state examination, which covers writing, speaking, listening and reading. Once you pass this examination (all four parts), your Dutch language skills are deemed sufficient for admission to AUAS. Students register themselves for the NT2-II state examination, but not without consulting their lecturer first.

If you have a diploma from a foreign country and are applying for admission to a degree programme at AUAS, your credentials will have to be evaluated. If your diploma does not meet the admission requirements (at least senior secondary vocational education level 4/senior general secondary education level), you may qualify to take the 21+ entrance examination.

You cannot apply for a student visa for a Dutch-language degree programme in 2019. However, aspiring students who want to take a degree programme on the basis of a student visa may enrol in one of AUAS' English-language programmes. See 'Degree programmes' for a list of English-language degree programmes and terms of admission.

Published by  Student Affairs 3 April 2019