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.
** The set of preparatory courses will depend on your study choice.
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:
You will be admitted to the Language and Preparatory Programme if you meet these five conditions (and there are places available):
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:
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.
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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.
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.
You do not need to sit the intake test if you have passed two components of the NT2-II state examination.
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.
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.
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.
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.