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Language and Preparatory Course

The Language and Preparatory Programme (Taal- en Schakeltraject, or TST) has been set up to help prospective students who do not speak Dutch prepare for their studies at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS). It consists of a curriculum that integrates learning Dutch as a Second Language, acquiring Bachelor's level skills and taking preparatory courses, with a combined focus on subject-specific language and knowledge (i.e. language instruction linked to a specific discipline).


Period Language skills level Start Apply before
4 Study trajectory B2 18-04-2017 20-03-2017
0 0-A2 1: 13-03-2017 
2: 03-07-2017
1: 27-02-2017 
2: 05-06-2017 / please note: student visa holders please apply before 1 February 2017!
1 A2 - low B1 04-09-2017 31-07-2017
2 low B1 – high B1 13-11-2017 09-10-2017
3 high B1 - B2 05-02-2018 01-01-2018
4 Study trajectory B2 16-04-2018 19-03-2018
  • If there are sufficient applicants, groups may start at any given moment. If you wish to start at another moment than the ones stated above, please, inform us at

If you meet the admission criteria, you will be invited to take an admissions test and information meeting.

You should:

  • have a diploma at least equivalent to a Dutch higher general secondary education (HAVO) / intermediate vocational education – middle-management training (MBO-4) diploma
  • not yet have completed a vocational (MBO) or professional Bachelor's (HBO) programme in the Netherlands
  • have a valid residence permit for the duration of the programme
  • have the Dutch language level needed to start in the desired study period.

Spring programme and summer programme

  • The spring and summer programmes are elementary programmes, aiming to lead students to progress from language level A0 to A2, in the course of two to three months.
  • You will attend four to five classes per week, taking place during the day. The study load (lessons and self-study) will be approximately 30 to 40 hours a week.
  • At the end of period 0, there will be an A2 test. You need to pass this test in order to proceed to the fulltime programme in period 1. If you do not pass the test, it is possible to be admitted to the part-time programme, depending on your results.

Fulltime programme

  • The fulltime programme is an intensive trajectory, aiming to lead students to progress to a B2 level within a year’s time.
  • You will attend four to five classes per week, taking place during the day. The study load (lessons and self-study) will be approximately 40 hours a week.
  • At the end of period 2, there will be a high B1 test. You need to pass this test in order to proceed to period 3.
  • At the end of period 3, you will sit the level 2 state examination NT2-II (Dutch as a second language).
  • The fulltime programme links up to the study trajectory.

Curriculum full-time programme

Period 1 Dutch as a Second Language
Computer Skills
Period 2 Dutch as a Second Language
Workshops aimed at Bachelor's Level Skills
Knowledge of Dutch Society (KNM)
Period 3

Dutch as a Second Language
Project choosing a degree programme
State Examination Bootcamp

Study trajectory

  • The study trajectory prepares students for a Bachelor programme.
  • Over the course of the programme, you will learn and gain experience of the educational methods used in Dutch higher education, including project-based working, group assignments, presentations and lectures.
  • You will be able to choose two preparatory courses that will provide the best foundation for your prospective degree programme. These courses have a dual focus: as you learn about a specific subject, you practise and improve your Dutch skills at the same time. If your previous diploma does not meet the conditions for admission to the degree programme of your choice, you will have to complete one or more preparatory courses in order to be admitted. Upon passing a preparatory course, you will be issued a ‘prerequisite completion statement’ ( Verklaring Opheffing Deficiëntie).
  • During the study trajectory, civic integration programme participants and students with a loan from the Education Executive Agency (DUO) will be offered classes in Knowledge of Dutch Society (KNM), as well as Orientation into the Dutch Labour Market (ONA), to be able to meet the latest civic integration requirements.

Curriculum study trajectory

Period 4
  • Subject-specific preparatory courses (choice of Biology, Economics, History, Social Studies, Physics, Mathematics A and Mathematics B)
  • Dutch as a Second Language for academic purposes
  • Bachelor's Level Skills
  • Intensive trajectory English level A2-B1 (optional)
  • Orientation into the Dutch Labour Market (ONA) (optional)
  • State Examination Training NT2 (Dutch as a Second Language - for students who did not pass all the sections)


Over the course of the programme, you will take various tests. Some of them are computer-based. You will find the requirements for each course listed in the syllabus. 


Admission period Civic integration programme participants 
UAF students 
Student visa holders
Other students
0 through 1 (March) € 1.875,00 € 825,00
0 through 1 (July) € 1.250,00 € 825,00
1 through 4 
(September to June)
€ 5.000,00 € 2.006,00
2 through 4
(November to June)
€ 3.750,00 € 1.604,80
3 through 4
(February to June)
€ 2.500,00 € 1.003,00
4 (April to June) € 1.250,00 € 601,80


You may also pay in instalments. All stated amounts are subject to change by the Executive Board of the AUAS.

  • Unfortunately, there is no financial assistance available for students enrolled in the Language and Preparatory Programme. However, as a participant in a civic integration programme, you can apply for a loan from the  Education Executive Agency (DUO).
  • If you are registered with the UAF Foundation for Refugee Students, you do not have to pay back the loan. 
  • If you are paying your own course fees, you will be asked to sign a course contract and authorisation upon starting the programme.
  • If you choose to end your participation in the programme, or are adviced to, you have to pay the course fees for all of the study periods in which you took part.

UAF students

If you are registered with the UAF Foundation for Refugee Students, you do not have to pay your own course fees. 

Course materials

All students are responsible for purchasing their own course materials. You will receive a reading list for each study period. The costs of these materials cannot be reclaimed.

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 exam (all four parts), your Dutch language skills are deemed sufficient for admission to the AUAS. Students have to register to sit the NT2-II state exam themselves.

If you hold a foreign diploma and are applying for admission to a degree programme at the AUAS, your credentials have to be evaluated first. If your foreign diploma does not meet the admission requirements, you may qualify to take the  21+ entrance examination (webpage in Dutch). Applicants who need a student visa must meet all the admission requirements before requesting a visa.

Student visa

If you are coming to the Netherlands from a non-EU/EEA country to study at the AUAS, you will need a student visa (a residence permit (VVR) or provisional residence permit (MVV)). The AUAS will handle the visa application process, provided we have received your programme application form by 1 February 2017. Click here for information about  student visas.

Please note that all participants coming to the Netherlands on a student visa must start the programme on Monday, 3 July 2017. If you arrive in the Netherlands after this date, we will cancel your registration with the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service and you will not be able to participate in the programme or remain in the Netherlands.


Published by  Student Affairs 22 May 2017