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|
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 you meet the admission criteria, you will be invited to take an admissions test and information meeting.
|Period 1||Dutch as a Second Language
|Period 2||Dutch as a Second Language
Workshops aimed at Bachelor's Level Skills
Knowledge of Dutch Society (KNM)
Dutch as a Second Language
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
Student visa holders
|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.
If you are registered with the UAF Foundation for Refugee Students, you do not have to pay your own course fees.
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.
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.