If you would like to study at the 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. In this programme you can prepare for the Dutch as a Second Language (NT2) level II state examination. But you need more than that to be a successful student, of course, 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 study programme, such as English, mathematics or history.
In the Language and Preparatory Programme, you can increase your Dutch language level from 0 to B2+ in two years. There are five start 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 programme 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, as well as student visa holders.
Entry requirement Dutch|English
Duration + workload
|Language programme 1||0|A1||3 September 2018||1 February 2019||20 weeks, 3 days, 30 hours*||1 June 2018|
|Language programme 2||A2|A1||4 February 2019||15 February 2019||20 weeks, 3 days, 30 hours*||1 December 2018|
|Language and Preparatory Year||B1|A2||3 September 2018||1 February 2019||20 weeks, 4 days, 40 hours*||1 June 2018|
|Language and Preparatory Year||B1+|A2+||4 February 2019||15 July 2018||20 weeks, 4 days, 40 hours*||1 December 2018|
|Summer School||A2+|A1+||2 July 2018||31 August 2018||8 weeks, 4 days, 40 hours*||1 May 2018
Student visa candidates
must apply before 1 February 2018
* Lessons are held during the day and the workload includes both lesson hours and independent study.
To progress to a subsequent level, you must fulfil the academic progress requirements: interim tests, written assignments, attendance, projects (if applicable) etc.
Entry requirement Dutch|English
|Language programme 1||0|A1||Dutch, computer skills|
|Language programme 2||A2|A1||Dutch, English, computer skills|
|Language and Preparatory Year||B1|A2||Dutch, English, computer skills, Bachelor's level skills, Knowledge of Dutch Society|
|Language and Preparatory Year||B1+|A2+||Dutch, English. computer skills Bachelor's level skills, state examination training, preparatory courses (biology, economics, social studies, history mathematics, physics) **|
|Summer School||A2+|A1+||Dutch, English|
** The set of preparatory courses will depend on your choice of study programme.
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. You must not yet have completed a senior secondary vocational (MBO) or Bachelor’s (HBO) degree programme in the Netherlands.
3. You have the Dutch and English language skills required to start in the desired study period.
4. Your intake interview was successful.
5. You must demonstrate that you can pay for your participation in the Language and Preparatory Programme.
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
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.
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 Dutch language skills required to start in the desired study period. For more information about language skills levels, please look under Programme starting dates.
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 choice of degree programme, etc.
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, you do not have to pay your own course fees. You must upload proof that you are a UAF student (contract) and that they will pay the course fees for you. The operational management office will then arrange payment with the UAF.
Civic integration programme participants UAF students Student visa holders
Other students (paying course fees themselves)
|Language Programme 1||€2.000||€800|
|Language Programme 2||€2.000||€800|
|Language and Preparatory Year B1 to B1+||€2.500||€1.003|
|Language and Preparatory Year B1+ to B2+||€2.500||€1.003|
• Unfortunately, no student grants and loans are available for students enrolled in the Language and Preparatory Programme. However, as a participant in the civic integration programme, you can apply for a loan from the Education Executive Agency (DUO).
• Asylum migrants do not need to repay the loan.
• Please note that you must pay the course fees yourself until your DUO loan application has been granted.
• If you are paying your own course fees, you will be asked to sign a direct debit mandate before starting the programme. You can also pay in instalments.
• If you leave the programme, you must pay for all completed study periods and for the study periods you started.
• All stated amounts are subject to change by the Executive Board of the AUAS.
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 claimed back. Students with a DUO loan do not have to pay for the NT2 course materials themselves. These will be issued to them at the start of each study period.
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 the AUAS. Students register themselves for the NT2-II state examination, but not without consulting their lecturer first.
Diplomas from a foreign country and student visa
If you have a diploma from a foreign country and are applying for admission to a degree programme at the 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. 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 a provisional residence permit (MVV)). The AUAS will handle the visa application process, provided we have received your programme application form by 1 February 2017. For more information, please look under Student visa.
Please note that all participants coming to the Netherlands on a student visa will start the Language and Preparatory Programme on Monday, 4 July 2018. 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.
To participate in the Language and Preparatory Year on a student visa, Level A2+ is required. Either follow an online course or take one at a language centre in your home country. Your language level will be evaluated by one of the lecturers in a Skype conversation. The Summer School requires a minimum of Level A2+. If you have not managed to pass the B1 test at the end of Summer School, you will not be admitted to the Language and Preparatory Year and you will have to leave the programme.