Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Language and Preparatory Programme

If you would like to study at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) and have completed your prior education abroad, the Language and Preparatory Programme (TST: Taal- en Schakeltraject) is a good option. This programme lets 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 will 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. 

Language Programme 1 – Foundation level: Dutch 0, English A1 (enrolment closed)

  • Start 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
  • Tuition fees: €1,760.23***

Language Programme 2 – Foundation level: Dutch A2, English A1 (enrolment closed)

  • Start date: 3 February 2020
  • Apply before: 25 November 2019
  • Track duration: 20 weeks, three days a week. The total workload is around 30 hours* a week.
  • Track content: Dutch and English
  • Intake test: please note that the intake tests will be administered in the week starting 3 December 2019. The exact dates will be announced in due course.
  • Tuition fees: €1,760.23***

Language Programme 3 – Foundation level: Dutch A2, English A1 

  • Minimum number of participants: 12. If there are less than 12 participants, the course will be cancelled.
  • Start date: 15 April 2020
  • Apply before: 5 March 2020
  • Track duration: 20 weeks, three days a week. The total workload is around 30 hours* a week.
  • Track content: Dutch and English
  • Intake test: please note that the intake tests will be administered in the week starting 16 March 2020. The exact dates will be announced in due course.
  • Tuition fees: €1,760.23***
     

Summerschool – Foundation level: Dutch B1-, English A2-

  • Minimum number of participants: 12. If there are less than 12 participants, the course will be cancelled.
  • Start date: 29 June 2020
  • Apply before: 21 May 2020
  • Track duration: 9 weeks, three days a week. The total workload is around 30 hours* a week.
  • Track content: Dutch and English
  • Intake test: please note that the intake tests will be administered in the week starting 2 June 2020. The exact dates will be announced in due course.
  • Tuition fees: € 792.10***

 

Language and Preparatory Year (semester 1) – Foundation level: Dutch B1, English A2 (enrolment closed)

  • Start 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 6 May 2019 between 9:00 and 16:30.
  • Tuition fees: €2,053.60***

Language and Preparatory Year (semester 2) – Foundation level: Dutch B2-, English B1- (enrolment closed)

  • Start date: 3 February 2020
  • Apply before: 25 November 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, state examination training, preparatory courses (biology, economics, social studies, history, mathematics, physics)**
  • Intake test: please note that the intake tests will be administered in the week starting 3 December 2019. The exact dates will be announced in due course.
  • Tuition fees: €2,053.60***

* The total workload is the number of hours that you are required to spend in class plus the number of hours that you are expected to spend on homework.
** The set of preparatory courses will depend on your study choice.
*** Due to new government rules, we have been forced to amend our fees. For students with a DUO loan, NT2 books will be invoiced separately. Students without a DUO loan will need to purchase and pay for the books themselves.

*** Due to new government rules, we have been forced to amend our fees. For students with a DUO loan, NT2 books will be invoiced separately. Students without a DUO loan will need to purchase and pay for the books themselves.

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.
  3. You must not yet have completed a senior secondary vocational education or higher professional education degree programme in the Netherlands.
  4. You have the Dutch and English language skills required to start on the desired entry date.
  5. Your intake interview was successful.
  6. 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
Explanation
Basic education    
Secondary education    
University/higher education    

2. Degree certificate

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 degree certificate 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.

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.

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) and in the admin database of the Language and Preparatory Programme for up to five years. If you graduate, your data will be kept in both systems for up to two years.

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

AUAS Language and Preparatory Programme Privacy Statement, November 2019
The Language and Preparatory Programme has been set up to train students for the Dutch as a Second Language (NT2) level II state examination and to help prospective students who do not speak Dutch prepare for their studies. To facilitate your enrolment, we gather and process several items of data. This is done in conformity with the General Data Protection Regulation and AUAS guidelines. The AUAS Privacy Statement can be found here.

Which data are gathered?

We ask that you upload the following documents, if applicable for your application:

  • motivation letter;
  • copy of your valid residence permit;
  • copy of your secondary school diploma (list of marks + translation);
  • copy of your university degree certificate (list of marks + translation);
  • copy of your Dutch language course/NT2 level I or II state examination diploma/certificate;
  • copy of proof that you are registered with the UAF Foundation for Refugee Students;
  • copy of proof that you are entitled to a DUO loan;
  • For International Preparatory Year applicants: copy of your mentor's letter of recommendation and list of marks.

In addition to the aforementioned data, we also ask for your name, address, telephone number and email address.

Why do we gather these data?

We require these data so that we can establish that your prior education matches the level required and that the Language and Preparatory Programme is right for you before we enrol you as a course participant.

Where are these data stored?

We store these data in the AUAS Student Information System (SIS) and in the Student Affairs admin system.

Who has access to these data?

The data can be accessed by administrative support staff and teaching staff working for the Language and Preparatory Programme and certain systems administrators working for the AUAS Administration Centre (for technical maintenance purposes).

For how long will the data be stored?

Personal data will not be stored for longer than strictly necessary. Your data will be destroyed two years after your graduation or five years after the termination of your enrolment. This is in conformity with new guidelines contained in the selection list of the Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences.

Legal basis for processing data

Data are processed on behalf of the Language and Preparatory Programme to enable us to perform a contract that you are a party to, i.e. your course contract.

Sharing personal data

If you have signed a supervision agreement with the UAF for the purpose of studying the Language and Preparatory Programme, we will share some of your data with the UAF. These are your date of birth, name, address, town/city of residence, telephone number and email address. We do this to be able to discuss your progress.

More information?

You can find more information about the protection of your personal data and your rights as an interested party on the A-Z page.

Any questions about the Language and Preparatory Programme Privacy Statement?

If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement, you can send an email to taalenschakel@hva.nl

Published by  Student Affairs 11 December 2019