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 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.

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

The Language and Preparatory Programme is currently working on the implementation of a new process in relation with the new civic integration act. As soon as we know when it has consequences for this course, it will be published on the website.

  • Start date: will follow
  • Apply before: will follow
  • Track duration: 7 weeks (this includes exam week), three to four days a week. The total workload is around 30 hours* a week.
  • Track content: Dutch and English
  • Intake test: will follow
  • Tuition fees: € will follow ***
  • Minimum number of participants: 12.

Language Programme (semester 1) – Foundation level: Dutch B1, English A2

The Language and Preparatory Programme is currently working on the implementation of a new process in relation with the new civic integration act. As soon as we know when it has consequences for this course, it will be published on the website.

  • Start date: will follow
  • Apply before: will follow
  • 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: will follow
  • Tuition fees: € will follow ***

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

  • Start date: 15-11-2021
  • Apply before: 11-10-2021
  • Track duration: 10 weeks, 3 to 4 days a week. The total workload is around 30 hours* a week.
  • Track content: Dutch
  • Tuition fees: € 1.253 ***
  • Minimum number of participants: 15.

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

  • Start date: 31-01-2022
  • Apply before: 12-11-2021
  • 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: in the week of December 3, 2021
  • Tuition fees: € 2.193 ***

Language and Preparatory Year (semester 2) - Foundation level: Dutch A2 English A1

  • Start date: 31-01-2022
  • Apply before: 12-11-2021
  • Track duration: 20 weeks, 3 to 4 days a week. The total workload is around 30 hours* a week.
  • Track content: Dutch, English
  • Intake test: in the week of December 3, 2021
  • Tuition fees: € 1.880 ***

* 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.

Terms of Admission

You will be admitted to the Language and Preparatory Programme if you meet these eight 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.
  7. You're 17 years of age or older.
  8. You have a valid residence permit/Dutch ID. Based on a study visa, you cannot participate 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).
  • (if relevant:) ISK (International Transition Class) students: recommendation letter from ISK mentor + results overview.

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

There are four options for paying for the Language and Preparatory Programme.

  1. A direct debit mandate: If you are paying your own fees, you sign a direct debit mandate. With the direct debit mandate you give permission to collect the course fee from your account, this can be done in installments. The installment amount is debited from your account every 24th of the month.

  2. DUO loan for integrators: If you have applied for a DUO loan for integrators, we will receive your DUO approval before the start of the course. If we have not received proof of your DUO loan for integrators before the start of the course, you can only participate if you have signed an a direct debit mandate. If you do receive a DUO loan for integrators later in the process, you can start paying for the lessons from your DUO loan from the next quarter*. It is not possible to pay for the lessons already taken from your DUO loan for integrators.

    *example: if you start on August 31 and you receive a DUO loan in September, you can pay the course fee from your DUO loan from November (1st quarter).

    4th quarter 2021 from 31 aug 2021 - 6 nov 2021
    1st quarter 2022 from 9 nov 2021 - 29 jan 2022
    2nd quarter 2022 from 1 feb 2022 - 2 april 2022
    3rd quarter 2022 from 5 apr 2022 - 25 jun 2022
  3. UAF: 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.

  4. Municipality: If you are registered with the Municipality, we will receive confirmation that the Municipality will pay the course fees. The operational management office will then contact the Municipality for payment.

Have you been admitted?

If you meet all eight conditions, you will be admitted to the programme. If you fail to meet any of the conditions, you will not be admitted.

If you have read all the information mentioned above, you can fill out the application form.

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).

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

For Dutch information go to Taalschakeltraject.

Published by  Student Affairs 6 October 2021