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Preparatory Semester

  • Degree

    Preparatory course

  • Start date

    January, February

  • Location


  • Duration

    6 Months

  • Tuition fee (EU/EEA students)

    € 4.675

  • Tuition fee (NON-EU students)

    € 4.675

The Preparatory Foundation Course offers an intensive schedule of varied activities preparing you for studying and living in the Netherlands.

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Improve your skills

Saxion University of Applied Sciences offers a range of Preparatory Courses for international students seeking to upgrade their English language and study skills before starting a Bachelor or Master Degree programme.

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Language course setup

Saxion’s Preparatory Courses offer you intensive English language preparation in reading, writing, listening and speaking. The courses are organised in an interactive small group setting with attention on individual feedback and progress.

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Pre-bachelor tracks

Pre-bachelor tracks help you prepare for your future major at Saxion (or beyond) through a selective choice of disciplines.

Application for the Preparatory Semester is currently not possible

Application for the Preparatory Semester for the academic year 2023-2024 is currently not possible due to a redesign of the programme. Please check this page regularly for updates regarding the preparatory semester programme.

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Course Content

The course is clearly organised into morning sessions that are mainly language based and afternoon sessions which are more skills based.

Morning sessions include:

  • Intensive general and academic language skills – including a lot of projects and group work to get you fully prepared for your future university course of choice
  • Comprehensive introduction to Dutch culture and academic survival skills with emphasis upon the importance of autonomous learning and group project work
  • Regular one on one tutorial opportunities and personalised study motivational planning
  • Periodic exam weeks for monitoring (pre-final exam) progress

Afternoon sessions cover:

  • In class IELTS exam training
  • Pre-bachelor tracks to help you prepare for your future major at Saxion (or beyond) through a selective choice of disciplines

Additional class time content involving:

  • Social activities and excursions which traditionally have encompassed either an ice skating or bowling activity and trips to Dutch beauty spots, museums, or businesses.  

The Course Objective

By the end of the course, you will benefit from either a graduation certificate to guarantee you a place on a Saxion degree programme and / or the opportunity to gain a suitable IELTS score which would also allow you to study at Saxion and /or another institute of your choice.

Assistance in booking and reaching an IELTS test centre can be provided if required. If you pass the external IELTS exam at an official test centre, half the IELTS exam fee will be reimbursed.