Preparatory Semester

Course typePreparatory
Course sectorLanguage training
Course duration5 Months (Jan - June)
Starting dateJanuary 2019
Tuition fee EU/EEA students € 4,675
Tuition fee(specification) € 4,675

Get ready for Academic Success! The Preparatory Courses will help you develop the English and Study Skills you need.

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. Students who have not yet met the entry requirement of IELTS 6.0 can register for a Preparatory Course tailored to their current level. 

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. Our programme has been designed specifically to meet the needs of non-native English speakers who need to learn to communicate effectively in an academic environment. The programme adopts the innovative approach of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) which integrates both language and study skills.

If you have an IELTS of 5.0 you can choose to register for the Prep Year or the Prep Intensive course. With an IELTS of 5.5 you can take the Prep Semester course. 

You already have an IELTS of 6.0 but want get a head start and use English more confidently? We recommend the Prep Semester or Prep Short-track.

English for Academic Purposes

Saxion’s Preparatory Courses adopt the innovative approach of English for Academic Purposes (EAP). EAP is grounded in research and developed for international students who need to adapt to new ways of studying and teaching within a different culture. EAP helps you to develop the English and study skills you need to succeed in your academic career. Academic language and study skills are integrated in a programme that helps students progress step by step to meet the learning outcomes. 

The foundation of English for Academic Purposes is cultural awareness and autonomy. Through this course, you will become familiar with your new cultural context in the university and in the Netherlands. You will also start to take charge of your own learning by reflecting on your learning needs and structuring your own learning process.

Course Contents

The Preparatory Courses follow an intensive schedule of varied activities such as lecture-based input, practice sessions, applied skills sessions, projects, elective courses and tutorials. The course contents focus on topics from different fields such as language, ethics, business, culture or global health. At the start of the course, you will also participate in a workshop on Intercultural Awareness and Dutch culture. As you progress in your studies, you will gain more control over your studies for example by choosing your own topics for assignments. 

Rather than giving students one exam at the end of their course period, we use a system of continuous assessments. This means that you will check your skills regularly through tests and assignments so that you can track your own progress. 

The course consists of around 20 contact hours a week and classes are scheduled from Mondays to Fridays. Students are expected to engage in self-study for another 20 hours a week. 

Students who wish to start the Preparatory Intensive course must have a minimum overall IELTS score of 5.5.

When applying for the Preparatory Courses, students are also required to apply for one of Saxion’s Bachelor, Short Degree or Master programmes or a main degree programme with one of the affiliated Institutions of Higher Education in the Netherlands.

The Preparatory Semester  Course is suited for students who are confident that they can do the following in English:

  • Take good notes from short lectures
  • Speak in public for about 10 minutes
  • Understand main ideas in complex texts
  • Understand different writing styles in sections of an academic report

At the end of the Preparatory Course, students will receive a certificate of successful completion with a transcript of records. This certificate will ensure entry to Saxion degree programmes and programmes of affiliated institutions.

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