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Holland International Study Centre offers a pathway programme at undergraduate level. The pathway leads to a range of degrees at our partner universities.
International Foundation Year
The International Foundation Year is a preparation programme that directly leads to the first year of a three-year undergraduate degree. As well as learning about your subject, you will get help with study skills and English language. After completing the International Foundation Year and meeting the requirements, you will progress to the first year of your chosen degree.
Subject pathways available:
During your course you will study in small classes and have regular support from a personal tutor. You will receive individual attention from our teachers who are experienced in teaching international students. Classes are interactive and you will be encouraged to take an active role in discussions. You will also have an academic personal tutor.
We reserve rooms at The Student Hotel for International Study Centre students. There is no accommodation at the International Study Centre itself. The Student Hotel has two available locations in Amsterdam – Amsterdam City and Amsterdam West.
You do not have to choose this option but we do highly recommended it as alternative housing in Amsterdam is limited.
The first step is to apply to the International Study Centre, receive an offer of a place, and accept your place by paying a deposit. By this point you will have a conditional offer for a degree at your chosen university. The University will then start the visa application process for you.
Your chosen university will manage the visa application process when you confirm your place at the International Study Centre. The visa process usually takes four to six weeks, so make sure to confirm your place early enough for the visa to be processed before you travel to Holland.
We will advise you on when you should arrive in Holland well ahead of your start date. Please ensure to check your emails for more communication.
Travelers from safe countries do not need a test nor quarantine.
Please check the list of safe countries, that you can find here.
If you are coming from a country where the risk of contracting COVID-19 is low (a safe country) you do not need to show a negative test result when you travel to the Netherlands. You are also not required to self-quarantine when you arrive in the Netherlands.
We recommend you pack the following items in your hand luggage:
- passport and visa letter
- conditional offer letter from your university
- International Study Centre offer letter
- notarised and original copies of diplomas / high school grades
- IELTS certificate or other original Secure English Language Test result
- accommodation documents
- four passport-sized photographs
- any insurance documents
- medical certificates including vaccination records
- essential toiletries and medications
- a small amount of cash in Euros.
If you are arriving by plane and have asked for a taxi transfer via the pre-arrival form, you will need to go to the Schiphol Travel Taxi at the Schiphol Transfer Assistance (STA) desk located in Arrivals 4. Please go there immediately after customs. Please do not pay your taxi driver as your fare will be added to your account.
If you are heading directly to your accommodation, the taxi driver will take you to collect your keys - they will have been informed where you will be staying, but it is a good idea for you to have the details to hand.
Check your room confirmation for details of where and when to collect your keys, particularly if you are arriving late at night or early in the morning. If you are arriving when the reception is not open, check your room confirmation for out of hours key collection information. If you are staying in private accommodation, provided you have given us the address in advance, the driver should have this information.
What if my plans change?
If you have booked a taxi transfer but your arrival date changes or you decide to arrange your own taxi transfer, you will need to let us know as soon as possible. We will require two business days’ notice to be able to change or cancel your booking. If you book a taxi but then choose not to take it, it will not be taken off your financial statement and you will still be charged.
Please email HollandISC.CSS@studygroup.com.
Making your own way
At ns.nl/en or 9292.nl/en you can plan your trip and see how long it will take and how much it will cost you to get to your destination. Both websites are available in English and provide information on the trains (NS) including door to door advice (9292).
You can buy an anonymous OV-chipkaart at the airport for €7.50. To travel on trains there must be a minimum credit of €20 on the card. Visit Chipkaart for more information. Alternatively you can purchase a personal OV-chipkaart (a card with your name and photograph on it - a good option if you intend on using trains frequently). You can only apply for an OV-chipkaart once you have a Dutch bank account so this may be something to look into once you are settled in The Netherlands.
In cities where the OV-chip system is already in use, you will need to swipe the card whenever you get on or off the bus, tram and metro. Travelling (also by train) in areas that still have not introduced the OV-chipkaart system means you will have to buy a ticket.
Please note that face masks are only mandatory at airports (after the security check) and on aircraft. You are still advised to wear a face mask on public transport and in crowded places to protect yourself and others.
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