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Page last updated on 07.07.2021 at 12:00 GMT

On campus, if we can | Online, because we can

We are looking forward to welcoming you to your studies. You can start your programme with us on campus, or virtually from the comfort of your own home before joining us on campus by the start of your second term. Whether you begin your education in an on-campus classroom or virtually from your normal place of residence, you will receive quality teaching, expert support and be fully integrated into our student community from day one. 

We have worked hard to develop a programme of virtual learning that prepares you for your next step and we will get you to where you want to be. Whenever it is safe to do so, we will support you to join us on campus. Start your programme now and progress to your chosen Dutch university.*

Joining us on campus

When you choose to join us on campus, you will benefit from a high-quality blended learning experience ensuring you get the best of both worlds: some classes and activities will take place face-to-face, and some will take place online. Because of this, it is important that you are able to regularly commute to campus for face-to-face classes – so please ensure you choose accommodation within a one hour travel time of your campus.

Once you are on campus and enjoying our blended learning experience, your safety is our top priority. By listening to your feedback and by following guidance provided by the government, public health authorities and our university partners, we have put the following measures in place to help you feel confident ahead of arriving on-campus†:

  • Risk assessments of all our buildings 
  • Hand sanitisers in all our spaces 
  • Face-coverings are available to you
  • Regular deep cleaning of all our buildings

Starting your programme virtually from home

You can start your programme virtually from home and join us on campus before the start of your second term. If you choose this option, you will benefit from:

  • 21-day money-back satisfaction offer‡ 
  • Visa refund policy‡
  • Wider range of English language tests accepted

However you choose to start your studies

Whether you decide to join us online or offline, you will benefit from a world class education and student support. As an OfS registered provider, all students studying with us will experience the highest level of teaching and student support – whether they study online or on campus. We also offer a range of preparation programmes designed to support you to study, work and live in Holland including our Prepare for Success and Virtual Internship programmes.

A caring community

You'll receive a warm welcome and plenty of support to help you succeed. We will offer a range of welcome activities to help you settle in to student life and make the most of your student experience. As part of our programme of welcome activities we will encourage you to take the opportunity to meet your teachers and fellow students – you will be fully part of our international community from day one. As soon as you start your programme, you will meet other international students who are going through a very similar experience to you. You may already have met them on our Prepare for Success course! For full information on Induction Week see below.

Your student experience

We recognise that the social aspect of student life is very important to you. That’s why we are putting together a comprehensive Induction Week programme which includes fun-filled and inspiring events to help you settle in and meet other students.

During your time at Holland International Study Centre, you could become a Student Ambassador and help to organise events and activities for your peers, write blogs, give tours, or run social media accounts. You could also join the student council to represent your fellow students’ views. Life in the Netherlands will bring plenty of opportunities to get involved and meet people who share common interests.

* Subject to meeting progression requirements
** Subject to satisfactory completion of our detailed health and safety risk assessment
† We will continue to monitor and review all the safety and wellbeing measures throughout the coming months
‡ Subject to terms and conditions

Look out for fraud

Scammers may specifically target international students by pretending to be the Police, Visa issuing authorities, education agents or other regulatory bodies. It is important to be able to recognise common signs of fraudulent activity and know what to do if you come across it. The best way to protect yourself from any kind of fraud is to protect your passwords, regularly update your devices with the most up to date security software and never share your bank details or transfer money to an account you don’t recognise.

We're here to help

Make sure you tell a teacher or a member of student services team if you receive a suspicious message or phone call, or if you have any concerns about fraudulent activity. It is important that you let us know as soon as possible so that we can help to protect you and other international students in case they are targeted in the same way.

Discover more

    Find out more about what to expect, whether studying online or preparing to join us on campus.

Additional information

Where should I go if I have further questions?

For enquiries related to students who are already at the International Study Centre, please contact the Centre direct. Please send all other enquiries to

If you have now confirmed or conditionally confirmed your place and have any questions about starting your studies either at the Holland International Study Centre or online; you can contact our Central Student Support Team at

Find out more about starting your studies or check the latest COVID-19 information.