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What is a pathway programme?

A pathway programme prepares international students to succeed at university, developing their English and academic skills before they begin their degree. Study your International Foundation Year at the Holland International Study Centre and prepare for an undergraduate degree at one of our partner universities. The International Foundation Year will make sure you are ready to study your English-taught degree in Holland.

Why study a pathway programme?

1. Feel supported from your first day abroad

Preparing for your degree with a pathway programme allows you to adjust to life in a new country in a supportive environment, surrounded by other international students.

2. Become a confident communicator

You will have time to practice your English language and build confidence in your speaking ability before starting your degree.

3. Develop your academic skills

You will learn study skills and knowledge specific to your chosen subject, while also getting used to the European teaching styles you will experience at a university in the Netherlands.

Pathway programmes at the International Study Centre

We offer one undergraduate programme with a choice of two subject routes. Find out more on the pages below.

International Foundation Year

A three-term programme preparing you for undergraduate study in business-related degrees in Holland.

Learn more about the International Foundation Year
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Business, Economics and Social Sciences International Foundation Year

This foundation prepares you for business, economics and social sciences-related degrees at a range of universities in Holland. Find out about modules, assessment, term dates and degrees you can progress to after this course.

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Prepare for Success

5 weeks before your selected course you will be automatically enrolled in our Prepare for Success online programme in order to help you get everything you need.

Entry requirements

Find out the entry requirements for programmes at the Holland International Study Centre.

Find out admissions requirements

How does a pathway programme work?

A pathway programme gives international students time and support to adjust to life in a new country. It also prepares them for university-level study.

You will benefit from the following:

  • Support at the application stage and throughout your time at the International Study Centre.
  • English language teaching to grow your confidence.
  • Help with study skills, such as time management.
  • Western university-style teaching, which is more interactive.
  • Academic preparation in your chosen subject route.
  • Guaranteed progression to your chosen university on successful completion of your pathway programme.
Zoe from China

This Foundation Year has helped me a lot as without it the subjects would be very confusing without knowing the English. The International Study Centre helped me a lot with the skills I need at university. It is very interesting and I like learning here.