English programmes

English language preparation

Gain the English language and study skills you need for your chosen undergraduate or postgraduate degree with one of our English Programmes. Studying for two or three terms at our centre in Amsterdam you will raise your English language level and adapt to the teaching and learning style of universities in Holland. 

What you will study

You will study 12 hours in class plus six to eight hours of self-study per week. During the course you will:

  • Expand your vocabulary
  • Improve listening and writing 
  • Increase your conversational skills
  • Develop reading and self-study skills
  • Improve your pronunciation and understanding of grammar

After successfully completing the programme you can progress to your chosen degree at one of our partner universities. 

Partner universities

To study one of our English Programmes you will need to have a conditional offer from one of our partner universities listed below. 

We also work with other universities in Holland on a case-by-case basis. If you are interested in studying in Holland and need to improve your English language level first, then contact us to discuss your options. 

For undergraduate progression:


Degrees at Stenden University of Applied Sciences focus on practical experience, with many offering integrated internships and real-life project work. Students at Stenden are prepared for their future career and can have the exciting opportunity to study at the university's other campuses around the world, such as Bali, Qatar and Thailand. 

  • International university with 25% of students from outside Holland, representing more than 90 nationalities
  • Opportunity to join an exchange programme with one of Stenden's 90 partner universities worldwide


Studying at Van Hall Larenstein (VHL) University of Applied Sciences you will be immersed in competence-based learning to prepare you for your professional career. Degrees focus on nature, the environment, human and animal health, nutrition, food production, responsible entrepreneurship and business. 

  • Choice of two campuses in northern Holland less than an hour from Groningen
  • Contributing to a sustainable world through education, applied research and organisation

For postgraduate progression:


Wageningen University is ranked among the best in the world and through working with governments and businesses it is now the largest university in Europe. The campus has everything you need for your academic and social student life, and it's 90 minutes by train from Amsterdam. Degrees focus on healthy food and living environment. 

  • #65 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-17)
  • #1 university in the Netherlands (Keuzegids Universities 2017)

Start dates: September 

Centre: Amsterdam 

Three terms

Term 1: 18/09/17 - 15/12/17
Term 2: 02/01/18 - 30/03/18
Term 3: 02/04/18 - 06/07/18

Two terms

Term 1: 02/01/18 - 30/03/18
Term 2: 02/04/18 - 06/07/18

English language
Two-term programme: IELTS 5.5 (minimum 5.5 in writing and no other sub scores below 5.0)

Three-term programme: IELTS 5.0 (minimum 5.0 in writing and no other sub scores below 4.5)


You need to meet the academic entry requirements for your chosen degree

Iryna from Ukraine

Iryna studied English Programmes at the Holland International Study Centre

This course at the International Study Centre really helps me to prepare for university and to understand what university demands from me because the style of education in Ukraine and in Holland is very different.

Iryna from Ukraine studied English Pre-Masters
Progressed to MSc Marketing at University of Groningen