International Foundation Year

A three-term foundation year

The International Foundation Year will fully prepare you for your chosen undergraduate degree at one of our partner universities in Holland.

Studying at the International Study Centre in Amsterdam for three terms, you will gain the English skills and grades you need for university.

Once you successfully complete your foundation year, and achieve the required academic grades, you can progress to your degree course.

You can choose from two foundation subject routes depending on your degree ambitions: Business, Economics and Social Sciences and Science, Engineering and Computing.

Each route teaches core academic modules, study skills, careers advice and specific modules related to your subject.

Business, Economics and Social Sciences International Foundation Year

Holland International Study Centre student Victoria

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.

Science, Engineering and Computing International Foundation Year

University of Twente international student Bertold

This foundation prepares you for science, engineering and computing-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. 

Holland International Study Centre student Ting Ying at VU University Amsterdam

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.

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Why study this Foundation Year?

Why study the International Foundation Year at Holland ISC