Business, Economics and Social Sciences International Foundation Year

Your pathway to an undergraduate degree

You will study a mix of core and subject-related modules to develop your academic skills, English language, employability skills and academic knowledge. This Foundation programme is an ideal first step towards studying an English-taught degree in Business, Economics and Social Sciences at a university in Holland. 

Studying in small classes for 16 hours per week, plus 20 hours of self-study per week, you will be thoroughly prepared to enter your chosen degree at one of our partner universities.


The programme is formed of modules. You'll be monitored through continuous coursework and end-of-term or end-of-module assessments to ensure you stay on track. Your coursework includes a series of presentations and extended essays.


Core modules

The Academic English Skills module provides thorough training in the English language and related academic skills to prepare you for degree-level study at university. You will develop your academic writing, effective reading strategies, presentation skills, note taking, essay writing and ability to contribute in group discussions. This module will ensure you reach the required level in reading, writing, listening and speaking in order to progress to your chosen university. 

You will have a personal tutor who supports your personal development and can help resolve any issues related to life away from home, preparation for the academic world, adapting to independent learning and making the most of extracurricular activities. You will have one-to-one meetings at least once a term to assess your attendance, academic performance and to generally support your experience at the Holland International Study Centre. 

Route modules

Develop a basic level of mathematics and understand graphs and functions. This module covers algebra, drawing and interpreting graphs and applying mathematical concepts to real-world situations. 

This module will give you a basic understanding of the methods used in accounting. You will be introduced to finance topics such as time value of money and interest rates. You will also understand a range of basic financial statements based on business information, including balance sheets, income statements and cash flow statements.

This module gives an introduction to one-dimensional calculus. You will learn to differentiate power functions, exponential functions and logarithmic functions, as well as how to apply the sum rule, product rule, quotient rule and chain rules.

Gain an introduction to the principles, concepts and models of microeconomic analysis. Learn how to apply your knowledge and understand data analysis and evaluate economic issues. You will be able to analyse and apply economic principles and use data analysis techniques.

This module looks at how managers can improve communication process and planning. You will develop an understanding of the interaction between communications, knowledge and information. You will also look at how IT systems can be used as a management tool for collecting, storing, dissemination and providing access to knowledge and information.

Key facts 

Start: September

Length: Three terms

Term dates:

Term 1: 16/09/2019 - 13/12/2019
Term 2:
06/01/2020 - 27/03/2020
Term 3:
06/04/2020 - 26/06/2020

Entry requirements


Progression universities

Once you successfully complete your programme and achieve the required academic grades, you can progress to selected degrees at one of the following universities: