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 20 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

You will study a selection of route modules (typically eight over three terms) from the list below depending on your chosen progression degree. These subject-specific modules will introduce you to key topics related to your degree and prepare you for undergraduate study. 

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.

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 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.

Develop 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 2-term module will help students acquire an understanding of various functional areas in a business organisation and develop students' understanding of both the operational and strategic problems facing the business enterprise in the modern market economy.

This module will introduce you to the fundamentals of macroeconomics, such as determinants of national income, employment, price level and the foreign balance.Through active learning you will develop your understanding of economic theory.

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.

Study political concepts and the role of political institutions as an introduction to the political sciences. You will develop your knowledge of political systems and issues affecting the political process.

This module develops an understanding of the key elements of modern computing with an introduction to Flowchart design, Systems Design and Object Oriented Programming upon on which students can further develop programming skills.

This module develops an understanding of the key elements of modern computing with an introduction to Systems Design, Programming, Databases, and Web Development. The module offers hands-on experience activities to develop students’ practical skills.

This module will introduce you to various social sciences and key concepts. It will deepen your understanding of the issues related to the study of society and the relationships of individuals within society.

This module provides a solid introduction to statistics and probability. It aims to elevate your mathematical knowledge and develop the skills you need for your undergraduate studies.  

Gain an overview of key concepts and historical contexts of traditional and contemporary issues in philosophy. Weekly lectures, readings and independent study will develop your understanding and ability to contribute to classroom discussions on key topics.  

Develop your understanding of the Dutch Higher Education system through studying key requirements, expectations and the international work environment. You will develop key research and employability skills through authentic projects, giving the you real-world skills that will enhance both your university and professional career.

Designed for students progressing to IBA or IBEB at Erasmus University Rotterdam, this module will elevate your mathematical knowledge and prepare you for your undergraduate degree. 

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: