Holland International Study Centre

Degree preparation

Holland International Study Centre is based in two locations: Amsterdam and Groningen*. The city where you will study your Foundation will depend on your chosen progression university and when you plan to start your course – explore your university options.

Alongside students from all over the world, you will take academic and English classes to help you reach the level you need for your degree at one of our partner universities. The International Study Centre programmes are delivered by Study Group in partnership with a range of leading Dutch universities. 

Our programmes

The Holland International Study Centre offers pathways to degrees taught in English at Dutch universities. Choose your pathway programme:

Programme Centre location
International Foundation Year  Amsterdam (September 2018 onwards)
University of Applied Sciences International Foundation Year 

Groningen (January 2018)*

Amsterdam (September 2018 onwards)

Once you successfully complete your programme, achieving the required academic grades, you can progress to your chosen degree at university.

*Holland International Study Centre Groningen will be closing in August 2018 and no longer offers courses that allow for progression on to study at the University of Groningen. Current students will not be affected. All courses previously offered at Holland International Study Centre Groningen are available at the Holland International Study Centre Amsterdam for progression to one of our partner universities.

University-style teaching

You will develop an understanding of the Dutch education system, from grading to teaching styles. This includes:

  • How to research, write and structure essays
  • Presentation skills
  • Group discussions
  • Note taking practice
  • Lecture and seminar-style lessons

Support while you’re away from home

Experienced support staff will help you adapt to living away from home. You will have a personal tutor who supports your personal development and can help resolve any issues. We also have a student committee who organises social events and offers peer-to-peer support. 

Employability skills

Our CareerAhead service is integrated into all of our programmes and will help you develop key skills employers are looking for. From teamwork and presentations to understanding your career options, we’re here to help you get the most out of your education here in Holland. We’ll help you get ahead in today’s competitive job market by helping you become a confident, highly skilled and employable graduate.  

How it works:

You will receive information and advice from our admissions team about CareerAhead and how it can help you. 

You will get a full introduction to CareerAhead and complete an online skills assessment in your own language. You will then receive a report that highlights your existing skills and specific areas you might want to develop. 

You will develop a whole range of employability skills and create your own career skills portfolio with help from expert tutors and a combination of one-to-one and group sessions. You will complete a range of assignments to help you develop these skills, such as writing an elevator pitch and taking a leadership role in group work. 

Once you start your studies at university you can continue to improve your employability skills with the university’s own careers service. Here you will find practical career support, workshops and advice on CV writing and interview preparation. If you choose to study at one of Holland’s universities of applied sciences, your studies will be particularly career-focused with many degrees offering work placement opportunities and a practical approach to learning. 

Frank from China

Holland International Study Centre student Xinlei pictured at VU University Amsterdam

The International Study Centre has helped me dramatically as my English has improved. It helped me prepare for university. 


Frank from China studied International Foundation Year - Business and Management

Degree progression from Amsterdam

Progression from the Holland International study Centre Amsterdam

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