Holland International Study Centre

Degree preparation in Amsterdam

Holland International Study Centre is based in Amsterdam. Alongside students from all over the world, you will take academic and English language classes to help you reach the level you need for your degree at one of our partner universities.

Whether you choose to stay in Amsterdam for your degree or progress to one of our other university partners, there’s no doubt that this vibrant city will be an exciting place to start your international studies abroad.

Choose your programme

Holland International Study Centre offers opportunities to study abroad with pathways to degrees taught in English at Dutch universities.

International Foundation Year: 
University of Applied Sciences International Foundation Year:

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

International Study Centre programmes are delivered by Study Group in partnership with a range of leading Dutch universities. 

University-style teaching

At Holland International Study Centre 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

We know that it can be a big step when you move away from home for international study. Staff and teachers are here to help you feel supported from day one. You will have

  • A personal tutor who will support your personal development
  • Peer-to-peer support and social events with the student committee. 

Develop your employability skills

Studying abroad offers exciting career prospects, boosting your CV with respected qualifications, independent thinking skills and an appreciation of different cultures. 

CareerAhead is an element built in to all our programmes at Holland International Study Centre. Through group work, projects and advice sessions, will help you develop key skills employers are looking for, such as:

  • teamwork
  • presentations
  • and understanding your career options.
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. 

Holland International Study Centre location

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

At university

Many universities will offer work placement opportunities as part of your degree. This gives you the chance to build on your theoretical knowledge and apply it to real-life situations. With the Dutch education system, Universities of Applied Sciences are particularly career-focused, offering practical degrees and work placements.

You will also have access to your University's careers service, which offers career support, workshops and advice on CV writing and interviews.

Our university partners have great reputations with employers and have close links to industry, so you are in the ideal place to starting thinking about your future career.