In these Terms and Conditions, ‘we’ or ‘us’ or ‘Study Group’ means Study Group Limited – Holland Branch, the owner and provider of the Holland International Study Centre (the ‘Centre’). Study Group Limited – Holland Branch is registered with the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce (CCI no. 69415358) as an overseas branch of Study Group Limited, a company incorporated in England and Wales with company number 2325576 whose registered office is at 1 Billinton Way, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4LF, UK. Study Group Limited is responsible for all student payment collections Study Group Limited – Holland Branch’s place of business is at Piet Heinkade 55 1019 GM Amsterdam. References to ‘University’ are to the degree-awarding university to which you intend to progress after completing your studies at the Centre.
This website's Terms and Conditions were updated on 28 May 2020.
IMPORTANT: Special terms applicable to all applications for programmes commencing May 2020 onwards
Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Centre has moved all teaching online for the foreseeable future. All programmes commencing from May 2020 onwards will therefore be taught online until such time as the Centre is able to re-open and admit students in person.
If your application is accepted, a written offer of a place to study online will be made. To accept this offer a confirmation payment is required comprising an administration fee of €235 and €1,000 security deposit and the total of your tuition fees (or €10,000 towards your tuition fees in the case of applicants applying to Erasmus University Rotterdam). You must pay both these sums no later than the date set out in your offer: Non-payment by this deadline may put your place at risk. Before commencement of your course, you will also be required to pay the balance of the first two terms’ fees as set out in the individualised payment plan attached to your offer letter.
If you pay the above fees in full no later than 1 June 2020 in respect of a programme commencing Autumn 2020, you will also be eligible to join a free online preparation course prior to beginning your formal studies with the Centre.
The security deposit is primarily held against any damages incurred to Centre property and related expenses. If, at the end of a course, there are any monies left these may also be offset against debts incurred by you in relation to expenses such as course-related travel or extra-curricular activities, otherwise an invoice will be issued for any damages/outstanding fees in excess of the deposit. Any monies left will be refunded within 90 days of completion of the final term less any deductions made for any amount outstanding at that time.
You have a right to cancel your place and receive a full refund of any amounts paid by informing us in writing at any time:
To cancel your place before commencement of your programme or withdraw from your studies during the Trial Period, please use the following link:
If you decide to withdraw from your studies after the Trial Period has elapsed, you will not be eligible for a full refund of fees paid in advance. For further details, please refer to our Online Programme Refund Policy at the link below.
If, after commencing your course online, we are able to re-open the Centre for face-to-face teaching, we will contact you again in relation to completing your studies in Centre. In order to study in Centre, you will be required to apply for a visa.
The issuance of a visa is subject to meeting certain criteria including, but not limited to, your financial status and, in some cases, a satisfactory interview. In the event of an official visa rejection and you are unable to continue your study in Centre, refunds will be issued in accordance with our Online Programme Refund Policy.
View the full Online Programme Refund Policy here.
Please read the refund policy carefully and note in particular the circumstances in which advance tuition fees will NOT be refunded.
If, after enrolling at the Centre, you wish to withdraw from your programme, any such withdrawal and eligibility for a refund will be subject to the terms set out under the heading Withdrawal from the Centre post-arrival below.
Refunds will only be made to the same card/bank account of the individual from whom Study Group received the original payment. Refunds will be made within 90 days of the end of the relevant term.
If payments become overdue, we reserve the right to charge interest at the rate of 2% above the base rate of RBS per month or part thereof.
Reasonable efforts are always made to keep fees to the minimum that is consistent with the provision of a modern and efficient teaching programme. However, fee increases may become necessary from time to time in order to maintain standards or following a change in law or regulation. You will be notified in advance of any increase, but we will not increase fees during the course of an academic year.
Should you decide to book accommodation through Study Group, additional charges may also be made for such items as accommodation security deposits, bedding packs and accommodation-specific insurance. You will be advised of these charges under a separate accommodation agreement at the time of booking. Residential accommodation is subject to availability and early confirmation is advised. For more information on accommodation during your period of study, please contact: email@example.com
For accommodation cancellations and refunds, individual tenancy agreements take precedence over the Accommodation Refund Policy below:
View the full Accommodation Refund Policy
The Centre will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver programmes described in our prospectus and other marketing materials. However circumstances may change due to factors beyond our reasonable control and it may be necessary to vary the content of a programme. We will use reasonable endeavours to ensure that any changes are kept to a minimum, but if we are required to make material changes to a programme before your arrival at the Centre, we will inform you as soon as possible. If you reasonably believe that the changes will affect you adversely, you may transfer to an alternative programme at the Centre for which you are qualified, enrol at another International Study Centre (visa regulations permitting) or withdraw your application without any liability for fees (including the enrolment fee).
If there are not sufficient applicants either to make a programme viable or to deliver a quality student experience, we may cancel or withdraw a programme. If you receive an offer for a programme and we discontinue or withdraw that programme prior to your registration at the Centre, we will notify you as soon as possible and you will be given the opportunity to either change your programme of study or withdraw from the Centre. In such circumstances you will be eligible for a full refund of any fees paid to us. Please also be aware that certain programmes are extremely popular and have limited spaces available, therefore it is important that you confirm your place as soon as possible after receiving an offer. Failure to do so may result in your being unable to register on your chosen programme and you may be offered an alternative course of study.
Under Dutch law, a visa for degree preparation education is applied for by the degree-awarding university and not the Centre. However the Centre will coordinate the visa application, without liability, on behalf of you and the University. Visa fees and procedures are listed on the Centre website, but may change without notice. Some universities may require students to transfer both a confirmation payment as well as an amount to cover the cost of living before they apply for a student visa. The cost of living payment will be reimbursed to the student via a Dutch bank account in monthly stipends after arrival in the Netherlands.
Students who do not yet meet university criteria for English Language proficiency will be expected to take an appropriate English Language course at the Centre. Students are accepted into the Centre on the strict understanding that progression through the course is conditional upon satisfactory and required attendance and successful attainment of prescribed performance targets as outlined to you at the beginning of the course. Students are formally assessed at least twice a year. Students who do not meet the required English Language levels upon entry to the Centre will be required to take an IELTS test at the end of the programme and pass with an agreed result before being able to progress to their intended University.
Students may only progress to the degree programme if all requirements stipulated in the conditional offer letter provided by the intended progression University are met. Students who do not meet all these criteria will not be allowed to proceed with their intended degree course. The Centre will in this case explore alternative options within the Netherlands for the student, but visa limitations will require the student to return to their home country if no suitable alternative option is found. Please note that no progression possibilities exist in the Netherlands for students with an IELTS score below 6.0 and under Dutch visa regulations the duration of a Foundation level visa cannot be extended beyond the original duration. Please also note that no student will be admitted to study in the Netherlands with an IELTS score below 5.0.
All students’ English and numeracy skills will be tested on arrival. If your results differ materially from those in your home country, for example as a result of not having been tested for a long time, the Centre may discuss an alternative study plan more appropriate to your English and numeracy level. We would rather you succeed on an appropriate study programme than struggle on a course beyond your levels of English and numeracy.
It is necessary that all students have appropriate accident and medical insurance. Students must either take out the AON insurance policy negotiated by Study Group or provide proof of adequate alternative cover at enrolment. Cover under the AON insurance policy does not commence until the insurance fees have been paid in full.
While the Centre takes all reasonable precautions to ensure the safety and security of students on campus we cannot accept responsibility, and expressly exclude liability, for loss or damage to students’ personal property (including computer equipment and software) or any financial or other consequential loss where such loss or damage is as a result of theft, fire, flood, computer virus or any cause relating to the Centre’s computing facilities except where such loss or damage is caused by the Centre’s negligence. The Centre does not insure students’ personal possessions and cannot be held liable for loss or damage should individuals fail to arrange their own insurance cover. All students are, therefore, strongly advised to take out a suitable contents insurance policy.
Once you have arrived in the Netherlands, a minimum of one term’s notice (in writing) is required to withdraw from the Centre, whether or not you continue to attend lessons. Please refer to our Post-Arrival Refund Policy at the following link:
Post-arrival Refund Policy
Notice of withdrawal must be given in writing or by email to the Centre head and is effective from the date it is received.
Payments: Payment can be made to the Centre using a number of payment options via our PayOnline platform. Access to this platform can be found on the How to Pay page using your unique student access code.
Certain payment options will carry a processing fee of up to 3.5%, depending on the card issuer. Variations to such charges may be beyond our control.
Please note that we are NOT able to accept cash payments for fees. Cash payments may only be made to cover sundry charges that may arise during your course of study.
If you choose to pay in your local currency a foreign exchange rate will apply. The applicable exchange rate can be viewed online as at the time and date of the payment. Bank charges and commission for both the sending and receiving banks should be paid by the sender of funds or they will be applied to the student’s account.
Accounts communications will be sent both to the person responsible for paying the fees and to the student unless written instructions are received to the contrary.
No other incidental costs will be charged to your account unless you agree to them separately. These may include, for example, field trips, text books and vacation accommodation. Fees relating to sponsor reporting and additional support classes for sponsored students are included in the tuition fees set out in your personal statement and are not charged separately.
Any information provided to us may be held on computer and shall only be used by the Centre as permitted under any applicable data protection legislation. Your information will be held and processed for the purpose of administering your application, and we may share your information with Study Group's offices around the world. This information may be carried forward to your official student record, which holds data in electronic and paper form on your personal details, academic and administrative history and on relevant financial transactions.
With your consent or where a legitimate interest, we may also disclose appropriate personal data or sensitive personal data (as defined in the General Data Protection Regulation) to relevant third parties outside of Study Group including, but not limited to, your agent, sponsor, the University or an external debt collection agency during or after your period of study. This personal data may include information about your performance, progress and examination results at the Centre. We will not disclose information about you to any other third parties without your permission unless there are exceptional circumstances, for example when the health and safety of you or others is at risk or where the law requires information to be shared. Throughout we will always comply with our obligations under all applicable data protection legislation. For more information, please refer to our Student Privacy Notice.
These Terms and Conditions will apply to you from the date on which accept our offer of a place at the Centre and for the duration of your study there. No variation to these Terms and Conditions shall be made unless it is in your favour or is with your consent.
The Centre is obliged to report any relevant information regarding visa status, attendance records and Dutch contact details to relevant Dutch government bodies and your intended progression University.
It is recognised that students, their parents or their representatives may sometimes need to make a complaint about the services received during the application and admissions process. Study Group has a complaints service for this purpose. If you wish to make a complaint at any time, in the first instance you should refer the issue to your Study Group admissions contact who will discuss the problem with you and attempt to resolve it. If we are not able to resolve an issue in this way, you should formally raise a complaint by email to: UKEUISCQUERIES@studygroup.com*. Please include the following information in your email:
Our study centres seek at all times to provide the highest possible level of service and quality of student experience. However, there may be occasions when a student feels that the level has not been good enough. For those, we have a Complaints and Appeals Policy that sets out how a student can formalise a complaint if it cannot be resolved less formally. The policy also sets out the procedures for making an academic appeal. This document makes clear the criteria against which an appeal can be lodged and what a student needs to do if she or he wishes to pursue an appeal.
Please refer to the ISC’s In (and post) Residence Complaints and Appeals Policy for more information.
Please provide us with personal e-mail addresses and mobile telephone numbers prior to your arrival at the Centre in order that we can communicate with you at all times (for example, to send you student reports).Please also advise of any changes as they occur.
Your acceptance (or acceptance by your parent or legal guardian if you are under 18 years of age) of a place to study at the Centre, indicates that you:
Provided that the indemnity herein shall not extend to any claims, damages, costs or expenses in respect of and to the extent to which the Centre and member(s) of the staff or any of them shall be entitled to be indemnified under any policy of insurance or as may arise as a result of negligence causing injury or death.
Without this indemnity, you may not take part in an expedition organised by the Centre.
These Terms and Conditions apply to all bookings commencing after 7 May 2020. For bookings made prior to that date, please contact your admissions co-ordinator or Centre staff to obtain a copy of the relevant terms and conditions and refund policies which apply to your contract with us.