Your pathway to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Prepare for your degree at Holland ISC

Holland International Study Centre is based in Amsterdam and offers the ideal introduction to studying and living in Holland. Supported by our expert staff, you’ll gain the academic and English Language skills you need to succeed in your undergraduate degree at VU Amsterdam, while enjoying a great student life in Holland’s exciting capital city. 

Run in collaboration with VU Amsterdam, the International Study Centre is located in a modern high rise building in the heart of Amsterdam. Here you’ll study alongside students from all over the world and learn from specialist tutors who are experienced in teaching international students.

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What are the benefits of the International Foundation Year?

Studying at the International Study Centre in Amsterdam for three terms, you will gain the English skills and grades you need for university. Once you successfully complete your foundation year, and achieve the required academic grades, you can progress to your degree course.

Develop your language

Improve your range of written and spoken English and discover the level you need to succeed for undergraduate study at VU Amsterdam.

Adapt to life in Holland

We know that it can be a big step when you move away from home. Our experienced staff and teachers are here to help you feel supported from day one.

A conditional offer

Upon acceptance to the International Foundation Year Programme, you will also receive a conditional offer to study your chosen undergraduate degree at VU Amsterdam.

Business, Economics and Social Sciences International Foundation Year

Holland International Study Centre students in a communal area

The foundation in Business, Economics and Social Sciences helps prepare you for a range of degrees at VU Amsterdam by developing your academic knowledge through a mix of core and subject-specific related modules. These include Academic English Skills, Introduction to Accounting and Finance, and Research, Academia and Employability.

Science, Engineering and Computing International Foundation Year

Teacher and Holland ISC students talking

The foundation in Science, Engineering and Computing helps prepare you for a range of degrees at VU Amsterdam by developing your academic knowledge through a mix of core and subject-specific related modules. These include Mechanics, Modern Physics, Calculus and Trigonometry, and Academic English skills.

Your pathway to a world-leading university 


Holland international Study Centre sits on table in classroom

Check the tuition fees for programmes at Holland International Study Centre and guideline accommodation costs at The Student Hotel.

Entry requirements

Victoria from Venezuela studied International Foundation Year in Business and Management

To study at Holland International Study Centre, you need to meet certain entry requirements. These include academic grades, English language level and age.

About VU Amsterdam

Former International Study Centre student on VU Amsterdam campus

Founded in 1880, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam) is a top research university offering a broad education. It is a place where new ideas and freedom of expression flourish.

Progress to a top degree programme

Once you complete your International Foundation Year programme, you can choose from a range of degree options, including:

In today’s data driven world, organisations need expert judgement and sharp analysis to ensure they make the right decisions. Business Analytics enables you to harness the power of data science, big data, statistics and machine learning to optimise results and achieve strategic objectives.

Computer Science consists of a wide variety of methods, insights and skills that are related to the scientific and practical use of computers. This is why the Bachelor program has both a technical and a broad character. The technical side consists of Programming, Computer Systems and Networks, Data Structures, the Theoretical Fundaments and the use of Mathematics and Logic.

International Business Administration aspires to bring graduates to the market that are well-rounded academics as well as professionals and citizens, that have a fine-grained understanding of the three core elements of the programme: People, Business, and the International Context.

Politics, Philosophy and Economics are the cornerstones of society. Understand these, and learn how life is organised and governed.

The first year will give you a strong knowledge of these three disciplines, before you choose two for more focused study. The third year begins with either international study or an internship and ends with a bachelor’s thesis and applied, interdisciplinary project. 

Student life in Holland

You will feel welcome from your first day of living in Holland. The Dutch are famous for their open-minded and liberal mindset, accepting different behaviours and customs. Studying here, you can enjoy a rich culture and beautiful environment, with the rest of the country and Europe right on your doorstep.

The courses are very helpful. In the first year, you get to learn everything so you know which specialisation you really want to do. For example, you can do accounting and you can also do finance and marketing. There are a lot of options because it is still broad.

Last year I applied to go to Lisbon for a study trip. We explored the city but we also did company visits and got a chance to know how it feels to actually work in Lisbon and also building connections.

Francine from Indonesia
Studied International Foundation Year in Business, Economics and Social Sciences
Progressed to BSc International Business Administration

Why study a foundation course?

Studying the International Foundation Year at Holland ISC

Holland International Study Centre location

Get involved with student life in Amsterdam. Discover what the city has to offer alongside students from all over the world.

We’re opening – Read our latest guidance for current students, or find out more about how you can start your course.