Erasmus Preparatory Year


The preparatory year is intended to prepare refugee students as effectively as possible for attendance of a higher education degree programme.

Key Facts & Figures

1 year
Instruction language
Dutch and English
Mode of instruction

Start dates

Base year: 

  • September 2022 until April 2023 (Dutch, English, Mathematics, Study skills)

Specialisation programmes:

  • September 2022 until August 2023 (Dutch, English, Mathematics, Physics and Study skills)
  • September 2022 until August 2023 (Dutch, English, Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Study skills)

During this programme, a lot of attention is paid to Dutch, English and Mathematics. In addition, this programme also teaches you the study skills and communication skills that are important for a successful academic career!

What will you learn during the Erasmus Preparatory Year?

The most important part of this preparatory year is the Dutch language. We therefore spend a lot of time and attention on the Dutch language, especially on speaking skills. In addition to Dutch, you will take part in the English, Mathematics and Study Skills courses during September to April. If you successfully complete those courses, you are allowed to continue with courses from our specialisation programmes: Biology, Physics or Chemistry (from May onwards). The Language & Training Center, together with several external parties, such as the municipality, decides which courses you are eligible for. This preparatory year is therefore different for everyone!

Good to know

This preparatory year is intended for refugees who are potentially highly educated, or have already completed a higher education course in their country of origin. It is therefore important that you have followed a higher education course or a course that prepares you for higher education in your country of origin (at least comparable with HAVO). Even if you have already attended a 'Nederlandse internationale schakelklas' (ISK), you may be eligible to participate in our programme.

You can be admitted to the Erasmus Preparatory Year under the following conditions: you are able to study full-time; you have a B1 level in both the Dutch and the English language according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), and your mathematical skills are adequate (comparable to HAVO-4). In addition, it is important that you are able to work with computer programmes, such as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.


Telephone: 010 408 8063
Website: Language & Training Centre & Voorbereidend Jaar Erasmus

Facts & Figures

  • € 3750,00 when you are a client of Foundation for Refugee Students UAF
  • € 5750,00 when you are not a client of Foundation for Refugee Students UAF

Costs can be (partially) paid from your personal integration loan (DUO). If you do not have the required € 3,750, please contact us to discuss your situation.


Not applicable
Application deadline

March 2022 (exact deadline to be announced)

1 year
Offered by
Language & Training Centre
Language and Culture
Course type
Instruction language
Dutch and English
Mode of instruction

Erasmus University Rotterdam, Woudestein Campus (base year)
Erasmus University Rotterdam and Boswell-Bèta Utrecht (specialisation programmes)




Intakes are offered once a year in April. On this day we will discuss your course choice, your previous education and you will take part in several intake tests for Dutch, English and Mathematics. You can register for an intake via this website.

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