Erasmus Preparatory Year

Our preparatory year Voorbereidend Jaar Erasmus has been developed to offer students with refugee status the best possible preparation for a higher education study. The Language & Training Centre offers the following lessons: Dutch, English and ‘Kennis van de Nederlandse Maatschappij’ (KNM). During the  preparatory year, the participants complete the civic integration course. There is also a strong focus on mathematics and the computer and study skills that are specifically required for higher education. ​​​​​​​


You can be admitted to Voorbereidend Jaar Erasmus 2018-2019 if you have a valid residence permit and have command of both Dutch and English at level CEFR-B1. If you cannot demonstrate that you have command of Dutch and English at level CEFR-B1, you will need to take an intake test. It is also important that you have followed a higher education study programme or a higher education preparatory programme in your home country. 

Diploma evaluation

If you are uncertain as to whether your prior education is sufficient for admission to our preparatory year, as someone with refugee status, you can easily request a study programme or diploma evaluation. The evaluation of your diploma provides you with information about your study programme level and specialism. This information can help you make the right study choice. A diploma evaluation is only a recommendation. It is not a legally valid document. A translation of your diploma is required if you do not supply the documents in Dutch, German, English, French or Afrikaans.


If you have started the civic integration process and you already receive a personal integration budget (DUO), you can proceed further with civic integration during the preparatory year. You can use the remaining part of your loan to help pay for the preparatory year. More information about the integration budget (DUO) can be found here site. If you have completed the civic integration process or have insufficient budget, you can contact Stichting voor Vluchteling-Studenten UAF to discuss whether you are eligible for financial support that would enable you to participate in the Erasmus preparatory year. As well as supporting refugees during the preparation for a study, selecting the study and during the study itself, UAF also offers financial support for a higher education preparatory year. If you have not yet registered with UAF, you need to do this prior to starting our higher education preparatory year.


If you have any questions or comments, or if you want to register for our preparatory year, please contact us via our form.

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    Blik op Werk-certification

    The EUR Language & Training Centre has been a ‘Blik op Werk’-certified provider of civic integration courses since 2016. The quality standard ‘Blik op Werk’ offers assurance of a high-quality and reliable service. DUO only awards an allowance if you follow a language course at an institute that is accredited with this quality standard.

  • Logo Risbo - 2018


    Risbo is an independent institution for research, training and advice, linked to the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (ESSB). The Education Research, Advice & Training department of Risbo supports institutions and faculties in developing and updating (online) education, professionalising teachers, developing and executing quality control (policy) and conducting educational research. In addition, Risbo provides a Study skills-program for the participants of Preparatory Year Erasmus.