Erasmus Preparatory Year

The preparatory year was developed by Language & Training Centre (EUR). It is intended to prepare refugee students as effectively as possible for a higher education degree programme. During the base year, State exam II and remaining sections of the civic integration exams are completed. The preparatory year also pays considerable attention to English language proficiency, mathematics and specific computer and study skills required for attending degree programmes in higher education. A preparatory programme helps you to acquire the essential skills for good academic results in higher education. The programme is rounded off in April with the admission exams for Dutch, English and mathematics. Successfully completing these subjects makes you eligible for admission to a number of higher education degree programmes.

Base year

In the period 2005-2015, over 1,500 refugees started a higher education preparatory programme. Of this group of participants, only 61% (Dutch) went on to enrol in a degree programme. In other words, due to the intensity of the preparatory programme, many participants had difficulty achieving their desired objective. That is why educational institutions in the region that offer refugee students a preparatory programme for higher education decided to reserve more time for the ‘basic’ subjects Dutch, English and mathematics. For questions concerning the base year, please visit our basisjaar website.

Specialisation programme

Depending on your choice of study, you are free to enrol in the subjects Biology, Physics and Chemistry after rounding off the base year. This extension of the programme is always decided on in consultation with the Stichting voor Vluchteling-Studenten UAF and your municipality. Based on, among other things, your results and motivation during the base year, UAF decides whether you are eligible for funding support that allows you to participate in a specialisation programme. Over the course of the summer, you can start on Biology, Physics and Chemistry or one of these subjects.

Foundation for Refugee Students UAF

If you are planning to follow a higher education study and you are following a Dutch language course at level CEFR-B1 or higher, you can register at the Foundation for Refugee Students UAF. 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. It can take several months before your application is processed.


You can be admitted to Voorbereidend Jaar Erasmus 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 or in the Netherlands. 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. For more information on the admission requirements, please visit our basisjaar website.


If you want to register for our preparatory year, please contact us via our contact form (Dutch). For questions, please visit our basisjaar website.

  • Blik Op Werk

    Blik op Werk-certification

    The EUR Language & Training Centre has been a ‘Blik op Werk’certified provider of integration courses since 2016. The ‘Blik op Werk’ quality standard is a quality and reliable service assurance. DUO will only grant you an allowance if you follow a language course at an institute which is accredited with the Blik op Werk quality standard.

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