At the Holland ISC you will be provided with the best preparation for your chosen university in Holland. We partner with several top universities in the country, offering pathway programmes varying from English Language courses to ourInternational Foundation Year and our English Pre-Masters.

Expert preparation for your studies

The Holland ISC offers a wide range of courses especially created for international students, helping you to attain the entry level you need for your chosen course at one of our partner universities.

Bringing together international students from all over the world, the Holland ISC offers:



  • A professional learning environment
    Expert tuition designed to improve your level of English, introduce you to vital study skills and help you adapt to the new culture around you.

  • University-style teaching and grading
    Giving you an in-depth understanding of the Dutch education system, introducing relevant course content and preparing you for what will be expected in your degree.

  • One-to-one support
    Experienced support from a personal tutor to help you adapt to living away from home and build your new life in Holland.

A great place to study and live

The Holland ISC is based in the heart of historic Amsterdam, one of Europe’s top five city destinations and a hub of European culture, arts and sport. You’ll find so much to see and do. International students are warmly welcomed here and the open-minded, creative and innovative approach to life the Dutch are so famous for, is evident around almost every corner.

Built on success

The Holland ISC is run by Study Group, the world leader in the provision of western education for students globally, in partnership with a range of leading Dutch universities. We have an unrivalled track record in helping ambitious international students to successfully progress to their chosen universities. 

We look forward to welcoming you to the Holland International Study Centre.

The International Foundation Year is designed to help you meet the English language and academic entry requirements to study your chosen degree at one of our partner universities.

Expert academic and English language preparation

The one-year programme, taught in Amsterdam, will help you reach the English language and academic standards you need to start on an undergraduate degree at a university in Holland.

Your pathway to leading universities

The International Foundation Year leads to selected degrees at the following universities: 

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University of Groningen

VU University Amsterdam


Hanze University of Applied Sciences

The Hague University of Applied Science


A great start to your academic career in Holland

You can look forward to learning in a supportive environment, studying with like-minded international students from all over the world. Take the chance to build a better understanding of your chosen degree course, improve your English language and academic skills, and discover the uniquely Dutch approach to life.

Expert academic and English language preparation

The International Foundation Year is specifically designed for international students who would benefit from additional support before starting an undergraduate degree at a Dutch university.

The pathway programme includes modules in academic study skills, English language and relevant academic subjects to thoroughly prepare you for degree level study in Holland. At the International Study Centre, you'll gain an invaluable insight into the Dutch education system, levelling the playing field between you and your native Dutch peers and helping you make a smooth transition to a different education system.

Choose between two academic routes available.

International Foundation Year in Business and Management

International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering

Course Facts

The International Foundation Year focuses on key areas, including:

  • improving your IELTS level from 5.0 to 6.0 
  • developing your vocabulary, grammar, speaking, writing and listening skills
  • expanding your knowledge of economics, mathematics and management
  • advancing your study skills
  • teaching in small groups in an international, interactive classroom setting

There are 16 contact hours per week and you'll also be expected to do a minimum of 20 hours of self study per week to practice your theory and do your homework.


The programme is formed of modules. You'll be monitored, through continuous course work and end-of-term or end-of-module assessments, to ensure you stay on track. Your continuous coursework includes a series of presentations and extended essays.


If you successfully complete the pathway programme, achieving the required academic grades, you can enroll on your chosen degree programme.

Depending on the subject you intend to study, you may be able to progress to the first year of a three-year degree or to the second year of a four-year degree*.

* The final decision on whether or not you will be allowed to progress to the second year lies with the partner university.