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The Netherlands

Higher education in the Netherlands is known for its high quality and its international study environment. With more than 1,500 international study programmes and courses, it has the largest offer of English-taught programmes in continental Europe.

Dutch students are required to complete 14 years of formal education in order to study an Undergraduate degree at a Research university.

Undergraduate degrees require 3 years of full time study and Master's degrees range from 1-3 years.

As an international student, if you have fewer than 14 years of education and/or do not meet the University’s direct entry requirements, you must complete the Undergraduate Foundation Programme.

The Undergraduate Foundation Programme

This pathway is designed specifically for international students looking to progress to the University of Amsterdam or Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS).

  • Be part of the university from Day One with access to all the university’s facilities, clubs and societies whilst studying your foundation programme
  • A comprehensive 26-hour-week academic and English programmes to prepare you thoroughly for the demands of a undergraduate degree
  • All programmes and degrees are delivered in English

Sweden

Sweden is among the world leaders in higher education and some of the country’s reputation is due to the independent studies system that involves less teacher-led time and more group and independent study. In other words, higher education in Sweden is based on self-development coupled with “freedom and responsibility”.

Dutch students are required to complete 14 years of formal education in order to study an Undergraduate degree at a Research university.

Undergraduate degrees require 3 years of full time study and Master's degrees are usually 2 years.

As an international student, if you have fewer than 14 years of education and/or do not meet the University’s direct entry requirements, you must complete the Pre-Bachelor's Preparation Programme or teh Pre-Master's Preparation Programme.

The Pre-Bachelor's Preparation Programme

This pathway is designed specifically for international students looking to progress to Bachelor's degrees at Lund University or Kristianstad University (HKR)

  • A comprehensive 26-hour-week academic and English programmes to prepare you thoroughly for the demands of an undergraduate degree
  • Become familiar with the Swedish style of studying and teaching prior to progression to university 
  • All programmes and degrees are delivered in English

The Pre-Master's Preparation Programme

This pathway is designed specifically for international students looking to progress to Master's degrees  at Lund University or Kristianstad University (HKR)

  • A comprehensive 26-hour-week academic and English programmes to prepare you thoroughly for the demands of a maseter's degree
  • Improve your research skills and English language  
  • All programmes and degrees are delivered in English
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