Preparatory programmes

Is English not your native language? Thinking of starting a Bachelor programme at a Dutch university? Come and prepare for this at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht.

Improve your English skills in the international preparatory programme. You can enjoy many hours of English classes, focusing on vocabulary, grammar, speaking, writing, listening and reading skills. You will not only learn from a book, but you will also learn from games, activities, excursions and projects. Excursions are intended to broaden your knowledge and understanding of Dutch culture and could include visits to museums or a famous flower auction.

During projects you will develop study skills that you need for your studies, such as teamwork, planning, intercultural communication and project management. There will also be study coaches available for group- and individual mentoring. They will focus on your academic development. 

Throughout the year, you will have three intermediate English exams which allow you to monitor your progress. At the end of the year you will take an official IELTS test (included in tuition fee). After successful completion of one of the preparatory programmes you could expect to obtain an IELTS score of at least 6. With this score you can apply for an English Bachelor’s programme in The Netherlands.

About Utrecht

Utrecht is a city in the heart of the Netherlands, hosting around 70,000 students from about 125 countries – almost a quarter of the city’s population. It is a historical city with canals, old buildings and cultural delights. Also there are many activities (culture, sports, music etc.) organized for students. Not only is it a very safe city, according to the BBC, Utrecht is one of the world’s happiest places to live in. 


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