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Preparatory Semester

Saxion University of Applied Sciences

6 months
4675 EUR/full
4675 EUR/full
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Get ready for Academic Success! The Preparatory Semester course at Saxion University of Applied Sciences will help you develop the English and Study Skills you need. 


The Preparatory Semester course at Saxion University of Applied Sciences adopts the innovative approach of English for Academic Purposes (EAP). EAP is grounded in research and developed for international students who need to adapt to new ways of studying and teaching within a different culture. EAP helps you to develop the English and study skills you need to succeed in your academic career. Academic language and study skills are integrated in a programme that helps students progress step by step to meet the learning outcomes. 

The foundation of English for Academic Purposes is cultural awareness and autonomy. Through this course, you will become familiar with your new cultural context in the university and in the Netherlands. You will also start to take charge of your own learning by reflecting on your learning needs and structuring your own learning process.

Improve your English  

Saxion University of Applied Sciences offers a range of Preparatory Courses for international students seeking to upgrade their English language and study skills before starting a Bachelor or Master Degree programme.

Course setup

Saxion’s Preparatory Courses offer you intensive English language preparation in reading, writing, listening and speaking. The courses are organised in an interactive small group setting with attention on individual feedback and progress.

Communicate academically

Our programme has been designed specifically to meet the needs of non-native English speakers who need to learn to communicate effectively in an academic environment.

Programme Structure

  • The Preparatory Courses follow an intensive schedule of varied activities such as lecture-based input, practice sessions, applied skills sessions, projects, elective courses and tutorials. 
  • The course contents focus on topics from different fields such as language, ethics, business, culture or global health. At the start of the course, you will also participate in a workshop on Intercultural Awareness and Dutch culture.  
  • As you progress in your studies, you will gain more control over your studies for example by choosing your own topics for assignments. 

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

When applying for the Preparatory Courses, students are also required to apply for one of Saxion’s Bachelor, Short Degree or Master programmes or a main degree programme with one of the affiliated Institutions of Higher Education in the Netherlands.

The Preparatory Semester  Course is suited for students who are confident that they can do the following in English:

  • Take good notes from short lectures 
  • Speak in public for about 10 minutes
  • Understand main ideas in complex texts
  • Understand different writing styles in sections of an academic report

At the end of the Preparatory Course, students will receive a certificate of successful completion with a transcript of records.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    4675 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4675 EUR for the full programme during 6 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4675 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4675 EUR for the full programme during 6 months.

Living costs for Deventer

780 - 1160 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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