In 2014, the horse meat scandal kick-started and era of stricter factory inspections and a more food-safety conscious consumer. Today, manufacturers of consumables and foodstuffs around the world recognise that transparency about the way their products are processed is essential to stay in business. As an upcoming student of the Process and Food Technology (PFT) at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS), you’ll embrace this increase in consumer awareness. It will encourage you to innovate existing manufacturing processes, or design entirely new ones, to provide sustainable and resourceful food and chemical industries.
You cannot do anything else but speak English. Everyone is in the same boat.
On speaking English
On choosing a study
On her study choice
On speaking English
‘During the Open Days, where I was helping out, I was often asked if the degree programme was difficult because you had to speak English. I replied: “No, because my English was really bad before I came here.” You learn the language very quickly. The first week you are supported in putting your fears aside because you cannot do anything else but speak English. Everyone is in the same boat.’
On choosing a study
‘I looked at the Nuffic Studyfinder and I filled in the subjects I was interested in - science and chemistry. The content of The Hague University of Applied Sciences’ PFT programme was a good match, both as a study and for my future career. Every block includes a group project and an excursion. Moreover, there is an internship in the third year. This means that we are not only learning the theory, but we put it into practice as well. I hope to become a chemical engineer one day.’
On her study choice
‘I was eating cornflakes one day and asked my father how they were made. He said that I would find out later. That was when I thought I would go for PFT. I have never regretted making this choice.’
You have a Dutch diplomaTo begin the three-year bachelor’s degree programme, you should have a VWO diploma with the appropriate profile.
To enrol for the PFT 3 year programme you will need a secondary school diploma comparable to a Dutch VWO diploma and a good command of English.
Also, you need to have passed your exam in mathematics and chemistry.
Before we can decide on your eligibility, we’ll need to assess your secondary school certificate.
To make sure your certificate is evaluated fairly, we work with NUFFIC, an organisation that specialises in the assessment of international education qualifications.
The app Prapp can help you to check whether this is the programme of your choice (the app is in Dutch, PFT is Chemische Technologie).
Perhaps your academic background is not quite the right level. Or you need some help improving your English skills. Don’t worry. There might be some alternative options to help you get in, and prepare yourself for a successful start of your studies at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS).
21+ admissions test
If you’re 21 years old before 1 September 2020, but don’t have a diploma or a qualification that meets the entry requirements, you can take the 21+ Admissions Test. The 21+ Admissions Test is offered at several dates between January and the start of the academic year, and consists of a digital general capacity test. Please note that you can only participate if you have an EEA-nationality or residence permit for the Netherlands that is valid on the test date.
PREP school (English Academic Preparation School)
If your diploma grants admission to the follow up programme of your choice, but you have not quite reached the required level of English, we offer an English PREP school. On completion of this programme, you’ll not only be ready to join a degree programme at THUAS, but you’ll also have learnt a lot about the Netherlands, The Hague and about our university.
The Hague Pathway College
The Hague Pathway College will prepare you for success in a 3-year English-taught Bachelor’s programmes at THUAS, if your diploma does not allow for direct admission. During the International Foundation Year you will enhance your subject related knowledge (like Maths, Economics or Physics, depending on the bachelor’s you’d like to study), improve your English language level and strengthen your academic skills. After learning the essentials, you’re ready to start the 3-year bachelor’s programme of your choice without the need to take additional tests like IELTS.
This programme also offers a 4-year track
If you have an academic background comparable to the Dutch HAVO level, you might want to consider enrolling for the 4-year track of this degree programme instead. Check out this website for more information about the 4-year programme.
If you completed your prior education in another country than those listed above, you might still qualify for exemption, if:
- you have an American or International High School Diploma, or
- you have an European or International Baccalaureate Diploma.
Please contact the Enrolment Centre and ask for details.
1 February 2020
An open day is a great way to see our campus and meet current students, lecturers and our team of study advisors. Our PFT students can tell you everything about the nice atmosphere in the programme and the projects they have to fulfill. Projects such as beer brewing, cheese making and building a water purification plant on lab scale.
Aside from this you can, by talking with students and teachers, get a good overview about the content of the programme and the many possibilities you have with a PFT diploma.
Student for a day
Shadow a current PFT student and experience what it’s like to study at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Join a PFT class and meet our current students and lecturers. This will also be your chance to experience how PFT prepares you and your fellow students to become society’s most promising engineers. Get a sneak preview of courses like Industrial Micro Biology, Molecules and Materials, Inorganic Chemistry or Reaction Kinetics. These could help you decide whether you’d be more interested in experimenting with crystals that improve the taste of sweets or pursuing the possibility of producing biofuels from recycled waste.