English Academic Preparation School

Are you planning to study in The Netherlands? Then come and prepare for this in the truly international city of The Hague. The Academic Preparation Course (PREP school) of The Hague University of Applied Sciences will help you acquire the proficiency in English you need for an international education in the Netherlands and the study skills you need in Dutch universities. Our international learning environment and interactive teaching will help you get ready for a successful career in the international classrooms of The Hague’s Bachelors and Masters courses. 

Entry requirements

In order to be admitted into the PREP school of THUAS you need: 
  • to be eligible for the programme you wish to pursue after finishing the PREP school
  • to have a valid IELTS or TOEFL certificate with sufficient score**
  • are at least 18 years old at the start of the programme
  • a valid residence permit for the Netherlands (when applicable we will apply for this on your behalf)
  • students with a Chinese nationality additionally need to have applied for an EP-NUFFIC certificate. We need to receive the original certificate before we can apply for your entry visa (MVV) for the Netherlands
Additional requirements: 
  • In case you wish to apply for a Master's programme after finishing the PREP school, you also need to provide us a copy of your original Bachelor degree and the additional documents for the programme of your choice
  • In case your wish to continue your study at another Dutch University after finishing the prep school at THUAS, you need to upload a clear copy of your (provisional) acceptance letter. Please be aware that this educational institution needs to apply for your entry visa (MVV) and residence permit for the purpose of study (if required).
*The minimum English requirements for the prep school are mentioned in the table below.

Prep half year

  • IELTS (academic) > 5,5
  • TOEFL (paper) > 525
  • TOEFL (computer) > 197
  • TOEFL (internet) > 71
  • TOEIC 2 > 620

Prep full year

  • IELTS  (academic) > 5
  • TOEFL (paper) > 500
  • TOEFL (computer) > 173
  • TOEFL (internet) > 61
  • TOEIC 2 > 600
An IELTS, TOEFL or TOEIC certificate is valid for two years. This certificate must be valid at the start of the academic year.

The Hague University of Applied Sciences does not accept Institutional TOEFL scores, TOEFL ITP scores or any other language test certificates.

**English Language Skills
Candidates who were educated in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Ireland, United States, Canada (except for Quebec), Australia, New-Zealand, South Africa or Malta, or students holding a diploma (including English as an exam subject) stated on this diploma list, do not need to take an English proficiency test. All other prospective students are required to hand in a valid and sufficient TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), TOEIC, IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or Cambridge ESOL (CAE/CPE). 

Apply to English Academic Preparation School

If you wish to apply for our half year PREP school that will start in February 2018, please note that a new application procedure will become available from October 2017. Be aware that you need to upload documents and submit the application before the 1st of December 2017.

About campus life

The Hague University of Applied Sciences is a mini United Nations with a blend of 150 nationalities on campus. You'll get access to our state-of-the-art facilities, from a high-tech library to free Wi-Fi and on-site cafés. You'll soon make new friends and feel part of our diverse international community.

About The Hague

Located in the heart of The Hague, our students get an all-round experience, from galleries packed with Dutch masters to idyllic beaches and parks, and buzzing nightclubs. As the International City of Peace, Justice and Security, The Hague is bursting with international legal institutions. Since 1913, the Peace Palace has been a centre of world justice, hosting the permanent Court of Arbitrations and the International Court of Justice. You'll also find the International Yugoslavia Tribunal, Europol and the International Criminal Court in The Hague, along with many other courts, tribunals and NGOs.

About Holland

Because we are a Dutch university of applied sciences, you'll experience a hands-on, open, minded and interactive learning environment. We employ a problem-solving approach, just like the real professional world, with exercises that nurture personal leadership skills, like games, debate and group work.

Contact the course

If you would you like to have more information about the contents of the programme or about the schedule etc., feel free to contact the course manager, Mr. J. Brouwer.

Email: j.brouwer@hhs.nl
Tel: +31 (0)70 - 445 8699

If you would like to have more information about the admission procedure or the requirements, please feel free to contact us via prepcourse@hhs.nl.
Our Enrolment Centre desk is available from Monday till Friday from 11 am - 3 pm.

The Hague University of Applied Sciences

Enrolment Centre - room Oval 1.02 
Johanna Westerdijkplein 75 
2521 EN The Hague