Preparatory one-year programme: Dutch as a Foreign Language in an Academic Context

The one year programme Dutch as a Foreign Language in an Academic Context is aimed at non-Dutch-speaking students who want to prepare to enter higher education in Dutch. The programme (15 hours of daytime classes every week) consists of a combination of language acquisition and three modules designed to deepen participants’ knowledge:  Academic Study Skills; Culture, Politics and Social Relations; and Dutch Phonetics and Pronunciation.

Within language acquisition, we start at absolute beginner-level and finish at Level 5, with the Interuniversity Test for Dutch as a Foreign Language serving as the final exam. Passing this exam means students comply with the language requirements for higher education and can enrol to study in Dutch at a Flemish university or university college.

The most experienced Linguapolis teachers coach the students both in their language learning process and in their final higher education choices.  The programme also comprises cultural activities (museum visits, theatre evenings, a Christmas party, a study trip to Ghent, etc.). Students are encouraged to practice their language skills outside the classroom.

The one-year programme is an intensive full-time programme. Its participants are enrolled at the University of Antwerp, receive a student card and can use all of the university’s facilities (library, student restaurant, sports facilities, etc.).

Students who need a visa: students admitted to the programme can start the procedure for obtaining a visa. However, please be aware that you will need two letters of acceptance in order to apply for a student visa: (1) a letter of acceptance from Linguapolis; and (2) a letter of acceptance from a Flemish college or university for the subsequent academic year. If you wish to apply for a programme at the University of Antwerp you will need to complete your application in Mobility Online before 15 February 2019, as well as your application at Linguapolis. 


More information - academic year 2019-2020:

  • Study guide 2019-2020 (pdf - 3,67Mb)
  • Application form 2019-2020
  • Application form for refugees 2019-2020: available from 2 May 2019 until 11 July 2019

More information - academic year 2020-2021:

Information regarding the Preparatory One-Year Programme: Dutch as a Foreign Language in an Acadmic Context for academic year 2020-2021, will become available in December 2019.



Christa Huygen
Kleine Kauwenberg 12
2000 Antwerpen
Tel. +32 3 265 57 52