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.).

More information - academic year 2020-2021:

COVID-19 UPDATE:

The Preparatory One-Year Programme: Dutch as a Foreign Language in an Academic Context will start as originally planned on the 14th of September. The University of Antwerp does not expect a full return to traditional face-to-face classes to be possible for academic year 2020-2021. This means that Linguapolis will organise a mix of lessons on campus and guided distance learning as necessary. We make full use of the advantages of both methods.

We are fully aware that, due to country-specific COVID-19 measures, some students will not be able to arrive in Belgium before 14 September. Therefore, we will guarantee an online start of the programme for those who can prove that they cannot be in Belgium by 14 September due to reasons beyond their control.

However, this online start is subject to some conditions:

  1. You have paid the course fee in full before the start of the programme;
  2. You need to prove that you cannot arrive in Belgium by the start of the programme due to reasons beyond your control;
  3. You make every possible effort to be in Belgium as soon as possible; you will keep the Linguapolis secretary’s office informed of your status.

Important: as explained in our study guide, we normally do not issue any refunds under any circumstances once the programme has started. However, this year due to the Corona-crisis, we will make an exception and we will refund part of the tuition fee. This also implies deregistration, i.e. your enrolment at the University of Antwerp will be terminated. The refund corresponds with €3.255 for EEA students and €4.480 for non-EEA students, but only if you meet the following conditions:

  1. You have started the online classes because you couldn’t be here on 14 September 2020;
  2. You need to have official proof that you are unable to be in Belgium before 31 October 2020 due to reasons beyond your control.

If you do not meet these conditions, or if you already started attending the programme in Antwerp, you will not be entitled to a refund.

 

Don't need a student visa?

If you don't need a student visa, you can directly register at Linguapolis:  Application form 2020-2021

 

Need a student visa?

UPDATE: The deadline for students in need of a student visa has passed for academic year 2020-2021. Applications for 2021-2022 can be submitted as soon as December 2020.

Students accepted to the programme can start the procedure for obtaining a student 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.

The application procedure for the Preparatory One-Year Dutch Programme will differ depending on which Flemish college or university you choose to continue your studies in academic year 2021-2022:

► For a Bachelor or Master programme at the University of Antwerp:

Register at: University of Antwerp (Deadline has passed)

You will automatically be forwarded to a sub-form for the Preparatory One-Year Dutch Programme. As a result, you don't need to submit a second application.​

► For a programme at the Artesis Plantijn (AP) University College:

Register at: Artesis Plantijn University College (Deadline has passed)

You will automatically be forwarded to a sub-form for the Preparatory One-Year Dutch Programme. As a result, you don't need to submit a second application.​

► For a programme at the Karel de Grote (KdG) University College:

Register at: Karel de Grote University College 

You will automatically be forwarded to a sub-form for the Preparatory One-Year Dutch Programme. As a result, you don't need to submit a second application.​

► For a programme at any other Flemish university or college:

First register at: Linguapolis (academic year 2020-2021) (Deadline has passed)

Subsequently, register at the university or college of your choice (academic year 2021-2022).

Contact

Secretary's office
(BY APPOINTMENT ONLY)
Stadscampus
Kleine Kauwenberg 12
2000 Antwerpen
Tel. +32 3 265 57 52
prepyear@linguapolis.be