Scholarships for refugees

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

A limited number of scholarships is available for refugees.

Target audience

  • Young people (aged 17 to 25) planning to continue their studies: this means they have finished secondary school, achieved a qualification that allows them to enter higher education, and would like to start Dutch-language higher education.
  • Adults planning to continue their studies: this means they have already attained a Bachelor or Master in their own country and would like to continue studying in Dutch-language higher education.



  • Refugee status: asylum seeker / refugee status / subsidiary protection
  • Language proficiency: intermediate knowledge of English (CEFR level B1)
  • A score of at least 40 out of 48 on the COVAAR test
  • Bachelor or Master degree (excluding 17-25 year old adults with secondary school qualifications allowing them to study in higher education)
  • Ability to attend classes in a full time study programme 
  • Plans to continue studying in Flemish higher education
  • Income criterium:
    You have a total gross family income of less than €2000 per month.
    You can prove this using a recent document (less than one month old) in one of the following categories:
    • evidence that you receive a replacement income from the social security services (e.g. leefloon, stempelvergoeding, document from payment institution or public centre for social welfare/OCMW, etc.).
    • evidence that you or the person who supports you receive(s) a limited income (e.g. payslip, proof from accountant if self-employed, etc.).
    • If you are cohabiting or married your partner’s income will also be taken into account, so you will have to prove your partner’s replacement income or low income. You should also take proof of your family situation.



  • The deadline for submitting your online application is 9 July 2020.
  • Your application and your documents are reviewed on 10 July 2020.
  • On Monday 13 July 2020 the applicants selected for a written test receive an appointment by E-mail.
  • The written test will be held on Wednesday 15 July 2020. The applicants that scored high enough on the written test will receive an appointment for an interview by email.
  • The interviews will be held on Thursday 16 July 2020. The applicants who have not been selected based on the written test and/or the interview are notified about this decision on the same day.
  • In the second half of August an academic committee selects the candidates for the scholarships that are available. The committee also decides upon a list of alternate candidates. You will be notified of the committee’s decision on Thursday 27 August 2020.
  • The programme starts with a welcome week on 14 September 2020 and ends on 24 June 2021.


How to apply


Secretary's office
Kleine Kauwenberg 12
2000 Antwerpen
Tel. +32 3 265 57 52