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Program Pre-Bachelor

The program consists of different subjects and modules. The study load is 40-hour a week.

Dutch as a Second Language (NT2): B1 to B2

You will take the Dutch as a Second Language Upper Intermediate course from the end of August through November. The 3-hour classes are held twice a week and take you from the B1 level to the B2 level.

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Dutch as a Second Language (NT2): State Exam Training

You will receive exam training during the months of December and January. You will learn exam strategies, practice the different exam components and receive feedback from your teachers. You will take the Dutch State Exam, program II in February.

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Dutch as a Second Language (NT2): B2 to C1

You will take the Advanced Dutch course during the months of March - May. The 3-hour classes are held twice a week and take you from the B2 level to the C1 level.

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Orientation to the Dutch Labor Market (ONA) including exam preparation and a module career counseling

The ONA module is offered at the beginning of the Pre-Bachelor's year. During the module, you will receive guidance so that you can obtain a realistic expectation of your potential for pursuing an education and a career in the Netherlands. The course is taught by an experienced career counselor. You will receive help in compiling a portfolio in which your education, experience and expectations are included. You are also expected to visit open days at courses and institutions you would like to attend and, when possible, participate in try-out classes. By the end of the module, you will have made a realistic selection for your subject of study and can then take the ONA exam at DUO.

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Knowledge of Dutch Society (KNM) with exam preparation

During this short module, you will expand your knowledge of Dutch society and prepare for the KNM exam, which you will take at DUO.

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English: B1-min to B2 level

You will take English courses the entire year. During these lessons, you will improve your level to a minimum of B2. This is the level required at most universities in order to pursue an education there. If a higher level is required (C1), you can take the summer course English for Academic Purposes  after the Pre-Bachelor.

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You will take math courses during the entire year. You will expand your knowledge of math so that you can take an exam at the vwo 6 level. The exam is taken in April. In most cases, you will take the subject Mathematics A. If you are going to enroll in a major with an entrance requirement of Mathematics B, then we will customize your program so that you can prepare for the Mathematics B exam.

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Human and Social Sciences

You will take a series of introductory lectures in majors offered at Tilburg University such as economics, law, psychology and communication during the second half of the year. You will also practice your academic skills for each subject such as looking for academic sources, giving a presentation or writing an essay.

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Module Study Skills

This module prepares you even more for pursuing an education at a Dutch university. You will develop your study skills and learn more about student life in the Netherlands.

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Individual counseling

A teacher will be assigned to you who will counsel you individually or in a small group during the entire year. This teacher, or your mentor, is the first person you should contact if you have any questions. Your mentor will also monitor your progress. The mentor may also organize sessions to discuss topics such as study skills and career choices in more detail.

Buddy system

Each participant in the Pre-Bachelor's year will be matched with a student from Tilburg University. He or she will be able to tell you everything about the city of Tilburg, student life in the Netherlands and studying at Tilburg University.

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