The Boswell-Bèta Schakelprogramma

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Welcome to the Schakelprogramma of Boswell-Bèta designed for refugee students in collaboration with UAF, language institute Lestbest and the RISBO institute (EUR). The Schakelprogramma prepares you for admittance to higher education.


In September 2019 a new group of students have started the programme. In January 2020 there is a possibility to start a shortened programme only for students that have acquired the NT2 programme II certificate, or that want to take the English programme (please scroll down to 'Refugee programme in English').

The application procedure for the intake for January 2020 is closed.

The application procedure for the programme starting in September 2020 is open.
Visit the website of the base year to register for the intake. The intake session will take place in Spring 2020. You will receive written tests for Mathematics and English. Your level of previous education will be assessed using certificates and diplomas you possess. Due to travel costs there is a low probability of admission when your place of residence is far from Utrecht. The intake for the base year is a joint procedure of Boswell-Bèta, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam and Tilburg University.

The Dutch Schakelprogramma consists of two parts: the base year and the specialisation year.

The base year

You can take the base year in Utrecht (Boswell-Bèta), Tilburg (Tilburg University) and Rotterdam (Erasmus University). You will be automatically placed in the base year that is closest to the place you live.

To visit the website of the base year, click here. (only in Dutch)

The base year offers subjects that are necessary for admission to any university or university of applied sciences:

  • Basic Mathematical Skills
  • Mathematics B
  • Study Skills
  • Dutch B1-B2 + NT2 exam training
  • English B1-B2 + IELTSexam training
  • 'Vaktaal'* / KNM* / ONA*
* Depending on the city

For additional information about the base year in the other two cities, please check:
Basisjaar Universiteit van Tilburg
Basisjaar Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam

Specialisation: schakeljaar+

At Boswell-Bèta you can take additional courses for technical or biomedical studies when you have succesfully finished the base year.

Technical specialisation
For most technical studies Physics is a requirement. This course can be taken within the base year. Therefore the preparation for a technical study takes one year in total.
Please note: for admission to the TU Delft you have to pass 'Vaktaal'.

Biomedical specialisation
For biomedical studies you need multiple additional courses:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology (except for Pharmacy)
This takes another year on top of the base year. The preparation for a biomedical study takes two years in total.


After your application through the form you will receive additional information no later than two weeks in advance. There are 2 rounds in the intake procedure. Round 1 consists of written tests for Dutch, English and Mathematics. When you pass these tests you are invited for round 2. Round 2 consists of 4 orals: English, Dutch, previous education and motivation. After these two rounds we will decide if you are eligible for the programme.

N.B. The programme is suited to prepare for admission to all universities (academic and applied sciences).

Admission requirements

The Schakelprogramma is designed for refugee students who have (almost) finished high school in their own country, or who already started higher education. During the intake day you must be able to demonstrate that you had a large amount of mathematics education. Also you need to show your basic math skills by taking a diagnostic math test. We demand a Dutch level of at least B1 and an English level of at least B1.
Your performance in the base year (attendance, motivation, homework, test results) will be constantly monitored. Based on your performances it is decided whether you can continue with specialisation.


Depending on the courses you take, the Schakelprogramma will take appr. between half a year and two years. The courses are scheduled between Monday and Friday and if necessary on Saturday.


The Dutch courses are financed using the DUO loan.
For the beta-courses and English a UAF registration is mandatory to finance you participation in the programma. Are you unable to register at UAF? Contact us to determine possible alternatives.
Do you receive welfare from your municipality? Ask your contact person for approval to take education here while keeping your welfare.


Please contact us at or call 030-4300112 (between 10-17h) when you have questions about your situation or the Schakelprogramma.

Refugee programme in English

Are you planning to take a bachelor programme completely in English at a Dutch university? Boswell-Bèta offers courses in Math A and B, Physics, Chemistry and Biology in English. The courses are intensive and last for appr. 6 weeks, starting in June, July, October and April. One course is full-time, therefore you can take only one course every trimester. To start a Math A/B/C course we demand an English language level of at least B1. For Physics, Chemistry and Biology your English level needs to be at least B2. Your Dutch level needs to be at least B1 to be able to get a UAF registration. A registration at UAF is mandatory to finance your education.

The intake for the English programme is merged with the intake for the regular programme in Dutch. If you want to take part in the English programme, you can apply for the intake in Spring 2020 by applying on the website of the Base Year. The next start of the programme is in September 2020.
During the intake procedure clearly indicate that you want to apply for an English bachelor programme. Prepare your motivation as to why the English programme is of extra value for you. We decide in consultation with UAF whether you are applicable for the English programme in Utrecht.

Please contact us at or call 030-4300112 (between 10-17h) when you have questions about our educational programme in English.



01.10.2019 Je kunt je nu inschrijven voor de zomercursussen 2020.



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