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 January 2019 we start a new programme for students who want to start their study at an university or university of applied sciences in September 2019 and September 2020.
If you are interested in following the English Schakelprogramma, please scroll down to 'Refugee programme in English'.

It is not possible to apply for an intake day at this moment. The registration for the intake on November 23rd is closed. For january 2019 we make a selection based on the intakes in November. After this the first possibility to start the Schakelprogramma is in september 2019. An application form will be published in the spring of 2019.
Keep an eye on the website for updates about this.

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.

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 + IELTS/TOEFL exam training
  • 'Vaktaal'* / KNM* / ONA*
* Depending on the city

For additonal 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)
  • Dutch C1 (not mandatory but desirable)
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.
Based on your performance in the base year 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.


A registration at UAF is mandatory to finance the courses as part of the Schakelprogramma. The courses Dutch are financed by DUO.


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 one of these courses we demand an English language level of at least B1. Also note that a registration at UAF is mandatory to finance your education.

It is not possible to apply for an intake at this moment. As soon as an intake for the English programme is opened, the registration form will be published here. Check the website regularly for updates.

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



06.12.2018 Er zijn extra voorjaars- en zomercursussen online geplaatst.

03.12.2018 I.v.m. de inflatiecorrectie (CBS) worden enkele cursusprijzen per 1 januari 2019 aangepast.



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