English & Business Preparation Programme (1 Year)

Course Details
Course Name

IBA English & Business Preparation Programme

Course Type

Foundation Year

Course Sector

English & Business

Course Duration

1 year


60 ECs

Entry Points Per Year

6 x entry per year possible

Next Starting Date(s)

20 May 2024, 26 August 2024, 14 October 2024

Degree or Qualification

Bachelor Foundation Programme Certificate



Tuition Fee



Wittenborg English PreparationFoundation Programmes -

Prepare for study and life at Wittenborg!

If you are an international student, and you need additional preparation and support in English or foundation subjects to complete undergraduate or postgraduate study at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, then the Foundation Programmes with Intensive English Language course offered at Wittenborg, based on the IELTS exam style, can help you develop the skills and knowledge to succeed in your degree.

The foundation year concept at Wittenborg is simple:

Pre-Bachelor's: Foundation Modules of the Bachelor International Business Administration, together with intensive lessons of Academic English. Minimum IELTS level 5 required for entry.

On successful completion, students will be awarded an IBA Foundation Year Certificate and progression to the bachelor's degree programme, with exemption for all IBA credits already achieved.

Pre-Master's: New! 18-Month Master of Science 'Combi Package'

This programme is for students wishing to study the Master of Science in International Hospitality, International Tourism or International Event Management, and require or would like to study a half-year master's preparation course that will fully prepare them for their chosen MSc programme. Students only have to choose the Master of Science pathway at the end of the first semester, allowing complete flexibility. 


IELTS English

Wittenborg English PreparationWittenborg offers an intensive IELTS English preparation programme for entry into its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Students with an IELTS level 5 are offered a full, one-year IELTS English programme. If progress in the target language reaches a 5.5 level of IELTS, then students can combine a number of business modules from the first year of the International Business Administration. This decision rests with the tutor and coordinator of the foundation course.

Students whose entry level is IELTS 5.5 are offered a half-year preparation programme before starting their chosen bachelor's pathway.

NOTE: The IELTS Preparation Programmes start 6 times a year, which means that as soon as you have completed your IELTS test successfully you can stream into the bachelor's degree programme at the next entry point (also 6 times a year).

For master's students, there is a special Advanced Academic IELTS programme offered as part of the Pre-Master's programme. This starts in February, allowing students to begin their chosen MSc programme in September.

English language requirements for entry into Wittenborg degree programmes

In order to successfully study at Wittenborg, students must have adequate skills in the English language, comparable to certain levels used by the English Language Testing System (IELTS):

  • Bachelor's entry IELTS = Academic IELTS 6
  • Master's entry IELTS = Academic IELTS 6.5 with at least a 6 for the writing component.

Wittenborg also carries out its own internal testing known as WELTS, which mirrors the IELTS examination. This testing is carried out by experienced IELTS teachers, and is used to monitor entry levels and progress throughout the programmes.


Info Request / Apply

Fill in the Information Request Form to get more information about our programmes and admissions process. You can also send an email to admission@wittenborg.eu, and one of our team members will reply to you as soon as possible.

Feel free to connect with our Admissions Team by calling our office line +31 (0)88 667 266 or our mobile phone number +31 (0)628 364 624.

If you wish us to call you back, then simply send an email to admission@wittenborg.eu with your phone number and preferred time.

A member of our Admissions Team will call you back soon during our office opening hours, which is Monday-Friday 08:30-17:30, Dutch time.

If you which to directly start you application online, then please follow the steps on this page and complete the form. All necessary application documents can be downloaded on the same page, and scanned copies can easily be uploaded before submitting the form. Alternatively, you can also send your application documents by email to admission@wittenborg.eu.