For prospective international students who are unable to do an English proficiency test at an IELTS test centre due to COVID-19-related restrictions, IELTS has now launched IELTS Indicator, an online English language test. A press statement on the matter was released over the weekend. The Netherlands is considering whether this will meet their own requirements for international students.
The Dutch government set the ball rolling to help prospective international students unable to do an English language test – a prerequisite when applying for a study visa – due to COVID-19 restrictions in many of their home countries. Most students do an IELTS or TOEFL at a test centre, but as many of these centres around the world have closed, students found themselves stuck. The Dutch department of education is now working on a solution with the National Commission for the Code of Conduct for International Students in Dutch Higher Education that might enable students to do the test online.
Stakeholders in the Dutch higher education sector met in The Hague on Wednesday for a seminar on the future of international students in the Netherlands.
The Pre Bachelor Foundation programme allows students to, alongside the language classes, follow foundation modules of the International Bachelors in Business Adminstration (IBA) as preparation for their bachelor programme. The English and Business Preparation Programme, which we also call Prep Course or Foundation Programme for short, is offered in combination with a Bachelor Programme.
Wittenborg University 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 1 year IELTS English programme.