Future Student FAQs
The Hague Pathway College will be open for on campus teaching in September 2020.
The college team is making all necessary preparations to start the year in such a way you will maximally benefit from physical presence. Both in learning and in student life. The College will continue to follow the so far successful approach of the Dutch government and the guidelines set by The Hague University of Applied Sciences. A safe and healthy learning environment for our students and staff remains the highest priority.
YOUR GUARANTEED START WITH US IN SEPTEMBER
Start your on campus programme in September
· Safe teaching environment is our priority
· All benefits of physical learning and life experience
· Hybrid teaching to manage social distancing – mix of face to face and online as appropriate
· All meaningful educational interaction to be face to face
· On campus interaction in smaller groups (indicative 15 students)
· Student support and campus facilities (library, sports, IT, food) open for you
Online learning from home in case you need to
· Start from your home if you are logistical matters do not allow you to travel
· Travel to the Netherlands once restrictions are lifted
· Join face to face at any point between September and December
Can I visit the campus during this time?
Unfortunately, you are not able to visit the campus at present in line with government advice. However, please visit our new video to get a taste of student life in The Hague and THPC. We hope to welcome you to The Hague soon!
Will there be events that I can join online to learn more about the University and THPC?
On our website and social media, we frequently announce webinars about admissions, accommodation, visa application and other topics. These webinars are particularly relevant to our future students. Keep an eye on our news items and social media (Facebook and Instagram), if you want to subscribe and participate in our webinars.
Can I speak to any current students to find out more about studying in THPC?
Soon we will announce on our website and social media webinars in which you can meet our current students and ask them about their experience studying in THPC and life in the Hague.
I want to study/have an offer for September 2020, what's next?
The initial step is to apply via our website and we will send you an offer for September 2020, if you are eligible to study with us.
To secure your place, you must sign and return to us the offer signed. Also, you will have to pay 50% of your course fee as indicated in your offer letter. You will then pay the remainder of your course fee before the start of your visa application.
By Dutch law, the Immigration Service (IND) also charges a €174 administration fee (2020 fee, subject to annual change) for the visa procedure. As Dutch health and liability insurance is a visa requirement, The Hague Pathway College assists in taking the necessary steps.
Once the offer is signed and we have received the payment of your tuition and visa fee, we will contact you by e-mail with information for the visa application procedure. Provided you supply all necessary documents in time, application procedures at the Dutch Immigration Service (IND) will take approximately 4 - 6 weeks. Remember that you do not start the visa process yourself – you must wait for information from us.
Will the deadlines for the application and visa process change?
Due to the circumstances we have decided to extend our application and visa process deadlines.
Application Deadline: 1 August 2020
Visa & Payment Deadline: 15 August 2020
*Due to strict Dutch visa regulations, high-risk countries (Bangladesh, Cameroon, Nepal and Pakistan) have early deadlines.
What if I obtain my academic records late?
Some students may face difficulties in obtaining academic records prior to the final deadline (15 August 2020). Please note that we will only need final diplomas and transcripts by 1 November 2020 for students enrolling in THPC in September 2020. Students can start their visa process and study period based on a provisional acceptance letter. This is common practice in The Netherlands and will continue to be the case in the light of present conditions.
What if I cannot take an IELTS or TOEFL test?
TOEFL iBT® online home test available
The Hague Pathway College approves online version of TOEFL IBT tests
Students applying for The Hague Pathway College are requested need to demonstrate proof of their English language ability. It is one of our entry requirements and also required to obtain a Dutch visa. During the Covid-19 pandemic some students may face difficulties in taking a regular IELTS or TOEFL test.
We have some good news though!
ETS has expanded availability of at home testing for the TOEFL iBT® test. The testing system is now available in most countries world-wide. The Hague University of Applied Sciences and The Hague Pathway College approve this version of TOEFL IBT tests for which you can register online.
We encourage students who would like to apply for THPC to take this online TOEFL iBT® test. You will be able to meet your English language requirement in time and have sufficient time to send us your results (15 August 2020). Currently there is sufficient testing capacity for students to register immediately and test a few days later. Register as soon as possible, you have a great chance to secure your spot.
The TOEFL iBT® test is offered with the exception of Mainland China and Iran. In Mainland China, ETS is working closely with the National Education Examinations Authority to accommodate test takers impacted by test cancellations, including adding test dates once regular testing resumes. Chinese students may also check the updated page on the mandatory Nuffic certificate. ETS is trying to offer at home testing in Iran as soon as possible.
Can I pay my tuition fee and get my refund if the coronavirus situation doesn’t let me start my classes in September?
We expect to start our International Foundation Year in September, as foreseen. In the unlikely event of a longer-lasting effect of the virus in daily life, we will offer online teaching and technology as an alternative teaching method. Students will then be able to arrive once the situation improves. So good news, you will be able to start your studies! In case you would not feel comfortable with the solutions we offer, we are open to considering refund requests.
What will happen regarding the IB examinations?
We are working hard with our partner universities on what the effect of the cancellation of the IB examinations will be. We are expecting that there will be solutions for this at a Dutch national level, since many students are in a similar position, including secondary school students in the Netherlands themselves. We will need a bit of time to be able to come back with suitable solutions, but feel confident there will be appropriate measures in place. In case of any personal questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
Did the academic year change due to the coronavirus?
The structure of the academic year, for now, remains as follows:
|Induction Week||14 - 18 September 2020|
|Term 1||21 September - 11 December 2020 (in case needed, offered online)|
|Term 2||11 January - 26 March 2021|
|Term 3||6 April – 30 June 2021|