Thanks to our integration courses, hundreds of immigrants
and refugees have passed their integration exams
Integration course at Fairfield College
Our integration courses have been well known for many years thanks to their exceptional quality, highly qualified teachers and large amounts of personal attention for the student. We ensure that our students become familiar with the Dutch language and culture, so that they can confidently participate in Dutch society.
Blik op Werk Integration quality mark: guaranteed high-quality integration courses
Fairfield College satisfies the very high demands of the Blik op Werk Integration quality mark. You can therefore rest assured that our integration courses are of the highest quality. This also means that you can receive a loan at the DUO in order to pay for your integration course at our language school. For more information, visit https://www.ikwilinburgeren.nl/english/ik-wil-inburgeren
Contents of the integration course
These are lessons in which you are fully supervised by your teacher. There is a lot of interaction between group members and the teacher.
Language lab lessons
These are individual lessons via headphones and a book. Everyone works on their own in the same room and there is a teacher who guides you, corrects your work and answers all of your questions.
These are lessons which can be done both at school and at home.
The first periods will be focused on all aspects of the Dutch language and culture. The period prior to the exams will be focused specifically on the upcoming exams.
Integration Exam or State Exam
Integration exam (A2)
The integration exam (A2) is for people who already live in the Netherlands and want to integrate. This is the minimum required skill level to integrate in the Netherlands. Most people choose this exam. For more information visit:
The state exam I / II (B1 / B2)
The state exam I / II (B1 / B2) is for people who want to learn the language at a higher level. This level enables the student to participate in the Dutch job market or to attend a courses in a higher level education. Passing state exam I enables students to follow an MBO degree program, whereas state exam II enables students to follow a HBO or University degree program. These exams are significantly more difficult and therefore require more time and effort to prepare. For more information visit https://www.staatsexamensnt2.nl
The integration exam and state exam both consist of the following components. The “Orientation on the Dutch Job Market” component applies only to those who have become obligated to integrate after 1 January 2015.
Orientation on the Dutch Job Market. This exam is about finding a job and working in the Netherlands. You will make assignments at school and at home, and you will create a portfolio. Once the portfolio has been approved, you will do an interview at DUO. During the interview, you will talk about your performance on the assignments and answer their questions.
Knowledge of Dutch society. This exam will be done on the computer. By answering around 40 questions, you will show that you have sufficient knowledge of Dutch society. The exam covers themes from everyday life in the Netherlands that are taught in the classes.
This exam will be done on the computer. You’ll see videos and hear conversations. These are about work, education or daily life in the Netherlands. Each video or conversation contains a number of multiple choice questions. In total, you will answer about 25 questions.
This exam will also be done on the computer. You will read texts and answer about 25 multiple choice questions. The texts are about work, education or daily life in the Netherlands.
This exam will be done on paper. You will get several assignments, for example, writing a letter or email or filling out a form. You will also complete sentences.
In this exam you will show that you are able to speak and understand the language sufficiently. You will watch videos and give provide short answers to questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
– The student’s starting level
– The student’s desired level
– The student’s education level
– The student’s study skills
– The amount of time a student spends practicing the language outside of school
– The amount of homework the student makes
– The student’s motivation level
If you are a fast learner, you can be ready within one year. If you have trouble learning the language, it may take 2-3 years.