The Nuffic Glossary is a list with explanations of terms used in Dutch education.
The first year or first phase of a degree programme at either a university or a university of applied sciences. All the requirements of this phase must be successfully completed before the student may go on to the next phase of the programme. The propedeuse helps to determine whether or not a student has chosen the right programme.
Often a certificate is awarded at this point, and the student will say, "I've got my propedeuse". Do not use the term 'foundation year' because this is used in many countries for a preparatory year, whereas in the Netherlands the propedeuse is part of the degree programme.