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Language Requirements

English language requirements

One of the challenges many students from non-English speaking countries encounter is the required level of English when they attend courses taught in English. In the Netherlands, the level of English proficiency is high, and lecturers expect all students in their class to have adequate language skills to participate in their course. The level of proficiency we require of exchange students can be compared to a TOEFL score of 550, or IELTS 6-6,5, or CEF (European Framework of Reference) B2/C1.

If your results fall below that, you will probably have trouble understanding books and lectures and participating in discussions. The consequence may be that you fail courses or get bad results, or even that you are denied admission to courses or are evicted from courses.

In order to avoid this, prospective exchange students whose mother tongue is not English are required to do the following:

  • Have your level of English tested at home , for example at your university language centre. You can also do a self-assessment such as the online language assessment system Dialang, which you can download onto your own computer ( Dialang has separate tests for reading, writing, listening and speaking, and we advise you to do them all.

  • If you have done an official language test, send the certificate to the International Office. If you have done a self-assessment, please give the results and have it signed by the international officer of your home university. If you are sure your English is good enough anyway (without doing a test), ask your international officer to write a note saying that your English is sufficient.

  • If necessary, we advise you to take an intensive language course before you leave for Groningen so that your English proficiency is adequate before your arrival.

Dutch Language


The Language Centre of the University offers courses to learn Dutch. Two types of courses are on offer:

  1. is especially designed 3 week crash course to finish with a national recognised level of Dutch. This course is designed for students who will follow all courses in Dutch language
  2. a regular course, 13 weeks to learn how to communicate in Dutch.
Please note, the Language Center is a commercial part of the University, so the courses are not free of charge and are NOT part of the exchange stay and will not be registered at the Learning Agreement or the transcript. Registration and payments are handled by our colleagues of the Language Center.
Laatst gewijzigd:01 september 2017 17:24