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Language requirements per faculty (Bachelor)

  • Possible exemptions for all faculties

    Want to know if you can be exempted from the language requirement? Check this page for an overview of our generally accepted exemptions from the language proficiency requirement.

    Additional exemptions may apply for the programme of your choice, however this is at the discretion of the Admissions Board and will be assessed when your application has been received by the Admissions Office.
    Also check your specific faculty below.

  • Faculty of Arts

    American Studies
    Art History
    Arts, Culture and Media
    Communication and Information Studies
    English Language and Culture
    European Language and Cultures
    History
    International Relations and International Organization (IRIO)
    Media Studies
    Minorities & Multilingualism

    • TOEFL iBT*: 90 (min. 21 every item)
    • IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (min. 6.0 every item)
    • Cambridge C1 CAE or Cambridge C2 CPE Certificate with grade A, B or C
    * TOEFL MyBest Scores are not considered in the Admissions procedure
  • Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences

    TOEFL internet-based* 

    90 (min. 19 on Speaking, min. 21 on Writing)

    TOEFL paper-based

    550

    TOEFL computer-based

    213

    IELTS (Academic) - overall score

    6.5 (min. 6.0 on Speaking & Writing)

    Cambridge C1 Advanced


    Cambridge C2 Proficiency


    * TOEFL MyBest Scores are not considered in the Admissions procedure
  • Faculty of Economics and Business

    You can find the requirements on the page Language Requirements.
  • Faculty of Science and Engineering

    You can find the requirements on the page Language Requirements.
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences

    You can find the requirements in the document Language Requirements.

  • Faculty of Law

    LLB in International and European Law
    • TOEFL (iBT*) score of at least 100, all sections sufficient (so at least 21 on each section) to be sent in through our institutional code 7191
    • IELTS Academic (British Council's English Language Test): score of at least 7.0, all sections sufficient (so at least 6.0 on each section)
    • CPE, Cambridge C2 Proficiency
    • CAE, Cambridge C1 Advanced
      Faculty-specific exemptions to the English language requirement:
      IB students
    Students that obtained their international Baccalaureate diploma from a school of which the sole medium of instruction is English can be exempted from taking an English proficiency test as mentioned above. Alternatively, students that have passed Higher Level English (first language) can also be exempted from taking an English proficiency test as mentioned above. If students have passed English at Standard level, they will have to have scored at least 5 (out of 7) points on English to be considered for exemption. On top of that, their total IB-score should be 35. Students that have taken English B (at Standard level) have to present an English proficiency test score in all cases.

    GCE A-level students
    Students that have passed a sufficient number of A-levels, one of which is 'English', can be exempted from taking an English proficiency test as mentioned above.
    * TOEFL MyBest Scores are not considered in the Admissions procedure
  • Faculty of Philosophy

    You can find the requirements on the programme page.
  • Faculty of Spatial Sciences

    • Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning
    • Spatial Planning and Design
    • TOEFL iBT*: 80 (reading: min. 18; listening: min. 18; speaking: min. 20; and writing: min. 21)
    • IELTS (Academic): 6.0 (min. 6.0 on each section)
    • Cambridge English: C1 Advanced (CAE) or C2 Proficiency (CPE): min. score of 169

    * TOEFL MyBest Scores are not considered in the Admissions procedure

  • Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies

    Religious Studies 
    • IELTS (Academic): 6.0 (min. 6.0 on Speaking and Writing)
    • TOEFL iBT* 80 (min. 20 on Speaking, min. 21 on Writing)
    • Cambridge English: C1 Advanced (CAE) or C2 Proficiency (CPE) with min. score of 169
    Theology (Dutch only) NTII-2 test needed
    * TOEFL MyBest Scores are not considered in the Admissions procedure

  • University College Groningen

    Qualification  Score 
     IELTS (Academic) 6.5 - no less than 6.0 on each section 
     TOEFL IBT (Internet Based Test) 92 - no less than 21 on each section
     TOEFL CBT (Computer Based Test) 237 - no less than 21 on each section 
     TOEFL PBT (Paper Based Test) 580 - no less than 55 on each section 
     Cambridge English Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency
    Please note that certain exemptions* from the above-mentioned requirements may apply in the following cases:
    • Applicants with a Dutch VWO diploma and a 7 or higher in English;
    • Applicants with a German Abitur Diploma and a 10 or higher for the English Kurs.

    * Exemptions are granted at the discretion of the Admissions Office.

  • University College Fryslân

    BSc Global Responsibility & Leadership
    • TOEFL iBT*: 90 (min. 18 on section scores)
    • IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (min. 6.0 on section scores)
    • Cambridge C1/CAE or Cambridge C2/CPE Certificate with grade A, B or C
    * TOEFL MyBest Scores are not considered in the Admissions procedure

    Additional exemption possibility
    - Minimum final grade of 7 for the English course for the Dutch VWO diploma
    - Minimum final grade of 10 for the English course at Leistungskurs (LK) / erhöhtem Anforderingsniveau (eA) for the German Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife (however, please note that taking an English language proficiency test meeting the minimum requirements for this programme is strongly recommended)