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Language requirements

Students who hold a Dutch VWO level high school diploma including English, meet the language requirements. Students without a VWO diploma must provide proof of their English proficiency during the application process.

Accepted tests (minimum scores)






IELTS (Academic)






TOEFL IBT (internet-based)






Cambridge English

C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180

Please note that test scores cannot be older than two years from the moment you submit your application in Studielink and that it is not allowed to combine multiple tests. TOEFL MyBest Scores are not considered in the Admissions procedure.

You are exempt from proving proficiency in English only if
  • You are a native speaker and have completed a full secondary education in one of the following countries: USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia;
  • You have already completed a fulltime bachelor programme (nominal duration of at least three years) in one of the following countries: USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia;
  • You have an International Baccalaureate diploma, with English as the medium of instruction;
  • You have a European Baccalaureate diploma, with English as the medium of instruction.

If English was the medium of instruction during your previous education, but you do not meet the above mentioned requirements for exemption, you are still required to prove your English proficiency by means of one of the tests as mentioned above.

Please keep in mind
  • The modality required is 'academic'.
  • You may apply for a degree programme, even though you have not yet taken an English language test or while your test score is still insufficient. In that case, you might be conditionally admitted with one of the conditions for final admission being that you take and pass a (new) test. Please inform the Admissions Office of the date on which you are planning to take such a test.
For your information

It is not a problem if you apply whilst you have not yet taken one of the required tests. If you are admitted, (one of) the condition(s) will be that you prove your English language proficiency in accordance with our requirements.

If you are a non-EU/EEA student and you require visa to travel to the Netherlands, you should take into account that we can only apply for visa for you after you have met the language requirements.

Last modified:05 December 2022 09.38 a.m.