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Admission Requirements 2021/2022

Admission Requirements
Admission Requirements

During the first step of our application process you need to meet the below mentioned admission requirements. (Keep in mind that we calculate your GPA at the moment of application.) Once these requirements are met, you can continue with the second step of our application process: selection based on motivation video or personal interview.

Secondary School Diploma

Students are required to have successfully obtained a secondary school diploma which allows entry to an academic university. Therefore, students need to obtain a Dutch VWO diploma or international equivalent before gaining entry to the programme. The table below shows the most common secondary school diplomas that are considered equivalent to the Dutch VWO diploma:

Qualification Minimum GPA
Netherlands VWO 6,5
United Kingdom Three A-Levels D

Zeugnis der allgemeinen Hochschulreife (Abitur)

United States of America

American High School diploma + three Advanced Placement Tests OR SAT scores *

High School Diploma minimum GPA of 3.0


3 AP tests (grades 3-5) OR score of 1300 on SAT

International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate Diploma

27 points

European Baccalaureate

European Baccalaureate Certificate


*If you wish to apply with SAT scores please inform us via:

English Proficiency

Since English is the official language at University College Groningen, applicants are required to demonstrate proof of their English language proficiency. The following exemptions apply from demonstrating English language proficiency:

GCE(A) level Students

Have obtained at least 3 GCE(A) level certificates from one of the recognized British examination boards.

EB Students

Have a European Baccalaureate diploma from a European School or one of the Accredited European Schools and have (completed) English as final exam subject.

IB Students

Have an International Baccalaureate diploma, with English as the medium of instruction.

OIB Students

Have the French Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (OIB) – section Britannique/Anglais.

South African National Senior Certificate

Have obtained the NSC with IEB Advanced Programme certificate in English with 55% or more.

US, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada (English-speaking regions only), Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines

Have completed entire secondary/higher education in one of these countries.

German Abitur

Have obtained the German Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife, including the Englisch LK.

Dutch VWO

Have obtained the Dutch VWO diploma and a 7 or higher for Engels.


Have obtained the Dutch HBO propaedeutic diploma + a GPA of 8 or higher on HAVO English

If you do not meet the requirements listed above, one of the tests indicated below will provide proof of English proficiency. These tests will always be accepted by UCG as proof of English proficiency (provided that the minimum score was obtained). Minimum required scores for these tests are:






IELTS (Academic)






TOEFL IBT (internet-based)

90 21* (19-23) 21* (20-23) 21* (20-22) 24 (24-26)

Cambridge English

B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180

English language test - TC





*Indication for the required scores communicated to applicants. The minimum scores in the TOEFL range will not lead to a sufficient overall score.

Please keep in mind that:

  • The TOEFL and IELTS test scores cannot be older than two years;
  • You may already apply for our BA/BSc in Liberal Arts and Sciences, 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;
  • If you need to take one of the above-mentioned tests, you are responsible for making your own arrangements and pay any fee required. As it will take some time for the results to become available, make sure you sign up for an English language proficiency test well in advance before the start of the academic year. Make sure that there is enough time for the results to reach UCG, to make sure that you have the possibility to retake the test if the results are disappointing.

Submission of test results:

  • IELTS: a scan of the score report can be uploaded in the Online Admission System (OAS) or can be send by email. We can verify the score online;
  • TOEFL: initially, a scan of the score report can be uploaded in OAS. If you are admitted, we need to receive the original score report. Please ask the Educational Testing Service to send it to us, using institution code 7191;
  • Cambridge Certificate: initially, a scan of the score report can be uploaded in OAS. If you are admitted, we need to receive a certified copy of the certificate.

Mathematics Proficiency

Due to the content of the courses offered at UCG, we require students to have achieved a certain level of mathematics proficiency during their prior education. We accept the following mathematics levels with a passing grade:

Qualification Level Required

Wiskunde A, B, C or D

International Baccalaureate (either one)

Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches


Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation


Mathematical Studies SL or Mathematics SL or Mathematics HL

European Baccalaureate

Mathematics 3 periods or 5 periods

British A-levels

A-level or AS-level in Mathematics

American High School Diploma

AP Calculus or AP Statistics with a minimum grade 3 or SAT math score 600


Mathematik GK/gA or Mathematik LK/eA

For other qualifications not mentioned above, generally, we measure mathematics proficiency by having passed mathematics as a final year or final exam course in a qualification that is equivalent to pre-Dutch University education. The Board of Admission will decide whether the level of the mathematics course within your curriculum is sufficient based on the transcript(s) you provide in your application to UCG.

If you do not meet our mathematics requirement, you can choose to do an alternative test to complement your application. These are the tests that we accept:

  • Dutch VWO Wiskunde (any type) certificate (Dutch pre-university Mathematics) with a passing grade, obtained at CCVX or Boswell-Beta;
  • AP Calculus or AP Statistics with a College Board examination with a minimum grade of 3;
  • AS-level or A-level certificate in Mathematics (via one of the British A-level examination boards);
  • IB certificate (every level) with a minimum grade of 4

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Last modified:26 May 2021 1.09 p.m.