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Prior education: non-Dutch

This page is for applicants whose prior education was completed at a non-Dutch educational institution.

  • Step 1: Read all the information before you apply
    • Please carefully read all of the information below before you start your application through Studielink.
    • You are advised to start the application procedure three to six months prior to the programme’s deadline because obtaining the necessary documents can require a lot of time.
    • Be aware that learning Dutch may take up to a full academic year for complete beginners.
    • Please note: to apply for an English-taught programme, you will need to follow the application procedure for English-taught programmes.
  • Step 3: Check additional requirements
    • For many degree programmes, additional entry requirements may apply, such as a mathematics test or prerequisite courses.
    • To check these additional requirements, select your study programme and check the requirements listed under Step 2 on the page ‘Toelating en inschrijving’.

    Selection procedures 

    Some programmes, with a limited number of places available, may have their own selection procedures. Find out more about fixed quotas and selection procedures.

  • Step 4: Language proficiency (English and Dutch)

    You will need to demonstrate your English proficiency in order to be eligible for our English-taught programmes. Similarly, for Dutch-taught programmes, you will need to demonstrate sufficient proficiency in Dutch. As a substantial amount of the reading materials of the Dutch-taught programmes will be in English, you will also need to demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English.

    Minimum test scores

    Test centres Selective programmes (minimum score) All other programmes (minimum score) Dutch-taught programmes (for applicants with a foreign diploma)
    IELTS 7 (subscores: 7) 6.5 (subscores 6) 6.5 (subscores 6)
    TOEFL 100 (subscores: 24) 92 (subscores: 22) 92 (subscores: 22)
    Cambridge C1 Advanced Level C1: 190 Level C1: 180  
    NT2 (Dutch)     NT2 state exam


    The following applicants are exempted from the English test:

    • Dutch VWO diploma holders;
    • Dutch four-year HBO degree certificate holders;
    • Applicants with previous education from the countries on this list
    • Those who have obtained their diploma in Australia, Canada (with the exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States of America
    • Applicants doing an International Baccalaureate
    • Applicants doing a European Baccalaureate with English as first or second language (minimum result: 6)

    Applicants with a Dutch HBO-propaedeutic diploma can check their eligibility in the Enrolment Provisions.

    Please note that the entry requirements for Selective programmes may vary, You can check the programme for more information.

    Taking your English language test

    • Take enough time to prepare for the test.
    • Remember to take the test before the application deadline.
    • If your score is insufficient, you can do a resit before the application deadline. However, you cannot be admitted to a programme if your test scores do not meet our requirements..

    Test centres

    • TOEFL (the code for sending your score report in online is 9011, University of Amsterdam)
    • IELTS
    • Cambridge

    Dutch proficiency

    Prospective students must be proficient in Dutch to start a Dutch-taught programme. You can choose to prepare for the NT2 Programme II Dutch language proficiency exam in your own country.

    The following documents are accepted as proof of sufficient command of the Dutch language, and therefore exempt you from taking the language proficiency NT2 examination:

    • Belgium: Flemish Community: Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs
    • Germany: Abitur with Niederländisch as Prüfungsfach or Leistungsfach, University Zwischenprüfung Niederländisch
    • Suriname: VWO diploma from Suriname, Propedeuse diploma (Anton de Kom Universiteit)
    • Dutch professional education: MBO or HBO diploma
    • Dutch primary and secondary education: primary school and three years in secondary school in the Netherlands with at least a grade of 6 on the final transcript
    • Certificate Dutch as a Foreign Language (CNaVT): Profiel Academische Taalvaardigheid (PAT) and Profiel Taalvaardigheid Hoger Onderwijs (PTHO)
    • The Netherlands Antilles and Aruba: VWO diploma or any diploma from a Dutch institute of higher education
    • United Kingdom: British General Certificate of Education (GCE) with an advanced level (A-level) in Dutch, International GCE with First Language Dutch
    •  Other diplomas: European Baccalaureate with Dutch as first or second language, International Baccalaureate with Dutch A at Higher Level (HL) or Standard Level (SL), International Baccalaureate with Dutch B at Higher Level (HL), Certificate of exemption given by the director of the Institute for Dutch Language Education (INTT) of the University of Amsterdam
    • ITNA certificaat

    If you do not possess any of the documents above, then you must take the Dutch as Second Language (NT2-II) state examination.


If you have any questions, you can contact the Central Student Service Desk.