If you want to study in the Netherlands and you want to begin your application, you need to know the requirements of the universities in the Netherlands so you can meet this requirements thereby becoming eligible for admission. This article would discuss this requirements and the deadlines of admissions application submission.

The first and important thing you need to know is that every university has its specific requirement and this vary between universities. Also, admission requirements depend on the programme you want to study and various programs have varying requirements.

Therefore, to be admitted to a higher education programme, you first need to contact the institution that offers the programme. They can tell you exactly which admission requirements apply to the programme of your choice.

However, there are general basic requirements that universities require. So not to leave you in the dark, this article would discuss the general requirements you need to get admitted into a university in the Netherlands.

General Entry Requirements

The principal requirement for admission to a bachelor’s degree programme is a high school diploma at the appropriate level. This level is set by the institution.

In some popular fields, the number of places is minimal and quotas are usually set. There are also study programmes – in the arts for example – for which institutions set their own extra requirements

For admission to a master’s degree programme, you must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.

If you know which diploma the institution of your choice has set as a minimum requirement, you should check how your diploma compares to this on the actual Nuffic website.

Language Requirements


If you will be studying in the Dutch language, you will need to prove your degree of fluency of the Dutch language. To do this, you need to have taken any of the following exams and present results for them:


If you will study in English, it is important that you speak, read and write English well. You need to have passed an English language test. IELTS and TOEFL are generally accepted, but institutions may perhaps accept other tests too.


The required scores have least 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer based) for TOEFL. For IELTS the score of at least 6 is needed.


You can find language requirements regarding individual programmes or courses from the database of international study programmes.

Preparatory year


Sometimes you are not yet eligible for the programme of your choice, but with slightly extra preparation you could potentially become eligible.


The Dutch higher education institution of your choice can supply you with a conditional letter associated of acceptance. Dutch immigration law then permits you to come to the Netherlands for at most one year just before your studies to follow preparatory courses as well as pass the examinations set because of the institution.


After you’ve passed the exams, the conditional letter of acceptance is going to be turned into an absolute letter of acceptance. The factsheet ‘A preparatory year before admission with a Dutch university’ gives you all the information on this topic.

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