There are no entrance examination at most universities in the Netherlands, and the application procedure starts when prospective student provides international office the required documents. Before applying to a Dutch university, it is important to check admission requirements and application deadlines defined by that university.
Here are general guidelines of qualification required for enrolment.
Application to a Bachelor's (undergraduate) programme:
While a secondary school diploma or an equivalent qualification is a must, some universities might have additional requirements if you apply to certain programmes. For example, additional credentials can be asked if you select a programme Bachelor in Arts at university college or research university.
Application to a Master's (graduate) programme:
A Bachelor's degree diploma is required to apply for a Master programme at any Dutch university.
Candidate's abilities to read, write and converse well in English are also very important because English is the main language used at the universities in the Netherlands.
Doncument required for application
- Diploma or certificate of secondary (high) school with list of subjects and hours per subject for the Bachelor's programmes.
- College or university diploma with list of subjects and hours per subject for the Master's Programmes.
- Results of TOEFL or IELTS test for non-native speakers. Some universities accept results of other English language proficiency tests. Please check with the respective university for details. Required scores are at least 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer based) for TOEFL. For IELTS test, score of at least 6 is required.
- Results of Dutch language test NT2 only for enrolment for programmes in Dutch. Language requirements for individual programmes or courses are indicated in the database of international study programmes.
- Curriculum Vitae (resume), reference letter(s) and a letter of introduction (an essay, personal statement or motivation letter) with the information about candidate's background and reasons of choice studies in Netherlands.
Photocopies of these documents should be translated in English, France, Spanish or German and certified by educational institution (school ) or by notary.
Many Dutch universities have enrolment twice a year: in September (Fall semester) and February (Spring semester). See application deadlines for universities of applied sciences, research universities, university colleges and business schools in the Netherlands.