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Prior education: non-Dutch

The information on 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 submit your enrolment request in 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 to 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 find out about these additional requirements, select your degree programme and read about 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)

    If you are not a native English speaker, you will need to demonstrate your English language 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.

    English language proficiency (for Dutch-taught Bachelor’s)

    Students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and produce written work in English or Dutch (depending on the programme language). Non-native speakers of English are required to submit a valid English test score.

    Please note: the test must have been taken less than two years before the start date of the programme. Test results obtained prior to 1 September 2020 will not be accepted.

    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 190 180 180
    C2 Proficiency
    200 200 200
    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 that have or will obtain a French Diplôme du Baccalauréat Général with the Option Internationale du Baccaluréat (OIB), section britannique/américaine     
    • 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 on this web page.

    Please note that the entry requirements for Selective programmes may vary. Visit the programme page 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. The deadline for providing the UvA with an English language test certificate with sufficient scores for non-selective Bachelor's programmes is: 1 April 2022 for non-EU/EEA applicants, and 1 May 2022 for EU-EEA applicants. Make sure to book your test at least one month before the deadline. We cannot accept applications without English proficiency test results (if required).
    • 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 language proficiency

    Prospective students must demonstrate their Dutch language proficiency in order to start a Dutch-taught programme. You can choose to prepare for the NT2 Programme II Dutch language proficiency exam in your own country. For more information about Dutch language courses read further below.

    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) or Educatief Professioneel (EDUP) C1-niveau or Profiel Taalvaardigheid Hoger Onderwijs (PTHO) or Educatief Startbekwaam (STRT) B2-niveau.
    • 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 an A level in 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 are required to take the Dutch as Second Language (NT2-II) state examination.

    Dutch language courses

    Dutch language courses are offered at the Institute for Dutch Language Education (INTT) of the UvA. Students will be admitted to these courses only if the evaluation of their diploma or diplomas shows that preparatory education is sufficient for admission to the university.

    Institute for Dutch Language Education (INTT)

    Duration of the course

    The course is offered four times a year. If you are an absolute beginner, it is recommended that you start the Dutch language course in September. It will take you approximately one year before you have a sufficient command of the Dutch language to pass the required state examination 'Dutch as a second language, programme II' (NT2-II). 

    • There is a special summer course for German students. Experience has shown that most German students are able to learn Dutch within two months. The INTT summer course is a six-week course. Approximately 75 per cent of students pass the state examination after this course.

    HBO students

    Students who have completed an English-language professional education (HBO) propedeuse (first-year diploma) or HBO degree programme can take an intensive Dutch language course at the Institute for Dutch Language Education (INTT) of the UvA in order to prepare for the NT2-II exam. 

    Proof of Dutch language proficiency :

    • Certificate Dutch as a Foreign Language (CNaVT):  Profiel Academische Taalvaardigheid (PAT), Educatief Professioneel (EDUP) C1-niveau, Profiel Taalvaardigheid Hoger Onderwijs (PTHO) or Educatief Startbekwaam (STRT) B2-niveau.  
    • ITNA certificaat, B2 (Inter Universitaire Taaltest voor Anderstaligen).

    Preparing abroad

    To find information about preparing for the NT2-II Dutch language proficiency exam in your own country, please visit the Study in Holland website.


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