The information on this page is for applicants whose prior education was completed at a non-Dutch educational institution.
Please carefully read all of the information below before you submit your enrolment request in Studielink.
Some programmes, with a limited number of places available, may have their own selection procedures. Find out more about fixed quotas and selection procedures.
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.
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.
|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|
|NT2 (Dutch)||NT2 state exam|
The following applicants are exempted from the English test:
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.
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:
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 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.
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).
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 :
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 want to apply, please visit the application web page for Bachelor’s programmes.
If you have any questions, you can contact the Central Student Service Desk.