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English language requirements

For non-native speakers with qualifications from outside the EEA only

These are general requirements for sufficient command of the English language.

These are general requirements. Make sure to check carefully the specific language requirements of your chosen degree programme.

See list of Dutch-taught Bachelor's programmes

English language proficiency test

In Dutch-taught degree programmes, much of the literature and some of the lectures may be in English. All prospective students must therefore be proficient in English and must take an English language proficiency test, unless otherwise exempted from this requirement.


1.    Those who have completed their prior education in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States of America.

2.    Those who have completed their prior education in a country of the European Economic Area (EEA), or in Switzerland.

You may also receive an exemption from the English language proficiency test with a diploma from a country where English is the official language of instruction, or with one of the following diplomas:

  • International Baccalaureate: English A (SL/HL), or at least English B (SL/HL), provided that English was the language of instruction
  • Aruba: VWO diploma
  • Israel: Te’údat Bagrut with at least four study units for English;
  • Morroco: Licence diploma in English;
  • Netherlands Antilles: VWO diploma;
  • Suriname: VWO diploma.

Request for exemption

Please send a request for exemption from the English language proficiency test together with a certifiedcopy of the diploma and official transcript (list of grades) to:

University of Amsterdam
Admissions Office
Student Services
Roetersstraat 11
1018 WB  Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Please note: your request for exemption from the English language proficiency test can only be taken into consideration after you have completed the online application form (step 3). 

Accepted tests and test scores

The following three tests are accepted as proof of proficiency in English:

  • Cambridge International Examinations
  • IELTS (academic module)
  1. Please take note of the minimum scores listed below. For information on how to take the English language proficiency test, contact the testing institute directly.
  2. We only accept official test results. Copies will not be taken into consideration. Make sure the testing institute sends the test results directly to the Admissions Office of the University of Amsterdam. 


Prospective students must have a minimum score of:

  • 570 for the paper test,
  • 230 for the computer test,
  • 90 for the internet test.

Please note:

  • The TOEFL reporting number of the Admissions Office of the University of Amsterdam is 9011. Students will need to enter this code on their examination answer sheets.
  • See the TOEFL website for more information about the test and testing locations. 


Cambridge International Examinations

Prospective students taking one of the Cambridge International Examinations must achieve the following results:

  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): scores A and B+
  • Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): scores A, B and C

See the website below for more information and for a listing of authorised Cambridge examination centres.

Cambridge International Examinations


Students taking the IELTS test should have a minimum score of 6.5. See the IELTS website for more information and for the addresses of IELTS test centres.