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Bachelor English Language and Culture

English language proficiency

All students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and write papers in English. It is therefore essential that students have a good command of the English language, which must be supported by a sufficient score on an English language test.

English test scores

Non-native speakers of English are required to submit a valid English test score which is not more than 2 years old.

  • TOEFL Internet-based test: minimum total score 92; minimum score on each component 22
  • IELTS test: minimum score 6.5, with at least 6 for each individual test component
  • Cambridge International Examinations: minimum scores 170, C (CAE/C1 Advanced), C (CPE/C2 Proficiency)

Students are strongly encouraged to make early preparations for the test. Please refer to the contact details of test centers below. In case of insufficient scores, applicants can do a re-sit as long as deadlines are respected. Without sufficient test scores, you do not meet our admission requirements.



Cambridge English Test


The following applicants are exempted from the English test:

  • Applicants who have obtained their diploma/degree, if taught in English, in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada (with the exception of Québec), New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
  • Applicants with 3 GCE A-levels and 3 GCSE O-levels.
  • Applicants with the course English included in their final examination in one of the diplomas listed below.

Exempted diplomas for the English language test

If English was part of your final exam of one of the following diplomas, you are exempted from taking an English language test:

  • Dutch VWO
  • Belgian ASO (in the Flemish-speaking part of Belgium)
  • German Abitur
  • Norwegian Vitnemal
  • Swedish Slutbetyg
  • Finnish Ylioppilastuskintotodistus
  • Danish Studentereksamenbevis
  • Austrian Reifezeugnis
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Estonian Gumnaasiumi Ioputunnistus
  • Hungarian Matura Gimnaziumi Erettsegi Bizonyitvany
  • Latvian Atestats par Visparejo Videjo Izglitibu
  • Lithuanian Brandos Atestata
  • Luxembourg Diploma de Fin d’Etudes Secondaires
  • Romanian Diploma de Bacalaureat
  • Slovakian Vysvedcenie o Maturitnej skuske obtained at a Gymnazium
  • Dutch four-year HBO degree diploma
  • HBO-propedeuse (non-EU students are not exempted)
  • European Baccalaureate (L1 or L2 with a 6.0 minimum)