General admission requirements

HAVO-equivalent secondary school diploma
One of the general admission requirements for all our 4-year Bachelor study programmes is a secondary school diploma, which is equivalent to the Dutch HAVO diploma. Examples of equivalent levels are the International Baccalaureate diploma or certain A-Levels. Your diploma will be evaluated after VHL University of Applied Sciences (VHL) has received your complete application.

For more information about the Dutch evaluation of your secondary school diploma, please see the Nuffic diploma recognition.

Language proficiency


All international students must provide proof of their English proficiency by submitting one of the following documents:

  • IELTS Academic test with overall band score of 6.0 and no sub-scores below 5.0;
  • TOEFL iBT with a score of 80 or above (test to be taken in an examination centre)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): pass at grade C or above
  • Cambridge First Certificate (CFE): pass at grade B/C or above

Please note that tests results older than two years cannot be accepted.

The following students are exempt from providing proof of their English language proficiency:

  • Applicants with a sufficient Dutch diploma
  • Applicants from Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Norway, Romania, Slovakia and Sweden who have obtained one of the following diplomas, including a final examination in English
  • Applicants with an International Baccalaureate with a final examination in English A Language and Literature
  • Applicants who have completed at least three years of English-taught education, including a final examination in English in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada (English-speaking areas), Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, South Africa, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America (English-speaking areas), Zimbabwe

If you do not meet the admission requirements or you are not sure whether you do, please contact [email protected] for more information.