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Dutch proficiency requirements

If our Bachelor's and Master's programs are taught in Dutch, a good verbal and written command of this language is essential. Therefore all non-Dutch applicants who apply for a Dutch-taught Bachelor's or Master's program must provide proof of their Dutch language proficiency.

Eligible diplomas and language certificates

To be admitted to a Dutch-taught Bachelor's or Master's program, we require one of the following diplomas or Dutch language certificates:

  • Dutch pre-university diploma (VWO) with Dutch as exam subject
  • Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs (Belgium), richting Algemeen Secundair Onderwijs
  • Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife, which includes Dutch up to and including the last year of high school education (Abiturfach)
  • Certificaat Nederlands als Vreemde TaalEducatief Startbekwaam (CNaVT-ES)
    The CNaVT exams can be taken worldwide.
  • Certificaat Nederlands als Vreemde Taal, Educatief Professioneel (CNaVT-EP)
    The CNaVT exams can be taken worldwide.
  • Staatsexamen Nederlands als Tweede Taal, programma II (NT2)
    The State Exams Dutch as a Second Language (Nt2) can only be officially taken at DUO at one of the examination locations in the Netherlands.