Admission requirements Bachelor's programmes

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Are you a prospective student holding a foreign secondary school diploma equivalent to the Dutch vwo-diploma?

The University of Twente closely reviews all applications individually due to their distinctive nature. Therefore, the only way to determine admissibility is by submitting an official application for enrolment via Studielink and providing all required documentation in Osiris. After you have done so, you will be informed about your admissibility as soon as possible via email. These admission requirements are valid for the September 2022 intake.

Note: the admission office reserves the right to make the final decision regarding the admissibility of your application. The admission requirements mentioned are for your information only.

Still need to graduate?

You can always apply even when you still have to graduate. Please be aware that you need to be graduated before the start of the academic year.

Type of education

Higher education in the Netherlands
In the Netherlands, we distinguish between two types of higher education:

  1. Research-oriented higher education (wetenschappelijk onderwijs or WO in Dutch)
  2. Higher professional education (hoger beroepsonderwijs or HBO in Dutch)

Research-oriented education
Research-oriented education is traditionally offered by research universities, such as the University of Twente. The programmes at research universities focus on theoretical aspects of the field of study and prepare students for undertaking independent research. These lead to a so-called WO bachelor’s or WO master’s degree. It is also possible to pursue a PhD degree at a research university.

Higher professional education
Higher professional education is offered by universities of applied sciences. The programmes at universities of applied sciences prepare students for particular professions and tend to be more practically oriented. They lead to either a so-called HBO bachelor’s or HBO master’s degree.

Direct access to a bachelor’s degree at a research university
Your prior education will need to correspond with the pre-university level of a Dutch VWO diploma, to be granted direct access to a bachelor’s degree at a research university. However, if your prior education level is not equivalent to the Dutch VWO, you may still be admissible to a university of applied sciences which also provides higher education. Here you can find out more about the education system of the Netherlands.

Not admissible?

Students with a secondary education, which is not equivalent to Dutch pre-university education (called ‘VWO’ in Dutch), cannot be admitted directly. 

You can become eligible for admission if you successfully complete the Twente Pathway College International Foundation Year - Navitas. Navitas offers a Twente Pathway College International Foundation Year for prospective students of the University of Twente who do not meet the entry requirements. If you believe this option offers you the opportunities you are looking for, please go here to apply.

Alternatively, you can complete a bachelor’s degree in a country outside the Netherlands and apply for a master’s programme afterwards, please see the master’s admission requirements. Last, you can apply for a bachelor’s degree at a University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands and apply for a master’s programme afterwards, please see the master’s admission requirements.

Not the required grade, subject or level?

If you do not have the required grade, subject or level, you can do an additional test(s). The University of Twente only accepts certificates from CCVX, James Boswell-Bèta (UT accepts the online and physically test from James Boswell-Bèta) or the Dutch so-called 'Staatsexamen'. The test must be passed with a positive result and should be taken before the deadline.

Please submit your application to the University of Twente before you make a reservation for one of the tests. The University of Twente assesses on individual bases whether or not you are eligible for such a test and inform you via email after a submitted application.

For the social sciences bachelor's programmes, we require VWO Mathematics A. For the technical bachelor's programmes, we require VWO Mathematics B. For the subjects Physics, Chemistry and/or Biology you have to take the VWO Level, there are no sublevels like Mathematics. 

Transfer credits to the University of Twente

It is possible to switch to the University of Twente from another institution in the Netherlands or abroad, as long as you meet the admission requirements. This does not mean that all the courses you have already passed will automatically lead to exemptions towards your degree at the University of Twente. When you are admitted to the bachelor’s programme of your choice, you will have to apply for exemptions. It will be up to the programme committee to decide if you can obtain exemptions. However, in all cases, you will start in the first year of the bachelor’s programme.

Documents required for application

Depending on the secondary education, we require different documents for your application, you can find this information by selecting one of the countries below. If there is nothing mentioned, you only have to upload the document requested within your questionnaire. In all cases, you can use our general examples of the requested documents.

Country list

The University of Twente decides if a student is admissible based on the diplomas which are obtained or will be obtained before 1 September of the year you want to start your bachelor’s degree. These diplomas have to be officially recognized and accredited in the specific country and a certificate / diploma should be awarded after completion.

Diploma not mentioned?

If your diploma is not mentioned or if you are in possession of a combination of diplomas we advise you to apply. 

  • Afghanistan

    Students with a secondary education diploma from this country cannot be admitted directly because the level is not equivalent to Dutch pre-university education (called ‘VWO’ in Dutch). Please see further information about the Dutch educational system and routes if you are not directly admissible.

  • Albania

    DIPLOMA required for admission

    Dëftesë Pjekurie (Matura) with the mandatory national exam subject Mathematics. Depending on the bachelor’s programme of your choice physics, chemistry and / or biology is also required. 

    Documents required for application

    • If you have passed your secondary education, please upload your diploma and official final transcript of records in the original language and officially translated into English or Dutch. 
    • If you still have to pass, please upload your most recent transcript of records in the original language and translated into English or Dutch. Make sure the transcript of records mentions the subjects in your final year. In addition, upload a document explaining which subject you will take for your national Matura exam.

    Language requirement

    Albania is not one of the countries with a language exemption, please see our language requirements for how to meet this requirement.

  • Argentina

    Students with a secondary education diploma from this country cannot be admitted directly because the level is not equivalent to Dutch pre-university education (called ‘VWO’ in Dutch). Please see further information about the Dutch educational system and routes if you are not directly admissible.

  • Australia

    DIPLOMA required for admission

    Higher School Certificate / Queensland Certificate of Education / South Australian Certificate of Education / Qualifications Certificate or Tasmanian Certificate of Education / Victorian Certificate of Education / Western Australian Certificate of Education / ACT Year 12 Certificate / Northern Territory Certificate of Education in combination with an ATAR score exceeding 85 or an OP below 8.

  • Austria

    DIPLOMA required for admission

    Reifezeugnis or Reifeprüfungszeugnis awarded by an Allgemeinbildende Höhere Schule with the mandatory national exam subject mathematics. Depending on the bachelor’s programme of your choice physics, chemistry and / or biology is also required. At least one of the subjects (physics or chemistry) has to be obtained on the national exam, the other subject has to be followed up until the final year if both subjects are required for the bachelor’s programme of your choice.

    Documents required for application

    • If you have passed your secondary education, please upload your diploma and official final transcript of records in the original language and officially translated into English or Dutch. 
    • If you still have to pass, please upload your most recent transcript of records in the original language and officially translated into English or Dutch. Make sure the transcript of records mentions the subjects in your final year. In addition, upload a document explaining which subject you will take on your national exam.

    Language requirement

    When English is followed as an exam subject on the national exam students are exempted from the English language requirement. If not, please see our language requirements for how to meet this requirement.

  • Azerbaijan

    Students with a secondary education diploma from this country cannot be admitted directly because the level is not equivalent to Dutch pre-university education (called ‘VWO’ in Dutch). Please see further information about the Dutch educational system and routes if you are not directly admissible.

  • Bangladesh

    Students with a secondary education diploma from this country cannot be admitted directly because the level is not equivalent to Dutch pre-university education (called ‘VWO’ in Dutch). Please see further information about the Dutch educational system and routes if you are not directly admissible.

  • Belarus

    Students with a secondary education diploma from this country cannot be admitted directly because the level is not equivalent to Dutch pre-university education (called ‘VWO’ in Dutch). Please see further information about the Dutch educational system and routes if you are not directly admissible.

  • Belgium

    DIPLOMA required for admission

    • Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs, richting Algemeen Secundair Onderwijs (ASO)
    • Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur, enseignement general

    Both diplomas with the mandatory subject mathematics. Depending on the bachelor's programme of your choice physics, chemistry and / or biology is also required. 

    Language requirement

    When English is followed as an exam subject on ASO students are exempted from the English language requirement. If not or students with the Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur, please see our language requirements on how to meet this requirement.

  • Bosnia Herzegovina

    DIPLOMA required for admission

    • Diploma o položenom maturskom ispitu (RS) obtained at a gimnazijum.
    • Diploma o završenoj srednjoj školi or Diploma o završenoj gimnaziji obtained at a gimnazijum.

    Both diplomas with the mandatory subject mathematics on the Matura. Depending on the bachelor’s programme of your choice physics, chemistry and / or biology is also required as Matura exam.

    Documents required for application

    • If you have passed your secondary education, please upload your diploma and official final transcript of records in the original language and officially translated into English or Dutch. 
    • If you still have to pass, please upload your most recent transcript of records in the original language and officially translated into English or Dutch. Make sure the transcript of records mentions the subjects in your final year. In addition, upload a document explaining which subject you will be taking on your national exam.  

    Language requirement

    Bosnia Herzegovina is not one of the countries with a language exemption, please see our language requirements for how to meet this requirement.

  • Brazil

    Students with a secondary education diploma from this country cannot be admitted directly because the level is not equivalent to Dutch pre-university education (called ‘VWO’ in Dutch). Please see further information about the Dutch educational system and routes if you are not directly admissible.

  • Bulgaria

    DIPLOMA REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION

    Students graduating from 2022 onwards
    Diploma Za Sredno Obrazovanie:

    • Mathematics as a compulsory subject in year 11 and year 12 and mathematics as Matura exam (grade 3 - 6). Additionally, for the technical bachelor’s programmes, mathematics is also required as an (elective) profile subject in year 11 and year 12.

    Depending on  the bachelor’s programme of your choice:

    • Physics as an (elective) profiled subject in year 11 and year 12 and physics as Matura exam* (grade 3 - 6).
    • Chemistry as an (elective) profiled subject in year 11 and year 12 and chemistry as Matura exam* (grade 3 - 6).
    • Biology as an (elective) profiled subject in year 11 and year 12 and biology as Matura exam* (grade 3 - 6).

    * If the bachelor’s programme of your choice requires two or more of the above-mentioned subjects (physics, chemistry, biology), taking only one of those subjects as a Matura exam (grade 3 – 6) suffices.

    Student graduated before 2022
    Diploma Za Sredno Obrazovanie (academic stream) with at least 350 hours of mathematics as Compulsory Training. In addition, mathematics as Matura exam (grade 3 - 6). Depending on the bachelor's programme of your choice:

    • physics as Matura exam (grade 3 - 6)
    • chemistry and / or biology is required up until the final year.

    DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR APPLICATION

    • If you have passed your secondary education, please upload your diploma and official final transcript of records in the original language and officially translated into English or Dutch. 
    • If you still have to pass, please upload your most recent transcript of records in the original language and officially translated into English or Dutch. Make sure the transcript of records mentions the (elective) profile subjects in year 11 and year 12. In addition, please upload a document in which you mention the State Matriculation Exams you will take.

    LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT

    Bulgaria is not one of the countries with a language exemption, please see our language requirements for how to meet this requirement.

  • Canada

    Students with a secondary education diploma from this country cannot be admitted directly because the level is not equivalent to Dutch pre-university education (called ‘VWO’ in Dutch). Please see further information about the Dutch educational system and routes if you are not directly admissible.

  • China

    DIPLOMA required for admission

    Senior middle / high school graduation certificate (Gaozhong) with a Gaokao certificate. Our bachelor programme’s may require varying minimum Gaokao score requirements. The minimum requirement may also differ based on the province where you took the Gaokao, we require tier 2 or higher. The Gaokao Science is required for the technical bachelor’s programmes, where both Gaokao streams are sufficient for the non-technical bachelor’s programmes.

    Documents required for application

    • If you have passed your secondary education please upload your diploma, official final transcript of records and Gaokao certificate in the original language and all documents officially translated into English or Dutch. 
    • If you still have to pass, please upload your most recent transcript of records in the original language and officially translated into English or Dutch. Make sure the transcript of records mentions the subjects in your final year. In addition, upload a statement which Gaokao (Science / Humanities) you will take with the exam subjects mentioned.

    Language requirement

    China is not one of the countries with a language exemption, please see our language requirements for how to meet this requirement.

  • Colombia

    Students with a secondary education diploma from this country cannot be admitted directly because the level is not equivalent to Dutch pre-university education (called ‘VWO’ in Dutch). Please see further information about the Dutch educational system and routes if you are not directly admissible.

  • Croatia

    DIPLOMA required for admission

    Svjedodžba o državnoj maturi obtained after studies at a Gymnazija with the mandatory national exam subject mathematics on Higher (A-) Level obtained with at least a 2 score. Depending on the bachelor’s programme of your choice physics, chemistry and / or biology is also required as national exam subject on Higher (A-) Level obtained with at least a 2 score. 

    Documents required for application

    • If you have passed your secondary education, please upload your diploma and official final transcript of records in the original language and officially translated into English or Dutch. 
    • If you still have to pass, please upload your most recent transcript of records in the original language and officially translated into English or Dutch. Make sure the transcript of records mentions the subjects in your final year. In addition, please upload a document stating which subjects you will take on your Matriculation / National Exams with the corresponding level.

    Language requirement

    Croatia is not one of the countries with a language exemption, please see our language requirements for how to meet this requirement.

  • Cyprus

    DIPLOMA required for admission

    Apolytírio Lykeíou with the mandatory exam subject mathematics. Depending on the bachelor’s programme of your choice physics, chemistry and / or biology is also required. 

    • The overall grade average must be ≥ 15 / 20.
    • A final grade of  ≥ 15 / 20 for each of the required subject(s).
    • With one of the following streams: ‘Humanities’, ‘Foreign languages and European Studies’, ‘Science, Biomedical Sciences, Information Technology and Technology’ or ‘Economics’.

    The University of Twente only accept students from private schools who have school type ‘same’. A student with private school types ‘similar’ will only be admissible based on GCE A-Levels or the International Baccalaureate.

    The mathematics admission requirements for the bachelor’s programme are depending on the stream. Mathematics for stream 3 and stream 4 is required for the technical bachelor’s programmes. If you want to follow a programme where physics and / or chemistry is required, stream 4 is mandatory. When you do not have the correct stream, you need to do additional testing on the missing subject(s).

    Documents required for application

    • If you have passed your secondary education, please upload your diploma including official final transcript of records in the original language and officially translated into English or Dutch. 
    • If you still have to pass, please upload your most recent transcript of records in the original language and officially translated into English or Dutch. Make sure the transcript of records mentions the subjects in your final year. In addition, please mention which stream/specialization you are following; ‘Humanities’, ‘Foreign languages and European Studies’, ‘Science, biomedical sciences, information technology and technology’ or ‘Economics’. Also, please explain which optional subjects you have chosen for your final year.

    Language requirement

    Cyprus is not one of the countries with a language exemption, please see our language requirements for how to meet this requirement.

  • Czechia

    DIPLOMA required for admission

    Vysvědčení o maturitní zkoušce obatined at a Gymnázium with the mandatory national exam subject mathematics. Depending on the bachelor’s programme of your choice physics, chemistry and / or biology is also required. 

    Documents required for application

    • If you have passed your secondary education, please upload your diploma including official final transcript of records in the original language and officially translated into English or Dutch. 
    • If you still have to pass, please upload your most recent transcript of records in the original language and officially translated into English or Dutch. Make sure the transcript of records mentions the subjects in your final year. In addition, upload a document mentioning the subjects you will take for your national exam.

    Language requirement

    The Czech Republic is not one of the countries with a language exemption, please see our language requirements for how to meet this requirement.

  • Denmark

    DIPLOMA required for admission

    • Studentereksamenbevis (STX)
    • Bevis for Højere Forberedelseseksamen (HF)  

    Both diplomas with the mandatory exam subject mathematics. Depending on the bachelor's programme of your choice physics, chemistry and / or biology is also required. 

    Language requirement

    When English is followed as an exam subject on STX, or HF students are exempted from the English language requirement. If not, please see our language requirements for how to meet this requirement.

  • Ecuador

    Students with a secondary education diploma from this country cannot be admitted directly because the level is not equivalent to Dutch pre-university education (called ‘VWO’ in Dutch). Please see further information about the Dutch educational system and routes if you are not directly admissible.

  • Egypt

    Students with a secondary education diploma from this country cannot be admitted directly because the level is not equivalent to Dutch pre-university education (called ‘VWO’ in Dutch). Please see further information about the Dutch educational system and routes if you are not directly admissible.

  • England

    For the requirements concerning England, see the GCSE & GCE A2-Level admission requirements website.  

  • Estonia

    DIPLOMA required for admission

    Gümnaasiumi Lõputunnistus and Riigieksamitunnistus with the mandatory national exam subject mathematics. Depending on the bachelor's programme of your choice physics, chemistry and / or biology is required up until the final year.

    Where mathematics is required on Middle (B) Level for the social bachelor’s programmes, where mathematics on Upper (A) Level is required for the technical bachelor’s programmes. If physics is required, this should be examined on Upper (A) Level as well.

    The required school exams should be obtained with a minimum score of 3 / 5.
    The required national exams should be obtained with a minimum score of 50%.

    Documents required for application

    • If you have passed your secondary education, please upload your diploma and official final transcript of records in the original language and officially translated into English or Dutch. 
    • If you still have to pass, please upload your most recent transcript of records in the original language and translated into English or Dutch. Make sure the transcript of records mentions the subjects in your final year and the corresponding levels. In addition, upload a statement explaining which subject you will take for your national Matura exam and corresponding levels.

    Language requirement

    When English is followed as an exam subject on the national exam students and obtained with a 75% score, you are exempted from the English language requirement. If not, please see our language requirements for how to meet this requirement.

  • Ethiopia

    Students with a secondary education diploma from this country cannot be admitted directly because the level is not equivalent to Dutch pre-university education (called ‘VWO’ in Dutch). Please see further information about the Dutch educational system and routes if you are not directly admissible.

  • Finland

    DIPLOMA required for admission

    Ylioppilastuskintotodistus / Studentexamenbevis with the mandatory national matura exam subject mathematics. Depending on the bachelor's programme of your choice physics, chemistry and / or biology is also required. The required exam subjects should be obtained with a minimum score of 3 / 7.

    Documents required for application

    • If you have passed your secondary education, please upload your diploma and official final transcript of records in the original language and officially translated into English or Dutch. 
    • If you still have to pass, please upload your most recent transcript of records in the original language and translated into English or Dutch. Make sure the transcript of records mentions the subjects in your final year. In addition, upload a statement explaining which subject you will take for your national Matura exam.

    Language requirement

    When English is followed as a national matura exam subject on the national exam students are exempted from the English language requirement. If not, please see our language requirements for how to meet this requirement.

  • France

    DIPLOMA required for admission

    Students graduated from 2021 onwards
    Baccalauréat Général with the mandatory subject mathematics in the ‘premiere’ year. In addition, the subject mathematics in the ‘terminale’ year for the technical bachelor’s programmes. The subject mathematics as ‘Optionel Mathématique Complèmentaires’ for the social bachelor’s programmes. Depending on the bachelor's programme of your choice physics, chemistry and / or biology is also required. 

    Student graduated before 2021
    Baccalauréat Général with the mandatory exam subject mathematics. Mathematics on Stream Science is required for the technical bachelor's programmes. Depending on the bachelor's programme of your choice physics, chemistry and / or biology is also required. 

    Language requirement

    Depending on the IOB version students are exempted from the English language requirement. Students who have no IOB version have to do an additional English language test, please see our language requirements on how to meet this requirement.

    Note

    Students who are following a French High School in Turkey can only be admissible if they receive the official French Baccalauréat Général diploma issued by the French government. The University of Twente will review if the High School is officially recognized by the French government, which are:

    • Lycée français Charles-de-Gaulle
    • Lycée français Pierre-Loti
    • École maternelle Petit Génie
    • La Petite École
  • Germany

    DIPLOMA REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION

    Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife with the mandatory subject mathematics up until the final year. Depending on the bachelor's programme of your choice physics, chemistry and / or biology is also required.

    Language requirement

    When English is followed as a subject in the final year students are exempted from the English language requirement. If not, please see our language requirements for how to meet this requirement.

  • Ghana

    Students with a secondary education diploma from this country cannot be admitted directly because the level is not equivalent to Dutch pre-university education (called ‘VWO’ in Dutch). Please see further information about the Dutch educational system and routes if you are not directly admissible.

  • Greece

    DIPLOMA required for admission

    Apolytirio (Genikou) Lykeiou with the mandatory exam subject mathematics. Depending on the bachelor's programme of your choice physics, chemistry and / or biology is also required. 

    • The overall grade average must be ≥ 15 / 20.
    • A final average grade of  ≥ 15 / 20 is required per subject(s).
    • With one of the following streams: Humanities / Science and Health Studies / Economics and Information Technology Stream.

    The mathematics admission requirements for the bachelor’s programme are depending on the stream. Mathematics followed in stream 2 and stream 3 is required for the technical bachelor’s programmes. If you want to follow a bachelor programme where physics and / or chemistry is required, stream 2 is mandatory. When you do not have the correct stream, you need to do additional testing on the missing subject(s).

    Language requirement

    Greece is not one of the countries with a language exemption, please see our language requirements for how to meet this requirement.

  • Hong Kong

    Students with a secondary education diploma from this country cannot be admitted directly because the level is not equivalent to Dutch pre-university education (called ‘VWO’ in Dutch). Please see further information about the Dutch educational system and routes if you are not directly admissible.

  • Hungary

    DIPLOMA required for admission

    Gimnáziumi Érettségi Bizonyítvány with the mandatory national matura exam subject mathematics. Depending on the bachelor's programme of your choice physics, chemistry and / or biology is also required. At least one of the subjects, if both subjects are required - Physics or Chemistry, has to be obtained in the national exam, the other subject has to be followed up until the final year.

    Documents required for application

    • If you have passed your secondary education, please upload your diploma and official final transcript of records in the original language and officially translated into English or Dutch. 
    • If you still have to pass, please upload your most recent transcript of records in the original language and officially translated into English or Dutch. Make sure the transcript of records mentions the subjects in your final year. In addition, please upload a statement stating which subjects you will take on your Matriculation / National Exams with the corresponding level.

    Language requirement

    When English is followed as an exam subject on the national exam students are exempted from the English language requirement. If not, please see our language requirements for how to meet this requirement.

  • India

    DIPLOMA required for admission

    • Standard XII diploma (academic stream): All Indian Senior School Certificate with marks ranging from A (A1, A2) or B (B1) in each of the required 5 subjects. The subjects: music vocal, work experience, physical education, physical & health education en general studies are excluded from the 5 subjects.
    • Standard XII diploma (academic stream): Indian School Certificate with an average of 75% overall and 75% in each of the required 5 subjects. The subjects: Music Vocal, Physical Education, Socially Useful Productive Work and Community Service studies are excluded from the 5 subjects.

    Both diplomas have the mandatory exam subject Mathematics. Depending on the Bachelor's programme of your choice Physics, Chemistry and/or Biology is also required.

    Language requirement

    India is not one of the countries with a language exemption, please see our language requirements for how to meet this requirement.

  • Indonesia

    DIPLOMA required for admission

    Sekolah Menengah Atas (SMA) in combination with Surat Keterangan Hasil Ujian Nasional (SKHUN)

    • Both certificates have a minimum average of 75%
    • For the required courses a final score of 75% on the SMA and SKHUN
      - Mathematics is always required
      - Depending on the programme of your choice also Physics, Chemistry and/or Biology

    Since 2020, the Surat Keterangan Hasil Ujian Nasional is not offered anymore. The University of Twente stands by the above-mentioned admission requirements, which means only students who graduated till 2020 are admissible. Students graduating since 2020 with a secondary education diploma from this country cannot be admitted directly because the level is not equivalent to Dutch pre-university education (called ‘VWO’ in Dutch). Please see further information about the Dutch educational system and routes if you are not directly admissible.

    Documents required for application

    • If you have passed your secondary education please upload your SMA and SKHUN certificate and transcript of records in the original language and translated in English or Dutch. 
    • If you still have to pass, please upload your most recent SMA transcript of records. And upload a document explaining if you are going to take the SKHUN and in which courses.

    Language requirement

    Indonesia is not one of the countries with a language exemption, please see our language requirements for how to meet this requirement.

  • Iran

    Students with a secondary education diploma from this country cannot be admitted directly because the level is not equivalent to Dutch pre-university education (called ‘VWO’ in Dutch). Please see further information about the Dutch educational system and routes if you are not directly admissible.

  • Iraq

    Students with a secondary education diploma from this country cannot be admitted directly because the level is not equivalent to Dutch pre-university education (called ‘VWO’ in Dutch). Please see further information about the Dutch educational system and routes if you are not directly admissible.

  • Ireland

    DIPLOMA required for admission

    • Leaving Certificate (at least 6 exam subjects of which at least 2 for the bachelor programme relevant subjects at a higher level with a result of A, B or C)
    • Leaving Certificate (at least 6 exam subjects of which at least 2 for the bachelor programme relevant subjects at a higher level with a result of H1-H4)

    Both diplomas with the mandatory exam subject Mathematics. Depending on the Bachelor's programme of your choice Physics, Chemistry and/or Biology is also required.

    Language requirement

    When English is followed as an exam subject and when education has been followed for 3 years in Ireland, students are exempted from the English language requirement. If not, please see our language requirements for how to meet this requirement. 

  • Israel

    DIPLOMA required for admission

    Matriculation Certificate, also known as: 'Te'udat Bagrut' or 'Bagrut' with the following admission requirements:

    • At least 21 units;
    • Mathematics as Unit 5 subject.

    Depending on the Bachelor's programme of your choice Physics, Chemistry and/or Biology is also required.  

    Language requirement

    Israel is not one of the countries with a language exemption, please see our language requirements for how to meet this requirement.

  • Italy

    DIPLOMA required for admission

    Diploma di Superamento dell’Esame di Stato Conclusivo dei Corsi di Istruzione Secondario Superiore awarded by an liceo classico / liceo scientifico / liceo linguistico / liceo scienze umane. With the mandatory exam subject Mathematics. Depending on the Bachelor's programme of your choice Physics, Chemistry and/or Biology is also required.

    Language requirement

    Italy is not one of the countries with a language exemption, please see our language requirements for how to meet this requirement.

  • Kazakhstan

    DIPLOMA required for admission

    Oрта білім туралы аттестат (Certificate of (Completed) Secondary Education) with at least 3 subjects on Higher Level. These Higher Level subjects must be taken for the Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools (NIS) Grade 12 Certificate obtained with an A, B or C score. Depending on the bachelor’s programme of your choice physics, chemistry and / or biology is also required. The University of Twente will check if the school is an official Nazarbayev Intellectual School (NIS).

    Language requirement

    Kazakhstan is not one of the countries with a language exemption, please see our language requirements for how to meet this requirement.

  • Kenya

    Students with a secondary education diploma from this country cannot be admitted directly because the level is not equivalent to Dutch pre-university education (called ‘VWO’ in Dutch). Please see further information about the Dutch educational system and routes if you are not directly admissible.

  • Latvia

    DIPLOMA required for admission

    Atestāts par vispārējo vidējo izglītību with the mandatory exam subject mathematics. Depending on the bachelor’s programme of your choice physics, chemistry and / or biology is also required. At least one of the subjects, if both subjects are required - physics and chemistry, has to be obtained in the national exam, the other subject has to be followed up until the final year. The state exam should be obtained with a minimum score of 5 for each of the required subject(s).

    Documents required for application

    • If you have passed your secondary education, please upload your diploma including official final transcript of records in the original language and officially translated into English or Dutch. 
    • If you still have to pass, please upload your most recent transcript of records in the original language and officially translated into English or Dutch. Make sure the transcript of records mentions the subjects in your final year. In addition, upload a document mentioning the subjects you will take for your national exam.

    Language requirement

    When English is followed as an exam subject and obtained on level C2, C1 or B2 on the national exam students are exempted from the English language requirement. If not, please see our language requirements for how to meet this requirement.

  • Lithuania

    DIPLOMA required for admission

    Brandos Atestatas with the mandatory exam subject mathematics. Depending on the bachelor’s programme of your choice physics, chemistry and / or biology is also required. At least one of the subjects, if both subjects are required - Physics and Chemistry, has to be obtained in the national exam, the other subject has to be followed up until the final year.

    Documents required for application

    • If you have passed your secondary education, please upload your diploma including official final transcript of records in the original language and officially translated into English or Dutch. 
    • If you still have to pass, please upload your most recent transcript of records in the original language and officially translated into English or Dutch. Make sure the transcript of records mentions the subjects in your final year. In addition, upload a document mentioning the subjects you will take for your national exam.

    Language requirement

    When English is followed as an exam subject on the national exam students are exempted from the English language requirement. If not, please see our language requirements for how to meet this requirement.

  • Luxembourg

    DIPLOMA required for admission

    Diplôme de fin d'études secondaires - academic stream (enseignement secondaire classique) or technical stream (enseignement secondaire général), with the mandatory subject mathematics as exam subject.  Depending on the bachelor’s programme of your choice physics, chemistry and / or biology is also required.

    Language requirement

    When English is followed as an exam subject students are exempted from the English language requirement. If not, please see our language requirements for how to meet this requirement.

  • Mexico

    Students with a secondary education diploma from this country cannot be admitted directly because the level is not equivalent to Dutch pre-university education (called ‘VWO’ in Dutch). Please see further information about the Dutch educational system and routes if you are not directly admissible.

  • Moldova

    DIPLOMA required for admission

    Diplomă de Bacalaureat (obtained after 2013) with the mandatory subject mathematics as national statement exam. Depending on the bachelor's programme of your choice physics, chemistry and / or biology is also required up until the national state exam.

    Documents required for application

    • If you have passed your secondary education, please upload your diploma including official final transcript of records in the original language and officially translated into English or Dutch. 
    • If you still have to pass, please upload your most recent transcript of records in the original language and officially translated into English or Dutch. Make sure the transcript of records mentions the subjects in your final year. In addition, upload a document mentioning the subjects you will take for your national exam.

    Language requirement

    Moldova is not one of the countries with a language exemption, please see our language requirements for how to meet this requirement.

  • Morocco

    Students with a secondary education diploma from this country cannot be admitted directly because the level is not equivalent to Dutch pre-university education (called ‘VWO’ in Dutch). Please see further information about the Dutch educational system and routes if you are not directly admissible.

  • Nepal

    Students with a secondary education diploma from this country cannot be admitted directly because the level is not equivalent to Dutch pre-university education (called ‘VWO’ in Dutch). Please see further information about the Dutch educational system and routes if you are not directly admissible.

  • New Zealand

    Under construction, will follow as soon as possible.

  • Nigeria

    Students with a secondary education diploma from this country cannot be admitted directly because the level is not equivalent to Dutch pre-university education (called ‘VWO’ in Dutch). Please see further information about the Dutch educational system and routes if you are not directly admissible.

  • North Macedonia

    DIPLOMA required for admission

    Diploma za položena državna matura / Diploma general secondary education (4 years) obtained at 'shkollë e mesme – gjimnaz' with the mandatory national exam subject mathematics. Depending on the bachelor’s programme of your choice physics, chemistry and/or biology is also required followed as national exam subject.

    Language requirement

    Macedonia is not one of the countries with a language exemption, please see our language requirements for how to meet this requirement.

  • Norway

    DIPLOMA required for admission

    Vitnemal for Videregaende Skole (Secondary School Certificate) with the additional requirements:

    • Norwegian (393 årstimer)
    • English (140 årstimer)
    • Mathematics (224 årstimer) up until Vg3, including the final exams
    • Natural Science (140 årstimer) up until Vg3, including the final exams (depending on the bachelor’s programme of your choice)
    • History (140 årstimer)
    • Social Sciences (84 årstimer)

    Having one of the general/academic programmes mentioned below:

    • Utdanningsprogram for studiespesialisering med programområder for realfag, formgivingsfag og språk, samfunnsfag og økonomi / Programme for Specialization in General Studies
    • Utdanningsprogram for idrettsfag / Programme for Sports and Physical Education
    • Utdanningsprogram for musikk, dans og drama / Programme for Music, Dance and Drama

     Language requirement

    When English is followed as an exam subject up until Vg3 students are exempted from the English language requirement. If not, please see our language requirements for how to meet this requirement.

  • Pakistan

    Students with a secondary education diploma from this country cannot be admitted directly because the level is not equivalent to Dutch pre-university education (called ‘VWO’ in Dutch). Please see further information about the Dutch educational system and routes if you are not directly admissible.

  • Peru

    Students with a secondary education diploma from this country cannot be admitted directly because the level is not equivalent to Dutch pre-university education (called ‘VWO’ in Dutch). Please see further information about the Dutch educational system and routes if you are not directly admissible.

  • Poland

    DIPLOMA required for admission

    Swiadectwo Ukonczenia Liceum Ogolnoksztalcacego (General Lyceum) always in combination with Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci Liceum Ogolnoksztalcacego (General Lyceum). With the mandatory national exam subject mathematics on advanced level. Depending on the bachelor's programme of your choice physics, chemistry and / or biology is also required as national exam subject(s) on advanded level.

    Documents required for application

    • If you have passed your secondary education, please upload your Swiadectwo Ukonczenia Liceum Ogolnoksztalcacego (General Lyceum) and Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci Liceum Ogolnoksztalcacego (General Lyceum) diploma in the original language and officially translated into English or Dutch. 
    • If you still have to pass, please upload your most recent transcript of records in the original language and officially translated into English or Dutch. Make sure the transcript of records mentions the subjects in your final year. In addition, upload a statement if you will pass the Swiadectwo Ukonczenia Liceum Ogolnoksztalcacego (General lyceum) AND Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci Liceum Ogolnoksztalcacego (General lyceum). In addition, explain which subjects on which level you will take for your Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci Liceum Ogolnoksztalcacego (General lyceum).

    Language requirement

    Poland is not one of the countries with a language exemption, please see our language requirements for how to meet this requirement.

  • Portugal

    Students with a secondary education diploma from this country cannot be admitted directly because the level is not equivalent to Dutch pre-university education (called ‘VWO’ in Dutch). Please see further information about the Dutch educational system and routes if you are not directly admissible.

  • Romania

    DIPLOMA required for admission

    Diploma de Bacalaureat (obtained after 2005) with the mandatory subject Mathematics as national exam subject. Depending on the bachelor’s programme of your choice physics, chemistry and / or biology is required up until the final year.

    Documents required for application

    • If you have passed your secondary education, please upload your diploma including official final transcript of records in the original language and officially translated into English or Dutch. 
    • If you still have to pass, please upload your most recent transcript of records in the original language and officially translated into English or Dutch. Make sure the transcript of records mentions the subjects in your final year. In addition, upload a document mentioning the subjects you will take for your national exam.

    Language requirement

    When English is followed as a national exam subject in the final year students are exempted from the English language requirement. If you have replaced the English national exam subject with one English language test, please indicate this within your application. If not, please see our language requirements for how to meet this requirement.

  • Russian Federation (Russia)

    Students with a secondary education diploma from this country cannot be admitted directly because the level is not equivalent to Dutch pre-university education (called ‘VWO’ in Dutch). Please see further information about the Dutch educational system and routes if you are not directly admissible.

  • Rwanda

    Students with a secondary education diploma from this country cannot be admitted directly because the level is not equivalent to Dutch pre-university education (called ‘VWO’ in Dutch). Please see further information about the Dutch educational system and routes if you are not directly admissible.

  • Serbia

    DIPLOMA required for admission

    Diploma o Stecenom Srednem Obrazovanju (Gymnazium) with the mandatory subject mathematics. Depending on the bachelor’s programme of your choice physics, chemistry and / or biology is also required up until the final year.

    Language requirement

    Serbia is not one of the countries with a language exemption, please see our language requirements for how to meet this requirement.

  • Singapore

    DIPLOMA required for admission

    Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'A' level in 5 different subjects in total:

    • 3x H2 content-based subjects
    • 1x H1 content-based subjects
    • General Paper/Knowledge and Inquiry

    With the mandatory exam subject mathematics. Depending on the bachelor's programme of your choice physics, chemistry and / or biology is also required.

    Language requirement

    Singapore is not one of the countries with a language exemption, please see our language requirements for how to meet this requirement.

  • Slovakia

    DIPLOMA required for admission

    Vysvedcenie o Maturitnej Skuske obtained at an Gymnazium with the mandatory exam subject mathematics. Depending on the bachelor's programme of your choice physics, chemistry and / or biology is also required.

    Documents required for application

    • If you have passed your secondary education, please upload your diploma including official final transcript of records in the original language and officially translated into English or Dutch. 
    • If you still have to pass, please upload your most recent transcript of records in the original language and officially translated into English or Dutch. Make sure the transcript of records mentions the subjects in your final year. In addition, upload a document mentioning the subjects you will take for your national exam.

    Language requirement

    Slovakia is not one of the countries with a language exemption, please see our language requirements for how to meet this requirement.

  • Slovenia

    DIPLOMA required for admission

    Splošna Matura (Gimnazija) with the mandatory subject mathematics. Depending on the bachelor's programme of your choice physics, chemistry and / or biology is also required.

    Documents required for application

    • If you have passed your secondary education, please upload your diploma including official final transcript of records in the original language and officially translated into English or Dutch. 
    • If you still have to pass, please upload your most recent transcript of records in the original language and officially translated into English or Dutch. Make sure the transcript of records mentions the subjects in your final year. In addition, upload a document mentioning the subjects you will take for your national exam.

    Language requirement

    Slovenia is not one of the countries with a language exemption, please see our language requirements for how to meet this requirement.

  • South Africa

    Students with a secondary education diploma from this country cannot be admitted directly because the level is not equivalent to Dutch pre-university education (called ‘VWO’ in Dutch). Please see further information about the Dutch educational system and routes if you are not directly admissible.

  • South Korea

    Students with a secondary education diploma from this country cannot be admitted directly because the level is not equivalent to Dutch pre-university education (called ‘VWO’ in Dutch). Please see further information about the Dutch educational system and routes if you are not directly admissible.

  • Spain

    DIPLOMA required for admission

    • Título de Bachiller
    • University Entrance Examination

    Both diplomas are always required in combination, with the mandatory exam subject Mathematics. Mathematics II is required for the technical bachelor's programmes, where Applied Mathematics for Social Sciences II is sufficient for the social bachelor's programmes. Depending on the bachelor’s programme of your choice physics, chemistry and / or biology is also required.

    Documents required for application

    • If you have passed your secondary education, please upload the following documents:
      • Graduation statement in the original language (Spanish) and officially translated into English.  
      • Diploma invoice in the original language (Spanish) and officially translated into English. 
      • Official final transcript of records (should contain both years of the Bachiller) in the original language (Spanish) and officially translated into English. 
      • University Entrance Exam certificate in the original language (Spanish) and officially translated into English. 
    • If you still have to pass, please upload your transcript of records of your first year Bachiller in the original language (Spanish) and officially translated into English. Upload your most recent transcript of records of your second year in the original language and officially translated into English. Make sure the transcript of records mentions the subjects in your final year. In addition, upload a statement with the subjects you will take for your fase obligatoria of the EBAU (or EVAU). The University of Twente needs to know if you are following Mathematics II or Applied Mathematics for Social Sciences II.

    Language requirement

    Spain is not one of the countries with a language exemption, please see our language requirements for how to meet this requirement.

  • Sweden

    DIPLOMA required for admission

    Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskolan with one of the following programmes with at least 2500 credits:

    • Naturvetenskapsprogrammet / Natural Science programme
    • Samhällsvetenskapliga programmet / Social science programme
    • Teknikprogrammet / Technology programme
    • Ekonomiprogrammet / Business Management and Economics programme
    • Humanistiska programmet / Humanities programme
    • Estetiska Programmet / Health and Social Care Programme

    For all programmes, there is a mandatory exam subject mathematics up until the final year. Depending on the bachelor's programme of your choice physics, chemistry and / or biology is also required.

    Language requirement

    Students are exempted when English is followed at 5, 6 or 7. If not, please see our language requirements for how to meet this requirement.

  • Switzerland

    DIPLOMA required for admission

    Maturity Certificate / Maturitätszeugnis / Maturitätsausweis / Certificat de Maturité with the mandatory examsubject mathematics. Depending on the bachelor's programme of your choice physics, chemistry and / or biology is also required.

    Language requirement

    Switzerland is not one of the countries with a language exemption, please see our language requirements for how to meet this requirement.

  • Taiwan

    Students with a secondary education diploma from this country cannot be admitted directly because the level is not equivalent to Dutch pre-university education (called ‘VWO’ in Dutch). Please see further information about the Dutch educational system and routes if you are not directly admissible.

  • Thailand

    Students with a secondary education diploma from this country cannot be admitted directly because the level is not equivalent to Dutch pre-university education (called ‘VWO’ in Dutch). Please see further information about the Dutch educational system and routes if you are not directly admissible.

  • Turkey

    Students with a secondary education diploma from this country cannot be admitted directly because the level is not equivalent to Dutch pre-university education (called ‘VWO’ in Dutch). Please see further information about the Dutch educational system and routes if you are not directly admissible.

    Note: Students who are following a French High School in Turkey can only be admissible if they receive the official French Baccalauréat Général diploma issued by the French government. The University of Twente will review if the High School is officially recognized by the French government, which are:

    • Lycée français Charles-de-Gaulle
    • Lycée français Pierre-Loti
    • École maternelle Petit Génie
    • La Petite École

    If the above-mentioned conditions are met please see the admission requirements for France.

  • Venezuela

    Students with a secondary education diploma from this country cannot be admitted directly because the level is not equivalent to Dutch pre-university education (called ‘VWO’ in Dutch). Please see further information about the Dutch educational system and routes if you are not directly admissible.

  • Vietnam

    DIPLOMA required for admission

    Bang Tot Nghiep Pho Thong Trung obtained at a High School for the Gifted (the University of Twente has her own list). With the following admission requirements:

    • A final year average of 75% for every year of the last three years.
    • A final average of 75% per required subject per year. Where mathematics is always required. Depending on the bachelor's programme of your choice; physics, chemistry and / or biology is / are also required.
    • A score of 75% for the required subject(s) on your national state exam.

    Documents required for application

    • If you have passed your secondary education, please upload the following documents:
    • Official final diploma in the original language and officially translated into English or Dutch. Your graduation statement, the document you receive before your official final diploma since we need to know the grades for the national state exams. Official final transcript of records in the original language and officially translated into English or Dutch. This should be a booklet containing the results of the past several years.
    • If you still have to pass, please upload your most recent transcript of records in the original language and officially translated into English or Dutch. Make sure the transcript of records mentions the subjects in your final year. In addition, upload a document mentioning the subjects you will take for your national exam.

    Language requirement

    Vietnam is not one of the countries with a language exemption, please see our language requirements for how to meet this requirement.

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