Diploma equivalents

United States of America / Advanced Placement Exams

The USA High School diploma is equivalent to the Dutch vwo-diploma only in combination with at least 4 College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams with a 3, 4 or 5 grade.  Below is the overview of which APs we require for the specific subjects. 

  • Mathematics requirement: AP Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC
  • Physics requirement: AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism or AP Physics C: Mechanics
  • Chemistry requirement: AP Chemistry
  • Biology requirement: AP Biology

We do not accept SAT scores from the College Board. A succesfully completed US High School diploma is required before the start of the academic year.

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.

documents required for application and enrolment

In all cases please upload copies of your provisional High School Transcript. The University of Twente is aware of the fact that the AP-exams are announced after the application deadlines. You can always make an application without the final results, please upload your most recent transcript of records. Also a document of the achieved AP exams and the AP exams you did not complete yet. The exam results of students who have taken Advanced Placement exams at a high school must be sent directly from the College Board to the University of Twente, in addition to the official transcript.

For enrolment we need certified photocopies, the University of Twente understands that the final AP exam results cannot be provided before the deadline. Therefore we will need certified photocopies of the provisional results certificates before the start of the academic year and also the official College Board AP exam results send to us directly from the College Board. Be aware that we still need certified photocopies of the final certificates (deadline is 1 May 2020)

English Language requirement

You have had English as an exam subject and you studied the last three years of your secondary education in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada (English speaking part), Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States of America. An AP is not required for the subject English. If you cannot meet the English language requirement you have to make an additional test as mentioned on the website. 

Not the required subject or grade?

If you do not have the required subject or the required grade you can do an additional test(s). The University of Twente only accepts certificates from CCVX, James Boswell or the Dutch so called 'Officieel Staatsexamen'. The test must be passed with a 6 or higher and have to be taken before the start of the academic year (1 September).

For the social sciences Bachelor's programmes we require VWO Mathematics A. For the technical Bachelor's programme 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. 

Overview of the admission requirement

Please know that you can apply even though you have not yet completed your secondary education  

Advanced Technology
  • Mathematics: AP Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC
  • Physics: AP Physics C Electricity and Magnetism or AP Physics C Mechanics
  • Chemistry AP
  • English
Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics AP Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC
  • English
Applied Physics
  • Mathematics: AP Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC
  • Physics: AP Physics C Electricity and Magnetism or AP Physics C Mechanics
  • English
  • Dutch
Biomedical Engineering
  • Mathematics: AP Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC
  • Physics: AP Physics C Electricity and Magnetism or AP Physics C Mechanics
  • English
  • Dutch
Business & IT
  • Mathematics AP Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC
  • English
Chemical Engineering
  • Mathematics: AP Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC
  • Physics: AP Physics C Electricity and Magnetism or AP Physics C Mechanics
  • Chemistry AP
  • English
Civil Engineering
  • Mathematics: AP Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC
  • Physics: AP Physics C Electricity and Magnetism or AP Physics C Mechanics
  • English
Computer Science & Engineering
  • Mathematics AP Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC
  • English
Communication Science
  • Mathematics AP Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC
  • English
Creative Technology
  • Mathematics AP Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC
  • English
Electrical Engineering
  • Mathematics: AP Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC
  • Physics: AP Physics C Electricity and Magnetism or AP Physics C Mechanics
  • English
European Public Administration
  • Mathematics AP Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC
  • English
Health Sciences
  • Mathematics AP Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC
  • English 
  • Dutch
Industrial Design
  • Mathematics: AP Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC
  • Physics: AP Physics C Electricity and Magnetism or AP Physics C Mechanics
  • English
Industrial Engineering & Management
  • Mathematics AP Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC
  • English
International Business Administration
  • Mathematics AP Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC
  • English
Psychology
  • Mathematics AP Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC
  • English
Technical Medicine
  • Mathematics: AP Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC
  • Physics: AP Physics C Electricity and Magnetism or AP Physics C Mechanics
  • Chemistry AP
  • Biology AP
  • English
  • Dutch
Technology and Liberal Arts & Sciences (ATLAS)

University College Twente (UCT) is the International Honours College of the University of Twente, ATLAS for short.

Please see the admission requirements on the ATLAS website

Chat offline (info)