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All bachelor's programmes have an English and/or Dutch language requirement. Please note that you must comply with the language requirement before the application deadline

Online English tests during COVID-19

We acknowledge the difficulties experienced worldwide in taking the compulsory language test, due to the Covid-19 situation. Alternative English tests can be:

  • The TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test (valid for the September 2020 and February 2021 intake) an online test, available everywhere that TOEFL iBT testing is normally available, with the exception of Mainland China and Iran.
  • The TOEFL iBT Home Edition test (valid for the September 2020, February 2021, September 2021 and February 2022 intake), offered everywhere that TOEFL testing is normally available, with the exception of Mainland China and Iran.
  • Or the TOEFL ITP Plus for China (valid for the September 2020, February 2021, September 2021 and February 2022 intake). 

Please note that other online English language tests (i.e. IELTS Indicator test, Cambridge online test, etc.) will not be accepted(!) 

  • English language requirement

    International students or Dutch students with an international or foreign diploma applying for an English taught Bachelor's programme have to meet the English language requirements. Please note that you have to meet the English language requirement before the application deadline

    Students can meet the language requirements by one of the following documents as proof of their English language proficiency:

    • IELTS (academic) with an overall score of 6.0 and certificates, not older than two years.
    • TOEFL iBT (internet-based) with an overall score of 80 and certificates, not older than two years. Please note that the University of Twente does not accept the MyBest scores of the TOEFL test.
    • Cambridge C1 Advanced, formerly known as; Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) obtained with an A, B or C grade.
    • Cambridge C2 Proficiency, formerly known as; Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) obtained with an A, B or C grade.

    The language requirements for Bachelor's programme Technology and Liberal Arts & Sciences (ATLAS) programme of the University College Twente differ from the other Bachelor’s programme.

    Other requirements

    • Make sure you take the language test before the application deadline. If your application is accompanied by a language test score report with a test date after our application deadline, we will not process it.
    • The language requirement when applying for a scholarship may be different because scholarship providers may have a different requirement.
    • If you have studied in a former British or American colony, you must take one of the internationally recognised English language tests.
    Exemptions

    You are exempted from the English language requirement if you hold:

    • You have English as an exam subject and you have 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. 
    • You have English as an exam subject during your secondary education. This exemption is depending on your country, please check our country list to make sure if you must do the additional English language test or not.
  • Dutch language requirement

    There are four bachelor's programmes with a Dutch language requirement that depends on the programme of your choice.

    • Technical Medicine
    • Health Sciences
    • Biomedical Technology
    • Applied Physics

    Please note that you have to meet the Dutch language requirement before the application deadline

    Technical medicine & health sciences

    International students applying for a Dutch-taught bachelor's programme require one of the following documents as proof of their Dutch language proficiency:

    • Staatsexamen Nederlands als Tweede Taal (NT2), program II (Common European Framework Reference B2-C1)
    • Certificaat Nederlands als Vreemde Taal (CNaVT) with either Educatief Startbekwaam (ERK B2) or Educatief Professioneel (ERK C1)
    • Dutch as part of a secondary school examination equivalent to the Dutch VWO exam. 

    Biomedical technology & applied physics

    International students applying for a Dutch-taught Bachelor's programme require one of the following documents as proof of their Dutch language proficiency:

    • Staatsexamen Nederlands als Tweede Taal (NT2), program I (Common European Framework Reference B1-B2).
    • Certificaat Nederlands als Vreemde Taal (CNaVT), with either Profiel Educatief Startbekwaam (ERK B1) or Profiel Educatief Professioneel (ERK B2).
    • Dutch as part of a secondary school examination equivalent to the Dutch VWO exam. 
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