Language requirements for bachelor's programmes

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Are you going to study a Dutch or English bachelor's? Make sure you meet the language requirements of the study in time.

Find out what language requirements apply and what certificates you may need to provide.

Dutch language requirements

The University of Twente has several Dutch-taught bachelor’s programmes. In addition to the English language requirement, these programmes also have a Dutch language requirement. Note that you have to meet the Dutch language requirement before the application deadlineTherefore, make sure to do the test in advance, as it will take time for you to get the official certificate.

  • The requirement of Dutch-taught bachelor's programme

    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. 

English language requirements

Success in your studies requires a high level of English proficiency. Therefore, prospective bachelor's students with an international degree must meet the English language requirement.

Make sure you have obtained a valid English test result before the application deadlineIf your application is accompanied by a language test score report with a test date after our deadline, we will not process it. Therefore, make sure to do the test in advance, as it will take time for you to get the official certificate.

As proof that you meet this requirement, you will be asked in the application procedure to upload one of the requested language certificates below. Only these internationally recognised test results are accepted. Without a valid certificate, your application cannot be processed.  

  • IELTS (academic) certificate, not older than two years, with an overall band score of at least 6.0, and a minimum score on each section of at least 5.5. The IELTS Online test and IELTS Indicator test are not accepted by the University of Twente.
  • TOEFL iBT (internet-based) certificate, not older than two years, with an overall score of 80, and a minimum score on each section of at least 18. Please note that the University of Twente does not accept the MyBest scores of the TOEFL test. An alternative English test can be the TOEFL iBT (Special) Home Edition test. This test is valid for February 2023, September 2023, and February 2024 intake.
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced, formerly known as; Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) from 2015 onwards (when the subscores were introduced). Obtained with an overall score of at least 169 and a minimum score on each section of at least 162. The Cambridge online test is not accepted by the University of Twente.
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency, formerly known as; Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) from 2015 onwards (when the subscores were introduced). Obtained an A, B or C grade, with an overall score of at least 169 and a minimum score on each section of at least 162. The Cambridge online test is not accepted by the University of Twente.

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

KEEP IN MIND

Exemptions

You are exempted from the English language requirement if:

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