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Language requirements Bachelor's programmes

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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 for academic year 2020-2021

We acknowledge the difficulties experienced worldwide in taking the compulsory language test, due to the Covid-19 situation. An alternative English test can be the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test (online test, available everywhere that TOEFL iBT testing is normally available, with the exception of Mainland China and Iran) or the TOEFL ITP Plus for China. Both are accepted by UT.

Please note that the only online English language test that is accepted at UT is the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and is only applicable to prospective international students, whose enrollment starts during the academic year 2020-2021. Other online English language tests (i.e. IELTS Indicator test, Cambridge online test, etc.) will not be accepted(!)

Deferring your application? You will need to submit a regular English test when deferring to September 2021 or a later intake moment, as the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and the TOEFL ITP Plus for China Solution are only valid for the 2020-2021 academic year.

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 - With an overall score of 6.0 and certificates older than two years are not considered for admission.
  • TOEFL (internet-based) - With an overall score of 80, certificates older than two years are not considered for admission.
  • Cambridge CAE or Cambridge CPE (both 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.

Exemptions

You are exempted from the English language requirements if:

  • 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.

Please note that if you are from an English-speaking country in Africa, you will have to take one of the English language tests as mentioned above.

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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