Find out about the qualifications and language requirements you need to enrol on your chosen degree at THUAS.
Entry requirements for each programme
You may need particular subjects in your high school or pre-university results, depending on your chosen degree. Part-time degrees (all taught in Dutch) might also ask for relevant work experience. Find out more about our programmes.
Do you have a Dutch diploma?
Do you have a Dutch senior general secondary education (HAVO), pre-university education (VWO), vocational education (MBO-4) diploma? You can enrol on our four-year bachelor’s programmes. With a VWO you can choose a three-year degree. HAVO or VWO diplomas from Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St. Eustatius or St. Maarten are treated as Dutch diplomas. Please check our programmes for specific information on mandatory subjects.
Do you have an international/non-Dutch diploma?
Our Enrolment Office will decide how your international diploma compares to a Dutch diploma. Be sure to check if your diploma is mentioned in the International Admission Leaflet if you want to find out which programmes you could consider. Please note that we cannot give admission statements via email – we will always need you to submit an enrolment request via Studielink.
You must also be proficient in the English language if the programme is taught in English, or in Dutch if the programme is taught in Dutch.
English language requirements
To enrol on a degree taught in English you must have sufficient command of the language. The Hague University of Applied Sciences only accepts the following language tests:
- IELTS Academic
- TOEFL iBT (not the ITP ) and TOEFL iBT Home Edition. We only accept single test day results
- Cambridge English (FCE/CAE/CPE)
The test date may not be older than two years on 1 September 2022.
•European Studies (4 years)
•International Business (4 years)
•International Financial Management and Control (4 years)
•International Public Management
•International and European Law
•Process and Food Technology (4 years)
•Safety and Security Management Studies
The minimum language test results are:
•IELTS: a minimum score of 6.0 overall
•TOEFL internet based test: a minimum score of 80
•TOEIC: a minimum score of 670 (listening and reading) and minimum score of 290 (speaking and writing)
•Cambridge English: a minimum score of 169 (and grade A, B or C)
•European Studies (3 years)
•International Business (3 years)
•International Communication Management
•Industrial Design Engineering
•International Financial Management and Control (3 years)
•International Sport Management
•Process and Food Technology (3 years)
•User Experience Design
The minimum language test results are:
•IELTS: a minimum of 6.0 overall and minimum of 6.0 for each sub score
•TOEFL internet based test: a minimum score of 80 and 20 for each sub score
•TOEIC: a minimum score of 670 for listening and reading, and minimum score of 290 for speaking and writing
•Cambridge English: a minimum score of 169 (and grade A, B or C) and minimum of 169 for each sub score
Please ask your TOEFL test centre to let us know your scores. Our institution code is 7042.
You won’t need to prove your command of the English language if you’ve been educated in the Netherlands, UK, Ireland, United States, Canada (except for Quebec), Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, or Malta and if you have one of these diplomas with English as an exam subject.
If you completed your prior education in a country other than those listed above, or your diploma is not mentioned in the list mentioned above, you might still qualify for an exemption. For example, if you have an American or International High School Diploma or a European (L1 or L2 level) or International Baccalaureate. Please note that if your diploma was issued within one of these education systems, but schooling took place in a non-English speaking country, we reserve the right to ask you to submit a language test.
Dutch language requirements
If you’re enrolling on a Dutch-taught programme with your foreign diploma, you’ll need to show us that your Dutch is up to scratch. Take the Dutch as a Second Language, Programme II (NT2-II) state exam, which includes reading, speaking, writing and listening.
THUAS also accepts CNaVT certificates ‘Educatief startbekwaam’ en ‘Educatief professioneel’. The CNaVT certificate may not be older than 2 years on 1 September 2022. More information can be found on the CNaVT website.
Options if you don’t qualify for direct admission
English Academic Preparation Programme
Need help with your English? If you haven’t quite reached the right level of English for your chosen Bachelor’s or Master’s degree programme, you can enrol for the English Academic Preparation Programme. After the successful completion of this programme, you’ll be ready to start your degree at THUAS and you will already have a good taste of studying and living in The Hague.
The Hague Pathway College
If you’d like to apply for a 3-year bachelor programme but don’t meet the academic entry requirements, you might be interested in joining The Hague Pathway College. This foundation programme has two intakes, one in September and one in January. It offers you the chance to bring your academic level up to the required level and work on your English at an academic level at the same time. Please check www.thehaguepathway.nl for more information
Don’t have the right exam subjects?
Unfortunately, options to make up for a lacking mandatory subject are limited. We do accept some certificates, but most of these can only be obtained after sitting an exam in the Netherlands.
Please check on which level you need to make up these mandatory subject(s). Whether you need Mathematics A or B depends on the chosen programme. You need to take this exam in the same language as the programme you have applied for.
If you lack Economics as a mandatory subject, we offer an exam at the Hague University of Applied Sciences in English. The exam consists of multiple-choice questions and takes about 30-45 minutes. The level of the exam is comparable to the Dutch HAVO level exam.
You can prepare for the exam by studying the textbook ‘Samengevat’ (author J.P.M. Blaas, Uitgeverij ThiemeMeulenhoff BV, ISBN 9789006078688, July 2011 or ISBN 9789006107210, June 2016). You are advised to study the entire textbook as you can be questioned on anything from that book. THUAS does not offer any preparation courses for this exam. Keep in mind, the preparation material is only available in Dutch.
The test will be held in August 2023. The exam fee is €50 which you will need to pay at registration via iDEAL or credit card. You cannot resit and/or reschedule this exam.
The exact date and registration form will be published as soon as possible. More information on the deficiency exam Economics can be found in the brochure.Other certificates and/or obtained exam results from other educational institutions are not accepted by The Hague University of Applied Sciences.
21 or older and no diploma that grants access?
Please note that you can only participate if you have an EU/EEA nationality or residence permit for the Netherlands that is valid on the test date. If you’re sitting the 21+ Admissions Test in the summer months, please check that you haven’t missed the general deadlines for application with THUAS.
All rounds of the 21+ Admissions Test for academic year 2022/2023 have been held.
From the end of September, the new dates for the 21+ Admissions Test for academic year 2023/2024 will be published here.
You are allowed to participate once per year, resits are not possible.
The 21+ Admissions Test will take place at the main building of The Hague University of Applied Sciences, 75 Johanna Westerdijkplein in The Hague. If this is not possible for compelling reasons (such as national or regional corona measures in the Netherlands, you take the 21+ Admissions Test at home via proctoring.
First submit your enrolment request for a bachelor's programme via Studielink. You will automatically receive an e-mail about the 21+ Admissions Test that includes a link to the registration form.
Participation costs € 100 and payment must be completed at the time of registration via iDEAL or Creditcard.
If you have not received this e-mail about the 21+ Admissions Test, please inform team Special Admission immediately on email@example.com so we can send you this information manually.
If you are an asylum status holder and/or do you need adapted facilities during the exam? Please read in the brochure what THUAS can do for you.
The exam is a digital aptitude test, which consist of 8 sub-tests. This exam will measure your intellectual capacities to determine whether you generally have the required level for a higher vocational education. To give you an impression of the type of questions you can expect, look in this practice environment. You will sit the 21+ admissions test in the language of the course you want to follow, in Dutch or in English.
Find out more about entry requirements
Any questions about admissions, entry exams and language requirements? Check out our FAQs, or contact the Enrolment Office.
Please note: All admissions to degree programmes at THUAS are at the Enrolment Office’s discretion. And their decision is the one that counts. No rights may be derived from information obtained through any other source.