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 from 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 Admissions 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 course is taught in English, or in Dutch if the course 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:
- IETLS Academic
- TOEFL iBT (not the ITP or the Special at Home iBT) We only accept single test day results, not TOEFL ‘My Best Scores’.
- Cambridge English (FCE/CAE/CPE)
The test date may not be older than two years on 1 September 2021.
•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: minimum score of 6.0 overall
•TOEFL internet based test: minimum score of 80
•TOEFL paper delivered test: minimum score of 60
•TOEIC: minimum score of 670 (listening and reading) and minimum score of 290 (speaking and writing)
•Cambridge English: minimum score of 169 (and grade A, B or C)
•European Studies (3 years)
•International Business (3 years)
•International Communication Management
•International 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: minimum of 6.0 overall and minimum of 6.0 for each sub score
•TOEFL internet based test: minimum score of 80 and 20 for each sub score
•TOEFL paper delivered test: minimum score of 60 and 20 for each sub score
•TOEIC: minimum score of 670 for listening and reading, and minimum score of 290 for speaking and writing
•Cambridge English: 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 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, 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, you might still qualify for 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.
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 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 other certificates, but most of these can only be obtained after sitting an exam in the Netherlands, in Dutch. The only exception is if you lack Economics as a mandatory subject. For this subject we offer an exam at the Hague University in English. However, the preparation material is in Dutch. More information is available on our Dutch language site
21 or older and no diploma that grants access?
If you’re 21 before 1 September 2021 but don’t have a diploma or a qualification that meets the entry requirements, you can take the 21+ Admissions Test. The 21+ Admissions Test will be offered at several dates between January and August 2021 and consists of a general capacity test.
Please note that you can only participate if you have an 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.
Tuesday 2 March 2021
Tuesday 18 May 2021
Tuesday 13 July 2021
Tuesday 24 August 2021
To register yourself for the 21+ admissions test you have to send a request for registration via Studielink. In the brochure (see ‘More information’) you will find a detailed description of how to do this. You will receive an email from THUAS with a link to the registration form for the exam.
The exam consists of 8 tests that 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.
You will receive the results by email the day after the exam from NOA-VU. It is a provisional result as the control by Proctorexam has yet to be processed. The final (and possibly revised) results will be emailed by The Hague University of Applied Sciences within 2 weeks.
Participation costs 100 euros and payment must be completed at the time of registration via Ideal or Creditcard. You are allowed to participate once per year, resits are not possible.
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.