Entry requirements

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. 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.

Language requirements 

English language requirements

To enrol on a degree taught in English you must have sufficient command of the language. We accept IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC and Cambridge English FCE/CAE/CPE tests (no older than two years on 1 September 2020). The Institutional TOEFL test, TOEFL ITP tests and other language tests aren’t accepted. We only accept single test day results, not TOEFL ‘My Best Scores’. Find out more about your programme’s language requirements.

•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

We realize that due to the corona crisis test centers in your country might have suspended all testing for the coming weeks or even months. To make sure that you meet our deadline for submission, we would like to suggest taking the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test which you can take from your own computer at home. This test can be done in all locations where the computer-delivered tests are normally available, with the exception of Mainland China and Iran. For Mainland China, ETS will add test dates once regular testing resumes. The test is identical in content, format and on-screen experience to the TOEFL iBT test taken at a test centre. For further information check here https://www.ets.org/s/cv/toefl/at-home/

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 Prep School

Need help with your English? If you haven’t quite reached the right level for your chosen degree but still have promising results, you can enrol for English Prep School. After this six-month or one-year course, you’ll be ready to start your degree. Plus, you’ll know much more about THUAS, The Hague and the Netherlands.

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. Their one year foundation programme will offer you the chance to bring your academic level up to the required level. If needed, there is the opportunity to work on your English 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 2020 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 2020 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.

It is no longer possible to apply for the 21+ Admissions Test for 24 August.
In the course of October the new brochure will be published with the dates for 2021.

  • 20 July 2020 - applications open 16 May 2020
  • 24 August 2020 - applications open 23 July 2020

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.

Detailed information can be found in the brochure.

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.