Entry requirements

Entry requirements

In the Netherlands, only the Dutch VWO diploma gives direct access to a university education. If you hold a foreign secondary school diploma, the Admissions Office will need to determine whether you can be admitted to the University. In this case, they will verify if your diploma is considered equivalent to a Dutch vwo diploma.

Your diploma may be recognised under an international treaty, or based on international comparisons; e.g. :

  • a European Baccalaureate from a European school
  • an International Baccalaureate
  • Zeugnis der Algemeinen Hochschulreife (Abitur)
  • 3 GCE A-Levels
  • Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs (Belgium)
  • US High School Diploma (USA).
    In addition to the completed High School Diploma, we require students to obtain at least 4 Advanced Placements (AP's) of the US College Board, all with a score of -3- or higher.
  • Diploma di Superamento dell’Esame di Stato Conclusivo dei Corsi di Istruzione Secondario Superiore (issued by a Liceo classico/ scientifico/ linguistico/scienze umane) (Italy)

English language requirements

  • IELTS, Academic Module:
    IELTS is the test preferred by Utrecht University.
    • Minimum score: 6.5 overall band, 5.5 for writing. 
  • TOEFL, Internet based.
    Institutional scores are not accepted. The TOEFL institution code for Utrecht University is 9062.
    • Minimum score: 83 with 24 reading, 22 listening, 20 speaking, 17 writing
  • Cambridge Certificates:
    • Cambridge English C1 Advanced (CAE). Minimum score: 176 total, 162 writing.
    • Cambridge English C2 Proficiency (CPE). Minimum score: 180 total, 162 writing.
    • Cambridge Michigan Language Assessment ECPE, C2 Certificate.


You are considered to be proficient in English and do not need to provide a test score if:

It is not necessary to have passed the English test at the time of your application. The results can be submitted later. More information.