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. You can check whether your diploma meets this requirement in this diploma equivalency list.

English language requirements

  • IELTS, Academic Module:
    • 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.


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.