Candidates must fit a general profile and meet a set of minimum requirements regarding their diploma and English proficiency to be considered for acceptance. The same assessment criteria hold for all students and are applied fairly and impartially.
University College Utrecht aims to provide knowledge, skills and insight in different academic fields in accordance with the Liberal Arts and Sciences’ philosophy (as explained in our mission statement) and enable a wide range of achievement for students who will step into an open and fast-changing future.
Applicants must exhibit that they fit our general profile in line with the educational philosophy of University College Utrecht:
- Demonstrated academic potential
- Curious and motivated, academically as well as personally
- Broad intellectual orientation and openness to explore beyond disciplinary boundaries
- Affinity with living and studying in a diverse, international campus community and a willingness to contribute and engage with different ideas and perspectives
- Demonstrated social engagement or commitment to others
Applicants must have a Dutch high school diploma at VWO level (any profile) or a foreign equivalent and they must meet the grade entry requirements. You can check whether your diploma meets this requirement in the high school diploma list.
If you do not meet the grade entry requirements, an alternative route to become eligible to apply is to complete one year of university (in an academic subject) with a grade average of at least 70% at a 3-year university OR at least 80% or a 3.5 GPA at a 4, 5, or 6-year university programme.
If you do not meet the requirements listed within the diploma equivalency and English proficiency requirements document, one of the tests indicated below will provide proof of English proficiency. The tests should not be more than 2 years old at the time of submitting the application.
We advise to take the English Proficiency test at least 2 months before the application deadline. For your application to be complete and considered, all documents, including proof of your English proficiency, must be uploaded before the application deadline. To treat all candidates equally, we cannot make exceptions. Your English proficiency results need to be in form of an official certificate or you need to authorize UCU to verify your results online. Incomplete applications cannot be considered and will be rendered inactive.
Accepted are the IELTS test, TOEFL IBT test, the C1 Advanced and the C2 Proficiency:
|Test||Minimum score||Proof applicants must submit|
|C1 Advanced||185 (with no partial score below 176)||Scan of certificate or statement of results|
|C2 Proficiency||185 (with no partial score below 176)||Scan of certificate or statement of results|
|IELTS Academic||A minimum average of 7.0 for all components, with no partial score lower than 6.5||Scan of official score report|
|TOEFL IBT||A minimum score of 100||Test taker's score AND request ETS to send results to University College Utrecht (8420)|
Other English Proficiency tests (e.g. other Cambridge certificates like CFE/B2 First, Anglia, SAT, ACT, EF, Duolingo or TOEFL iBT Home Edition or TOEFL essentials) are not accepted as proof of English proficiency.