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Entry requirements for Dutch students

This is a guide to the normal entry requirements, assuming you’ve followed the Dutch education system. An admissions tutor will study your application, so make sure you include your academic background and personal information when you apply.

Entry requirements vary depending on what sort of course you’re coming to BU to study.

  • BU International College Foundation Certificates
    You can undertake a Foundation Certificate before going on to an undergraduate course if you have successfully completed 12 years of schooling in the Netherlands and achieved a minimum of IELTS (Academic) 5.0.
  • Undergraduate courses
    You can apply to study a Bachelor's degree from year one if you have a Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO) (Gymansium A/B and Atheneum A/B) Diploma.
  • Top-up courses
    You are required to have a minimum of two years of tertiary study in a related subject to apply for a Top-up course. This can include qualifications such as the Kandidaatsexamen.
  • Postgraduate courses
    You can apply for a taught postgraduate course with us if you have a Dutch Bachelor's degree.
  • Research programmes
    ​You need any postgraduate degree to be considered for a BU research programme.

You can find more information about English language requirements for entry to BU on our English language requirements page.

If you require a Tier 4 Visa to study in the UK, you can find more information on our immigration information page.