Language requirements

All our study programmes have language requirements. You will need to prove your language proficiency by handing in a certificate stating your level. 

Find out what level is required for your study programme:

Architecture
Art & Design and Creative Writing
Education in Art
Dance and Theatre
Music

Exemptions language requirements

Dutch Bachelor programmes

You will be exempted from taking a proficiency test if:

  • Dutch is your native language and Dutch is the national language of the country in which you followed your secondary education or;
  • You followed and completed your entire secondary education in Dutch or;
  • You had Dutch as an end exam subject and passed (this must be shown on your secondary school diploma).

Dutch Master programmes

You will be exempted from taking a proficiency test if:

  • Dutch is your native language and Dutch is the national language of the country in which you followed your secondary education or;
  • You followed and completed your entire secondary education in Dutch.

English Bachelor programmes

You will be exempted from taking a proficiency test if:

  • English is your native language and English is the national language of the country in which you followed your secondary education or;
  • You followed and completed your entire secondary education in English or;
  • You have the Dutch nationality and your secondary education was havo or vwo with English as an end exam subject. Students that followed their secondary education at mbo-4 level will not be exempted from the language requirements.
  • As of the 1st of September 2014 students from Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Romania, Slovakia or Sweden may be exempted from taking an English test. Please review the Diploma List (part of the Code of conduct) to see if you are exempted from handing in a language proficiency certificate. 

English Master programmes

You will be exempted from taking a proficiency test if:

  • English is your native language and English is the national language of the country in which you followed your secondary education or;
  • You followed and completed your entire secondary education or Bachelor programme in English or;
  • You have the Dutch nationality and your secondary education was havo or vwo with English as an end exam subject. Students that followed their secondary education at mbo-4 level will not be exempted from the language requirements.
  • As of the 1st September 2014 students from Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Romania, Slovakia or Sweden may be exempted from taking an English test. Please review the Diploma List (part of the Code of conduct) to see if you are exempted from handing in a language proficiency certificate. 

In exception to this: the Werkplaats Typografie and DAI Art Praxis will assess your language proficiency during your admission.

Dutch course in your home country

We strongly advise you to take a course in your home country. To find Dutch courses in your home country, you can contact the Dutch embassy. Dutch language courses are usually offered at different levels: beginner, intermediate or advanced level. There are several ways to go about learning Dutch:

• check the library or council office for brochures on courses
• find a language buddy
• take classes at an evening school
• follow a course at a higher education institution
• follow a summer course

Dutch language courses for international students

A number of university centres offer courses in Dutch as a second language. The courses are specially designed for foreign students who have otherwise qualified for admission to Dutch higher education, but must first prove that they have mastered the language sufficiently. The courses are available at different levels: beginners, intermediate and advanced. The advanced courses prepare students for the state examination in Dutch, known as the NT2 exam.
The prices of the courses vary considerably. The costs for a complete series of intensive lessons can range from
€ 250 to € 2,500. Check out the overview of study programmes in Dutch on the Study in Holland website.