Admission requirements for degree-seeking students

Before you apply to Avans University of Applied Sciences for a degree programme, you should read through the applicable admission requirements carefully to ensure that you can meet all of these requirements.

Check the specific requirements for your study programme.

Secondary education diploma

A Dutch higher general secondary education (havo), pre-university level (vwo) or intermediate vocational education (mbo) (level 4) diploma or equivalent international diploma is generally required to enrol on a study programme at Avans University of Applied Sciences. With regard to your foreign diploma, the Avans International Office can give you an indication as to whether your secondary school diploma is equivalent to one of the abovementioned Dutch diplomas. If there is any doubt, Avans will have your diploma evaluated by Nuffic (the Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education). If you have specific questions about your diploma, please contact the Avans International Office at or on +31 88 525 80 01.

English language requirements for foreign degree-seeking students

To maintain high standards of English language competences in our international classrooms and in compliance with Dutch national guidelines, Avans has set minimum language requirements for foreign degree-seeking students. It is your responsibility to ensure that you meet these requirements.

For the English-taught Avans degree programmes, the minimum English language prerequisite is: an academic IELTS test (or equivalent*) with an overall band score of at least 6.0. ('speaking and writing' and 'listening and reading' have been successfully passed) (For IB 6.0, and no sub-scores below 6.0 are allowed). As a degree-seeking student you must provide evidence of your language competences in the form of an official certificate: IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC or Cambridge ESOL.

You are exempt from the English language proficiency test or statement if you have obtained a diploma of secondary education in a country listed in the diploma list, as published on the website of the Dutch Code of Conduct International Student.
International students who have undergone their preparatory education in English are also exempt from the mandatory language test or statement.

IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC and Cambridge ESOL scores


IELTS, TOEFS, TOEIC en Campbrigde English grades & scale
Cambrigde English grades and scale CEFR
      Listening and
Speaking and
7.5 625 113 790 400 CEA-Grade B scale 194-199
CEA-Grade C scale 191-193
7.0 600 100 780 350 FCE-Grade A scale 185 and above
CEA-Grade C scale 185 and above
6.5 575 90 720 310 CEA-Grade C scale 180-184
FCE-Grade A scale 180-184
FCE-Grade B scale 176-179
6.0 550 80 670 290 FCE-Grade B scale 173-175
FCE-Grade C scale 169-172
5.5 525 70 620 260 FCE-Grade C scale 162-168  
5.0 500 60 600 240 FCE - Grade B scale 160-161
B1 level certificate scale 154-159

CAE= advanced
FCE= First 

For the English language prerequisites for foreign exchange students we refer to the admission requirements for the exchange programme you want to follow.


Dutch language skills

Applicants must have a NT2 Dutch language certificate in order to be eligible for admission to Dutch taught study programmes. Different language skills requirements may apply to German students. Please contact the International Office at or on +31 88 525 80 01 for more detailed information. NT2 courses are offered by various educational institutions in the three Avans cities. For more information about NT2 courses, check the website of Tilburg University. 

More information

The Terms of Enrolment are published on this web page Terms of Enrolment.
For more information on our admission requirements and the Terms of Enrolment, please contact the Avans International Office at or on +31 88 525 80 01.