English language requirements for foreign exchange students

Avans has set minimum language requirements for foreign exchange students. This helps us maintain high standards of English language skills in our international classrooms and ensures we comply with Dutch national guidelines. As a student, it is your responsibility to ensure that you satisfy these requirements.

For the Avans exchange programmes taught in English the minimum English language prerequisite is an academic IELTS test or equivalent with an overall band score of at least 6.0 and a pass in ‘speaking and writing’ and ‘listening and reading’.

As an exchange student you must provide proof your linguistic skills by means of an official certificate: OLS, IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC or Cambridge ESOL. 

Minimum IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC and Cambridge ESOL scores

  Cambridge English
grades and scale
      Listening and
Speaking and
7.5 625 113 790 400 CAE-Grade B scale 194-199
CAE-Grade C scale 191-193
7.0 600 100 780 350 FCE-Grade A scale 185 and above
CAE-Grade C scale 185 and above
6.5 575 90 720 310 CAE-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 C scale 160-161
B1 level certificate scale 154-159

CAE= advanced
FCE= First