Admision requirements Associate degree

To be admitted to one of our international Associate degree programmes you have to meet certain admission requirements.


To be admitted to one of our international Associate degree programmes you have to meet certain admission requirements. Your diploma has to be comparable to an admissible Dutch diploma. To get an idea of how your diploma compares to a Dutch diploma, you can check the Nuffic website. The Nuffic site shows a list of common diplomas per country and the Dutch comparison for that diploma. For a international Associate degree programme at NHL Stenden, you need a diploma that is at minimum NLQF 4/EQF 4 level (Dutch/European Qualifications Framework).

NHL Stenden considers the information on the Nuffic website non-binding, the Central Student Administration will decide if you are admissible after you apply for a study programme through Studielink and provide us with the necessary documents through our iGO portal. 

If you are a student from Vietnam or Zimbabwe, you may use a graduation statement filled out and signed by your educational institution as a temporary solution, in case you are set to receive your diploma after the application deadline. A valid diploma must always be provided before the start of the study programme.

* Nuffic is the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education. They provide us information regarding international diplomas and advice on comparability of these diplomas to the Dutch education system.

** The European Qualifications Framework (EQF) is a translation tool that helps understand and compare qualifications awarded in different countries and by different education and training systems. Its eight levels are described in terms of learning outcomes: knowledge, skills and competences. The levels of the Dutch Qualification Framework (NLQF) are linked to the levels of the EQF.

All non-EU/EEA applicants are required to submit an English proficiency test with their application. Exceptions can be made for students who have had their preparatory education in a country where English is the only official educational language.

The language requirements for EU/EEA students are the same as for Dutch students. If your diploma is mentioned in this list, and English is included as part of the final exam curriculum, the additional English language test is not required. The same goes for students who followed the English language programme of the European Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate and have subsequently received the EB-Certificate or IB-Diploma.

NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences accepts four kinds of official language tests in accordance with the Code of Conduct International Student in Dutch Higher Education:

  • Academic IELTS 6.0 (with an advised minimum of 5.0 for each skill).
  • TOEFL 550 (paper based), 213 (computer-based) or 80 (internet based). Original test results must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to NHL Stenden. The TOEFL institution code for NHL Stenden is C652.
  • Cambridge ESOL score FCE-C (169, or higher).
  • TOEIC 670 (Listening and Reading) and 290 (Speaking and Writing).

View the comparison between the different scores.

Please note: If you do not have the appropriate level yet, it is possible to enrol in our Preparatory English Language Course.