Admission requirements bachelor's degree

To be admitted to one of our bachelor programmes you have to meet certain admission requirements.


To be admitted to one of our bachelor 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 4-year bachelor 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 five 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).
  • We are aware that test centres around the world have cancelled and/or postponed exams. Together with governmental organisations and higher education institutions in the Netherlands, we are working on solutions. Please check our Corona Q&A for up to date information. 

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.

To get accepted for the 3 Year Track Programme students need a suitable high school diploma (entry level for academic universities). You are eligible for admission if your diploma is on this list of European VWO Equivalents. Also the language requirements need to be met.

If you are interested in one of our 3-year bachelor programmes, please also check the Academic requirements on the course specific pages:

Have you successfully completed general secondary education? Have you completed a subject-related apprenticeship, or already gained work experience? Then NHL Stenden may be able to help you shorten the duration of your studies.

Each application to the Short Track Programme is assessed individually and can vary widely, depending on educational background and the study programme in question.

To apply for the Short Track Programme, simply click on the relevant course in Studielink when you make your application.

(Please note: you can select the Short Track Programme straight away for the courses in Tourism Management and Hospitality Management.)

Please then email to confirm that you have applied for a Short Track Programme. This will help us monitor your application process.

You should then upload your secondary school certificates and any other relevant certificates along with the other application documents required in the NHL Stenden online portal.

Upon receipt of your documents, your application will be considered and we will get back to you as soon as possible.