To be admitted to one of our 4-year bachelor programmes, you will need to meet the admission requirements as outlined in Dutch Higher Education law. For 4-year bachelor programme at NHL Stenden, you need a diploma* that is at least equivalent to an NLQF 4/EQF 4 level (Dutch/ European Qualifications Framework)* and comparable to the required Dutch diploma.
About the European Qualifications Framework
The European Qualifications Framework (EQF) is a tool for understanding and comparing 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.
The Central Student Administration at NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences carries out an assessment on every individual application to our 4-year bachelor programmes. It generally recognises the international qualifications listed here.
All applications are assessed on an individual basis by the Central Student Administration (CSA) even if your diploma is listed as a recognised qualification. Although this document has been composed carefully by NHL Stenden, rights cannot be derived from this overview.
Eligible to study at NHL Stenden
If the qualification you will obtain or have obtained is not listed as a recognised qualification, you may still be eligible to study at NHL Stenden and should also apply for the programme through Studielink. Your qualifications will be assessed by an Admissions Officer at the Central Student Administration (CSA) department at NHL Stenden once you have submitted your application.
If it is unclear what the equivalent level of your secondary school diploma is within the Dutch education system, NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences will have your diploma evaluated by Nuffic, a Dutch organisation specialised in the assessment of international qualifications. For an indication of how your educational system compares to the Dutch system, please visit the Nuffic website.
In case you will not receive your official diploma before the application deadline of NHL Stenden (please check deadlines below) and you are graduated already, you can use a statement of graduation which serves as a provisional replacement for your diploma (click here). Please check the important conditions in the gradation statement in order to check whether you can use this statement. The graduation statement should be filled in and signed by your educational institution. Note: the graduation statement is not a replacement of the official diploma. This means that you must submit your official diploma as soon as you receive your diploma from the issuing institution.
After your graduation statement is signed by your educational institution, you will need to upload the statement in the IGO portal.
Deadline NON-EU students
NON-EU students should submit the graduation statement before the visa deadline of 1 July (September intake) / 1 December (February intake).
Deadline EU students
EU students should submit the graduation statement before the application deadline of 1 September / 1 February.