We hope you've found all the information you need to inspire you to become a student here at Zuyd. Now all you have to do is to find out the admission requirements before you apply.
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Admission requirements for degree-seeking students
As an international degree-seeking student you are subject to a number of admission requirements. These include:
The admission requirements may vary, depending on the study programme of your choice.
- Bachelor degree programmes
If you want to follow a Bachelor degree programme you must have a diploma of higher secondary education that is equivalent to the Dutch levels, for example:
- Germany: Algemeine Hochschulreife, Fachhochschulreife
- International Baccalaureate diploma; career-related certificate of the International Baccalaureate
European Baccalaureate (EB)
High School: GPA average at least 3.0; AP programme or college prepatory programme (grades do not matter)
UK: General Certificate of Secondary Education in 4 subjects with grades A to C or 9 to 4; General Certificate of Education on Advanced Subsidiary level with 2 relevant subjects with grades A to C or General Certificate of Education with 2 relevant subjects on Advanced Level (grades D-E) (in 6 different subjects including English and maths)
Quite a number of our study programmes have additional requirements. Check the webpage of the study programme of your choice for course-specific details.
- Master degree programmes
If you want to be enrolled in one of our Master degree programmes, you must have a bachelor's degree that is equivalent to the Dutch degree, usually in the same discipline or in the same professional domain.
Copies of diplomas
If you wish to be enrolled in one of our study programmes, you will be asked to submit authenticated copies of your diplomas.
Information on recognition of diplomas for admission to Dutch universities of applied sciences can be found on the NUFFIC website. Don't you know the level of your diploma yet? Nuffic has made an overview of common diplomas from many different countries and how they compare to Dutch diplomas. You can use this to help you estimate your level.
- Bachelor degree programmes
Language requirements are different for admission to either English or Dutch programmes.
Admission to English study programmes
For admission to our study programmes taught in English, a minimum overall band IELTS score of at least 6.0 is required. Besides IELTS, the equivalent TOEFL, TOEIC and Cambridge ESOL level certificates are also accepted. See the Code of Conduct for details.
You are exempted from this requirement if you have:
a diploma in the EU/EEA and passed English as an examination subject
a diploma in the UK, US, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia
an accredited international American high school diploma or British international (I)GCSE/ A-levels
an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma
Admission to Dutch study programmes
If you want to apply for a study programme taught in Dutch, you'll need to have a thorough command of the Dutch language. Sufficient proficiency in Dutch may be attained after following Dutch as a Second Language, through an NT2-course. To make sure that you can attend study programmes taught in Dutch, you have to attain the NT2-level II. This also applies to students of Dutch nationality who do not have a Dutch educational background. The NT2-level II exam is a State Examination. If you have no prior knowledge of Dutch at all, it will take you about a year to prepare for the NT2-level II exam.
If you want to enroll in an art programme taught in Dutch you have to pass their admission procedure. During this process your level of Dutch will be evaluated.
Corona: conditional admission without NT2.2 diploma
In case you have not been able to complete all the components of the NT2.2 diploma due to the corona crisis, you can be conditionally admitted to the program, provided that you meet the other enrolment requirements, such as a diploma for previous education, a residence permit and payment of tuition fees.
This conditional admission means that you can start studying at Zuyd from 1 September 2021, but you must pass the state exam NT2.2. 1 January 2022 at the latest. If you have not passed the NT2.2 exam, the academy director will be able to assess whether you can show otherwise that you meet the desired language level. If you do not meet the requested level, you will have to discontinue your studies at Zuyd and we will terminate your enrollment on December 31, 2021.
Apply for a State Exam NT2
For more information, visit the DUO website.
Corona: Temporary extension of the options for language tests
As a result of the corona crisis, the online language test TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition has been added to the permitted language test(s) in the Code of Conduct for International Students in Higher Education, which has been temporarily broadened for this purpose.
To be admissible you need a minimum score of 80 on this test.Read more about this test
Visa and residence permit
Non-EU students are subject to the Dutch immigration procedures. These procedures can vary depending on your nationality. If you are from the USA, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, the Vatican City and Monaco, you do not need a visa. However, you will need a residence permit if you are going to stay in the Netherlands for more than three months.
Test for candidates aged 21 or older
If you do not meet the admission requirements and are older than 21 years old, then you can register to take an admission test for candidates aged 21 or older. The content and length of this test varies per study programme. During a test day, you will complete a number of written tests, depending on the requirements for the study programme. You will also fill in questionnaires that provide insight into your abilities, personality, and interests. The tests for candidates aged 21 or older will be set by Profiel ASL Sittard.
Please refer to your preferred study programme for information on how to register.
Admission of exchange students
If you are a student from Zuyd's partner universities and you want to apply for admission in an exchange programme, you should first contact the international office of your home institution for information on eligibility and registration procedures.More about exchange