English proficiency

For all course programmes conducted in the English language, a minimum level of proficiency in the English language is required, as detailed in the table below. You must substantiate your level of English-language proficiency by submitting evidence in the form of a language test result pertaining to one of the below-mentioned courses.

TEST Bachelor and master
IELTS 6,0
TOEFL paper 550
TOEFL computer 213
TOEFL internet 79/80
TOEIC* 670
Cambidge ESOL CAE-C

* = Only if the units ‘Speaking & Writing’ and ‘Listening & Reading’ have been completed successfully.
TOEIC = Test of English for International Communication, ESOL = English for Speakers of Other Languages

Some applicants may be exempted from submitting language proficiency test results, as follows:

  • Applicants who have a diploma of secondary education in a country listed in the diploma list drawn up on behalf of the associates of institutions of higher education, as published on the website of the code of conduct
  • Applicants who have followed two years of their previous education in English.
  • Exchange students
  • Applicants who have a Dutch mbo-4, havo or vwo diploma

An applicant’s level of proficiency in the English language must always meet the entry requirements for the chosen Fontys course programme. Fontys reserves the right to require language proficiency testing for all categories of applicants.

Bachelor degree programmes offered by a university of applied sciences require four years of full-time study and the emphasis is placed on applied arts and sciences. The degree attained indicates the field of study (e.g. Bachelor of Engineering, BEng). Students who have completed a DIII (Advanced Diploma), or who have previously studied at an academic level for three years may apply to follow a final year programme. Only some universities of applied sciences offer the option of the final year programme.

For more information, we refer to the code of conduct.