Admission requirements

Bachelor's students

As a prospective bachelor’s student you must have a diploma of secondary education that is equivalent to Dutch standards. In order to be admitted to Fontys University of Applied Sciences students must be eligible for higher education through a diploma of secondary education / high school diploma with good results:

  • For students with the Dutch nationality (with the Dutch secondary school diploma): MBO-4-, HAVO- or VWO-diploma with mathematics and physics..
  • For students of other nationalities, who followed the British curriculum, the minimum requirements are:
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with mathematics and physics or
  • General Certicificate of Secondary Education in 4 subjects with marks ranging from A-C, plus a General Certicificate of Education with 2 subjects at Advanced Subsidiary level (6 different subjects in total). Mathematics and physics. Must be taken at Advanced Subsidiary level.
  • For students who are in posession of an International Baccalaureate diploma (with mathematics and physics): we accept both SL and HL results.
  • For students with other secondary education/high school diplomas: As soon as your application is visible in Studielink we will contact you by e-mail and ask you to send us your documents for the diploma assessment.

Language requirements

For the English taught programmes, the minimum English language proficiency required is explained in the table below:

TEST Bachelor's students
IELTS 6.0 (academic level)
TOEFL paper 550
TOEFL computer 213
TOEFL internet 80
TOEIC* 670
Cambridge ESOL FCE-C (scale 169-172)


Some applicants can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test results:

  • Applicants who have a Dutch MBO-4, HAVO- or VWO-diploma.
  • 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 at least two years of their previous education in English.

Fontys University will act according to the Code of Conduct.