Admission Requirements

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Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences accepts students regardless of their nationality and background. Once you have selected the study programme you wish to apply for, you will need to determine whether you meet the requirements in order to gain admission. Students must meet the minimum academic and English proficiency* requirements to be accepted for an English-taught study programme at Van Hall Larenstein University. In order to assess your eligibility for a study programme, Van Hall Larenstein University will take into account both the level of your previous education and the grades you have obtained. Please bear in mind that your eligibility to attend a study programme at Van Hall Larenstein University cannot be confirmed until we have received your complete application, including all the required documents, and assessed it. All applicants should inquire if they are eligible for enrolment.

Bachelor Programme 

HAVO-equivalent secondary school diploma

One of the general admission requirements for all our 4-year Bachelor study programmes is a secondary school diploma, which is equivalent to the Dutch HAVO diploma. Examples of equivalent levels are the International Baccalaureate diploma or A-Levels. Your diploma will be evaluated after Van Hall Larenstein University has received your complete application. For more information about the evaluation of your secondary school diploma, please check the Nuffic Diploma Recognition website

You need to have A-levels or equivalent to be eligible to enter the Bachelor programme of your choice. You must also have basic computer skills.

Sufficient knowledge of the English language* is a requirement for our English-taught programmes and sufficient knowledge of the Dutch language** is a requirement for our for Dutch-taught programmes. See below for more details and exemptions.

Master programme

To qualify for enrolment, applicants should have:

  • A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent qualification in the field of agriculture or a related subject.
  • Relevant working experience.
  • A sufficient knowledge of the English language*. 
  • Computer literacy (Windows, Word, Excel) is strongly recommended.

Some programmes may have additional entry requirements. Please read the information about the course of your choice carefully.

Certificate Programme 

To qualify for enrolment, you should successfully have completed two years of a Bachelor-level study programme in a relevant field. Applicants with a different background may also be eligible for enrolment. Several years of relevant working experience may compensate for a lack of formal qualifications. Moreover, you must have a sufficient knowledge of the English language* and basic computer skills.

Some programmes may have additional entry requirements. Please read the information about the course of your choice carefully. If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to

* English proficiency

All international students applying for an English-taught study programme must provide proof of their English proficiency by submitting one of the following documents:

  • Academic IELTS-test with an overall band score of 6.0 and no sub-scores below 5.0;
  • TOEFL test with a score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based), 78-80 (internet based);
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English* (CAE): pass at grade C or above;
  • Cambridge First Certificate (FCE)*: pass at grade B/C or above.

Please note that tests results older than three years cannot be accepted.


The following students are exempt from providing proof of their English language proficiency:

  • Native English speakers (USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Canada (English-speaking areas). Master applicants from South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe are also exempt from this requirement.
  • Applicants with a Dutch VWO diploma
  • Applicants with a Dutch HAVO diploma, with final grade 6 or higher for English
  • Applicants from Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Norway, Romania, Slovakia and Sweden who have obtained one of the following diplomas, including a final examination in English.

** Dutch Proficiency

International future students applying for a Dutch-taught study programme must submit proof of their Dutch proficiency at level B2 CEFR. Please check the admission requirements for your chosen study programme on our Dutch website

German-speaking applicants can apply for a four-week Dutch summer course in order to achieve Dutch proficiency. More information can be found on our on our German website.


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