Admission requirements

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Mechanical Engineering




Three years

Admission requirements in general

To be admitted to this programme you will need a national secondary school diploma or an international secondary school diploma. Your education qualifications must be equivalent to the Dutch VWO secondary school diploma.

Students with a Propedeuse (completed foundation course) in the Bachelor's programmes of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics and Physics Engineering can be also accepted for the Mechanical Engineering 3-year programme.

As the programme is taught in English, you may have to prove your English language proficiency, depending on your educational background and nationality.

Dutch students

Dutch students with a VWO diploma can apply. The Mechanical Engineering bachelor's programme suits VWO students who have completed the study profiles:

  • Natuur & Techniek - directly accepted
  • Natuur & Gezondheid - Physics or 'Natuur, Leven en Technologie' and Mathematics B
  • Economie & Maatschappij - Physics and Mathematics B
  • Cultuur & Maatschappij - not admitted

Dutch students need to apply before May 1st!
Apply here.

International students

International students need to have attained the equivalent of a Dutch VWO diploma (NLQF4+/EQF4), including mathematics and physics at advanced level. Please check the Nuffic website.

For example:

An applicant from Germany must have a 'Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife'.

An applicant from the United Kingdom must have a 'General Certificate of Secondary Education in 3 subjects with marks ranging from A*-C, plus a General Certificate of Education with 3 subjects at advanced level (6 different subjects in total)' or a 'Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate (Principal Subject)' or a 'Cambridge International Pre-U Diploma'.

An applicant from Belgium must have a 'Diploma van secundair onderwijs richting Kunst Secundair Onderwijs (KSO) / Technisch Secundair Onderwijs (TSO)' or a 'Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs, richting Algemeen Secundair Onderwijs (ASO)'.

As Mechanical Engineering is an international programme, a comprehensive understanding of English is a must. So, in addition students will need a level of English equivalent to CEFR B2 in at least reading and writing. For non-EU international students a minimum of an academic IELTS test with an overall band score of at least 6.0 (six) , Cambridge or TOEFL is required. Here you can find more information about the language requirements.

Apply here.

Admission requirements for students (+21 yrs) without a diploma

In exceptional cases, we can grant admission to students older than 21 years without a diploma, provided they pass an admission test.

We will ask the student to:

  1. Provide a valid English test at a good level (by example IELTS: overall score at least 6, no subscore under 5,5, test no older than two years).
  2. Pass a physics exam at a High Level.
  3. Pass a math exam at a High Level.
  4. Both exams (physics and math) need to be taken at Hanze University in Groningen, The Netherlands (no costs are charged for the tests, but the costs for traveling and stay are the students own resposibility).
  5. Meet the four requirements above before July 1st (EU nationalities), June 1st (Non-EU nationalities), April 1st (Indian, Nepalese, Bengalese and Pakistan nationalities).

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