Language requirements

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For the study programmes in English and German, a minimum English language proficiency is required. The English language proficiency must be proved by submitting a test score from IELTS (Academic)TOEFLCambridge ESOL or TOEIC. Whereby IELTS and TOEFL not older than two years at the start of the programme. The English criteria generally are:

  • Bachelor: IELTS 6.0, some programmes require minimum sub scores. For sub scores-requirements please check the (website of the) study programme
  • Master: IELTS 6.0. There are some exceptions. Please check the website of the study programme for the (sub score-)requirements

For IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge ESOL and TOEIC equivalents please refer to the table below.

Language test scores table*

Language test scores table

*The table is not meant to mutually compare language tests and/or scores. It is only meant to formulate the minimum scores for the accepted language tests referred to for the admission of international students.

Admission to the Bachelor's programmes:

  • All language scores must contain 4 subjects: reading, writing, listening and speaking;
  • IELTS score: minimum of 6.0 (original results), some programmes require minimum subscores. For subscores-requirements please check the (website of the) study programme
  • TOEFL internet (iBT) and TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition score: minimum of 80 points (original results) with no sub-score below 17 (Please indicate Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen to check your TOEFL score from ETS in your testtaker profile. Institution code is 2165)
  • Cambridge ESOL score: Check the table for the minimum score. For verification of your results, please send Hanzehogeschool Groningen (Hanze UAS) the results via the online Cambridge Candidate Results Portal.

Admission to the Master's programmes:

Please check the (website of the) study programme for the language requirements.

There are exemptions from submitting a language proficiency test

For applying for a Bachelor's programme:

  • Prospective students who have obtained their secondary education diploma in a country that has been included in the diploma list as published on the right-hand side of this page;
  • Havo-/vwo-/mbo 4-diploma (please be aware that prospective students with a secondary education from Curacao, Aruba, Saint Martin and Suriname are required to provide a proof of their English proficiency).
  • Prospective students who have obtained a diploma at an English-taught institution within the EER and who can prove that their prior education for which they obtained a diploma was full time English-taught. (A statement, signed and stamped, from the school, confirming that the medium of instruction and examination of the prior education was entirely in English).
  • Prospective students whose prior education was English-taught and who obtained a diploma in the following countries: Australia, Canada (English speaking part), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States of America;
  • Prospective students with an International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate;
  • Prospective students who are doing an exchange programme at Hanze UAS. 

For applying for a Master's programme:

Please check the (website of the) study programme for information about exemption from the English language proficiency test.

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