In order to be admitted to our programmes, you will have to meet the entry requirements below.

Are you a Dutch student applying for one of our English taught programmes? Please check the entry requirements for Dutch students. The information below applies to the academic year of 2023 – 2024. These entry requirements are subject to changes in government policy and Saxion regulations.

The student must be admissible to Higher Education through a diploma with good results at least equivalent to the Dutch havo, vwo or mbo-4 for our bachelor programmes and 4 years hbo for our master programmes. Does your diploma match with this requirements? Check here what the Nuffic has to say about the diploma you’ve obtained.

Select the relevant country and open the pdf file. At the ‘evaluation chart’ you’ll find an overview of the most common diplomas and their comparison in level to the Dutch educational system. This will give you a clue about your admission possibilities.

The other chapters of the pdf file contain more information about the curriculum of the specific education. Sometimes it depends on the curriculum of your previous studies if your diploma will meet the full described level, so this file from the Nuffic must only be used as a guideline; our student registration will determine the final admission.

Short degree programmes
If you want to apply for a short degree programme, the following entry requirements are also applicable:

  • Having completed a minimum of three years of higher education in the discipline of further study. 
  • Or a bachelor Degree in a related field of study. 

The students’ qualifications will be assessed by the Admission Officer of the specific course on the basis of the provided diplomas, curriculum vitae,  letter of motivation and, if necessary, an intake interview.

As proof that you meet the English language requirement, you will be asked to upload one of the English language certificates below. The minimum required scores are applicable to our bachelor- and master study programmes.

  • IELTS (academic) with a minimum overall score of 6.0. We do not accept the Academic IELTS Online certificate.
  • TOEFL Internet Based (minimum score of 80) and TOEFL Paper Based (minimum score 550). Please note that we do not accept the MyBest scores of the TOEFL test as well as the TOEFL iBT Home Edition certificate.
    Make sure you add Saxion as a score recipient by using our institutional code 7533.
  • Cambridge language assessment with a minimum score of 169 – First, Advanced, Proficiency.
  • TOEIC certificate, both listening and reading (minimum score 670) and speaking and writing (minimum score 290).

Please be aware that we do not accept language test certificates that are older than 2 years at the desired start date of the study programme.

You are exempted from submitting one of the above test certificates if:

  • Your diploma is on Nuffic's diploma list and the subject English is on your final transcript of grades.
  • The medium of instruction of your completed bachelor or master studies was English (this requires submitting a copy of your bachelor or master diploma). Please provide us with an official signed and stamped statement from your university in which they confirm that the medium of instruction of the entire curriculum was English.
    This also applies to the English taught American High School curriculum that is accredited by an American regional accreditation organization, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and GCE AS/A level certificates issued by AQA, Pearson, Edexcel, OCR or Cambridge.
  • In some cases exemption is possible if the diploma is obtained in a country where English is the main language of communication. Please inquire via whether you qualify.

IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC and Cambridge English grades & scale


TOEFL Paper Based

TOEFL Internet Based


Cambridge English Score

Listening and Reading

Speaking and Writing






154 - 161






162 - 168






169 - 175






176 - 184






185 - 190






191 - 199

Phase 1: qualification 

You are admitted with a High School diploma. It is recommended that you have studied subjects such as economics, languages and/or management at secondary-school level. We also require either an Academic IELTS score of 6.0 or a TOEFL score of 550. Unfortunately, without either of these test results, your application cannot be considered.

Find more details about qualifications and general admission requirements on this website or contact

In addition to the completed application form and as part of the compulsory admission procedure, you will be required to complete the intake assessment.

Phase 2: additional entry requirements

To be able to enrol onto the first year of the Hotel Management programme, you will also need to pass the intake assessment which entails a number of tests, including an interview.

Once we have received your application, we will invite you for the additional entry requirements. You also receive details of the preparation you are required to do (an online Start assessment, a motivation letter, your CV and a video presentation) and information about the interview (Skype). At the end of the additional entry requirement you receive our binding study advice. In summary, the online Start assessment comprises the following 5 steps.

1. an online Start assessment

2. a motivation letter to demonstrate your affinity with and experience inthe hospitality industry

3. a CV including a recent picture of you

4. a video presentation (PDF)

5. an interview (Skype)

Together we schedule the assessment, including the core component: the interview (Skype). Soon after the interview you receive our binding, personal study advice. The additional entry requirements is compulsory. Providing that the advice is positive and your entry requirements are approved, you are welcome to join the programme. If you receive negative advice, that means that we consider there to be insufficient match and you will not be allowed to start the programme.

If you have any questions about the additional entry requirements, please contact our international office via the mail address mentioned above.