Requirements

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 2022 – 2023. 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 mbo4 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.

***Important notice: To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT® test at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test in selected areas. The test is identical in content, format and on-screen experience to the TOEFL iBT test taken at a test center. It is taken on your own computer at home and is securely monitored by a human proctor online through ProctorU®. For further information check here.

If you’ve applied for an English programme, you will have to fulfill the English language requirements.

  • IELTS: we accept Academic IELTS certificates with a minimum Bandscore of 6.0.
  • ***TOEFL: we accept TOEFL Internet Based certificates with a minimum score of 80 and TOEFL Paper Based certificates with a minimum score of 550.
  • Cambridge language assessment: we accept Cambridge Language Assessment certificates with a minimum score of 169 – First, Advanced, Proficiency.
  • Official statement English bachelor or master: if the medium of instruction of your bachelor or master studies was in English, please provide us with an official signed and stamped statement from your university in which they state that the medium of instruction of the entire curriculum was in English.
  • Exemption based on previous education: In some cases, European students can be exempted from submitting an English proficiency test. Please check Nuffic's diploma list to see if you have to supply an official English language test.

Please note that we do not accept language tests/certificates older than 2 years.

IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC en Cambridge English grades & scale

IELTS TOEFL Paper Based TOEFL Internet Based TOEIC** Cambridge English Score*
Listening and Reading Speaking and Writing
5.0 500 60 600 240 154 - 161
5.5 525 70 620 260 162 - 168
6.0 550 80 670 290 169 - 175
6.5 575 90 720 310 176 - 184
7.0 600 100 780 350 185 - 190
7.5 625 113 790 400 191 - 199

Cambridge English Score: check the conversion tool to convert your test scores to the Cambridge English Scale. 

** All parts, namely 'Speaking and Writing' ánd 'Listening and Reading', must meet the score requirements. 

Prospective preparatory students are required to apply for their future programme (bachelor, master, etc) at the same time as their application for  the preparatory course. The reason for this is to establish whether they meet all other entry requirements for their intended future studies. 
 
Preparatory Year 
Prospective students must have an IELTS score of at least 5.0 so that the starting level is in line with the target score (IELTS 6.0) necessary to get admission to courses in higher education. 
 
Preparatory Semester 
Prospective students must have an IELTS score of at least 5.5 so that the starting level is in line with the target score (IELTS 6.0) necessary to get admission to courses in higher education. 

Specific requirements for students from Bangladesh and Nepal for Preparatory courses:

  • Minimum Academic IELTS scores per item (listening, reading, writing, speaking) should not be 0.5 points lower than the required overall IELTS score
  • Students with a >2 year gap (Master students >3 year gap) between their previous education and their desired start date at Saxion are not admissible
  • A skype interview is part of the admission procedure

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 internationaloffice@saxion.nl.

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.