Entry Requirements

Here you can find the general entry requirements to Saxion's courses. Please note that there can be additional requirements for the course you want to apply for. Check the programme details for specific requirements!

Are you a Dutch student applying for one of our English taught programmes? Please check the entry requirements for Dutch students.

General entry requirements

For all Saxion pathways the following general entry requirements are necessary:

  • The student must demonstrate that they have the ability, motivation and determination to successfully complete the course;
  • The student must be admissible to Higher Education through a diploma of secondary education/high school diploma with good results such as for Dutch students VWO, HAVO or MBO and for foreign students diplomas which are equivalent to e.g. the German Abitur (algemeine Hochschulreife), the British GCE A-levels or (I) GCSE grades A, B or C, the French Baccalaureate or the American High School (top stream or plus 1 year's college);
  • The student must have sufficient English language skills for the specific course.

The students’ qualifications will be assessed by the Admission Officer of the specific Course on the basis of provided Diplomas, Curriculum Vitae, a letter of motivation and if necessary an Intake Interview.

English language proficiency

For our English taught Bachelor and Master programmes, an academic IELTS with an overall band score of 6.0 (six) is required. For other accepted language tests, the table below applies.

English Language Test Scores
IELTS TOEFL Paper Based TOEFL Internet Based TOEIC Cambridge English Score*
5.0 500 60 600 154 - 161
5.5 525 70 620 162 - 168
6.0 550 79 670 169 - 175
6.5 575 90 720 176 - 184
7.0 600 100 780 185 - 190
7.5 625 113 790 191 - 199

* Cambridge English Score: check the conversion tool to convert your test scores to the Cambridge English Scale.
European student? Please check the specific language requirements for European Students!

Specific requirements

Next to the general entry requirements, which apply to all students, for each level of entrance specific requirements are needed.

Entrance to the first year of the 4-year Bachelor Courses

English requirements are Academic IELTS 6.0, see table above.

Entrance to the final year Bachelors

  • Having completed three years of higher education in the discipline of further study.
  • Or a Bachelors Degree in any branch of study.

The students’ qualifications will be assessed by the Admission Officer of the specific Course on the basis of provided Diplomas, Curriculum Vitae, a letter of motivation and if necessary an Intake Interview.

Entrance to our Preparatory Courses

Prospective students are required to apply for their future four-year course, final-year or Masters programme at the same time they seek entry to the Preparatory courses. The reason for this is to ascertain if they have the proper previous education for their intended future studies.

Preparatory Year
It is essential that prospective students have already reached a score of IELTS 5.0 so that the starting level is in line with the level (IELTS 6.0) they have to achieve to get admission to courses of higher education.

Preparatory Semester
It is essential that prospective students have already reached a score of IELTS 5.5 so that the starting level is in line with the level (IELTS 6.0) they have to achieve to get admission to courses of higher education.

Preparatory Short Track
It is essential that prospective students have already reached a score of IELTS 5.5 (minimum score for listening and speaking 5.0) so that the starting level is in line with the level (IELTS 6.0) they have to achieve to get admission to courses of higher education.

Specific requirements for European students

To enter our Bachelor and Master courses, an IELTS 6.0 (or comparable level of English proficiency) is necessary. 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.