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Admission and 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. The information below applies to the academic year 2020 – 2021. 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 and Paper Based certificates with a minimum score of 80.
  • 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.

 

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 80 670 169 - 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. 

** 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. 

For students from these countries, the following additional entry requirements apply: 

Additional requirements for students from Bangladesh 

  • Students need at least an A (A-, A or A+) on all subjects on their transcript of records, and a GPA of at least 3.5. 
  • Academic IELTS scores should not be 0.5 points lower than the required overall IELTS score (a 6.0 for bachelor and master programmes, for preparatory courses, see above). 
  • Students with a 2 year gap between their previous education and their desired start date at Saxion are not admissible. 

Additional requirements for students from Nepal 

  • Students from Nepal need an average score of 60% or higher on their transcript of records. 
  • Academic IELTS scores should not be 0.5 points lower than the required overall IELTS score (a 6.0 for bachelor and master programmes, for preparatory courses, see above). 

Students with a 2 year gap between their previous education and their desired start date at Saxion are not admissible. 

Depending on the study programme you choose, a curriculum vitae and motivation letter might need to be uploaded, together with the completion of  an intake interview. This will be shown in the SIS Saxion Portal once you’ve made an application.