Admission requirements

A Dutch pre-University (VWO) diploma qualifies for admission to the Dutch Bachelor's programmes of TU Delft. If you do not have a Dutch pre-university diploma (VWO), the following requirements apply:

1. Non-Dutch Secondary school diploma

1.1 A secondary school diploma which is considered to be equivalent to the Dutch pre-university (VWO) diploma:

1.2 Other secondary school diplomas considered to be equivalent to the Dutch pre-university (VWO) diploma (on the condition that the student has passed at least the final examinations in mathematics, physics and English). Please note: some Bachelor’s programmes require additional final examinations.

1.3. Some Examples of secondary school diplomas not considered to be equivalent to the Dutch pre-university diploma:

  • Baccalaureat de l’Enseignement Secondaire (Marocco)*
  • Gaozhong (China)**
  • Lise Diplomasi (Turkey)*
  • National Senior Certificate (NSC)*
  • NECO Certificate (Nigeria)*
  • SMA diploma (Indonesia)*
  • West African Senior School Certificate (WAEC)*

*Additional we require you to have finished one year at a recognised Science University (including the required Science subjects for the specific Bachelor of Science programme of your choice).Please note that no rights can be derived from this information and the final eligibility/admissibility to the programme will always be determined by the Admission Office.

** If the student passed the Gaokao entrance exam and he has obtained admission to a ‘Project 211’ university, the student’s level is considered to be equivalent to the pre-university Dutch VWO diploma.

2. Proficiency in English

The Bachelor's programmes are taught in Dutch (except for Aerospace Engineering, Nanobiology, and Applied Earth Sciences). However most of the books and teaching materials are in English. As the university does not offer preliminary English language courses you are required to take one of the following language tests: the TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or the University of Cambridge: ‘First Certificate in English’, Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) or Certificate in Advanced English (CAE). Please visit the TOEFL or IELTS websites for more information about the tests and the examination procedure.

The required minimum scores are:

  • TOEFL 70 (internet based) or
  • IELTS 5.5 (Academic version, Overall Band Score) or
  • Cambridge (University of Cambridge, ‘First Certificate in English’) - Grade B

Please note that the required minimum scores for the Bachelor's programmes in Aerospace Engineering, Applied Earth Sciences and Nanobiology are:

  • TOEFL iBT 90 (internet based) or
  • IELTS 6.5 (Academic version, Overall Band Score) or 
  • Cambridge (University Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE).

Certificates older than two years (this is the date on which your certificate has arrived at TU Delft's Central International Office) are not accepted. As the whole process of collecting information, registering for the tests and receiving the test results may take several months, we advise you to register for the Cambridge (University Certificate of Proficiecy in English (CPE) or Cambride Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), IELTS or TOEFL several months before starting your application.

The following applicants are exempted from the English test requirement:

  •  Nationals from the USA, U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada
  • Applicants with a secondary school diploma (pre-university certificate), considered equivalent to the Dutch pre-university education (according to the Treaty of Lisbon) with English as a final examination subject. Please note that for the Bachelor programme in Aerospace Engineering, Nanobiology, and Applied Earth Sciences a ‘pass’ (sufficient score) for English is required on your secondary school certificate.

3. Proficiency in Dutch

Note: In order to start the Dutch language course or take a placement test you will need to be (conditional) admitted to a Bachelor of a Science programme on forehand by The International Office of Delft University of Technology (besides your registration in studielink). Registration in Studielink and obtaining admission at TU Delft are 2 separate procedures.

3.1 Dutch Language Courses for prospective bachelor students

A good command of the Dutch language is required for the Bachelor programmes (except for the English taught Aerospace Engineering, Applied Earth Sciences  and Nanobiology) 

If you don’t have any knowledge of the Dutch language you are required to take the language course offered by: TU Delft’s Centre for Languages and Academic Skills.

You can start with this course only in August or September (in the year before the start of your Bachelor of Science programme). You need to apply for this course before June, 1. The course consists of:

1.     Beginners course (the Green book)

2.     Intermediate course (the Second round)

3.     Advanced course (the Third round)

4.     Language of Science or Language of Architecture

5.     Prospective students for Civil Engineering or Chemical Engineering have to study an extra syllabus.

3.2 Dutch Summer Course

Native German, Norwegian, Danish or Swedish speakers, can register for an intensive ‘Dutch Summer Course’. The course, which is organised by the TU Delft Institute of Technology & Communication, runs from the beginning of July through the middle of August. The registration deadline for this course is in the middle of May. Please note that the Dutch Summer Course will only take place if there is sufficient registration. For further information we refer to the website of the Institute of Technology & Communication: the Centre for Languages and Academic Skills.

3.3 Placement test

If you already have some knowledge of the Dutch language you have to take a placement test. The result will indicate which level is most suitable for your purposes. The written part of the test takes 1,5 hours and will normally be followed by an interview with a teacher. To make an appointment for a placement test please go to the secretary’s office

Please note that the ‘NT2/II’ Dutch language certificate does not qualify for admission. If  you are in possession of an NT2-II (‘National Examination’) certificate you have to follow one of mandatory scientific language courses.

3.4 Exemptions

The following candidates are exempted from the Dutch language requirements:

  • students who have passed classes until the Dutch VWO 4-level
  • students who intend to register for the English-taught Bachelor programme in Aerospace Engineering, Nanobiology and Applied Earth Sciences


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