Admission requirements

A Dutch pre-University (VWO) diploma qualifies for admission to the Dutch Bachelor 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). Some Bachelor of Science programmes require additional final examinations.

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

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

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

2. Proficiency in English

The Bachelor programmes are taught in Dutch (except for Aerospace Engineering and Applied Earth Sciences which are fully taught in English and Nanobiology which is for a significant part taught in English). 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 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).

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’ for English is required on your secondary school certificate.

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.

3. Proficiency in Dutch

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

If you already have a good knowledge of the Dutch language you can make an appointment to take a placement test at TU Delft’s Centre for Languages and Academic Skills.

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.


The following candidates are exempted from the Dutch language requirements:

  • students who have passed classes until the Dutch VWO 3-level
  • students who intend to register for the English-taught Bachelor programme in Aerospace Engineering

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.

For further details on the Dutch language course we refer to the website:

TU Delft’s Centre for Languages and Academic Skills

See 3.1 for additional details and exemptions concerning the proficiency in Dutch.

3.1 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..

3.2 Bachelor students

To study at the Delft University of Technology you need to have an ‘Admission letter’. The International Office will provide you with this Admission letter if you have complied all the acceptance requirements of Delft University of Technology.

Dutch Language Courses for prospective bachelor students
If you want to start a bachelor programme at Delft University of Technology, you have to take the intensive Dutch course. You can start with this course in August or November (in the year before the start of your Bachelor of Science programme). 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.

International Office
The International Office
can be contacted Mondays to Fridays from 9.00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Campus Address: Jaffalaan 9-A
Phone: 015-2788012

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