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Biomedical Sciences Diploma requirements

Applicants holding a non-Dutch pre-university diploma must meet a number of requirements to be eligible for admission to the Bachelor's programme Biomedical Sciences.

In this list we have included examples of accepted diplomas.

Please note that our diploma list may be updated for future intakes. No rights can be derived from this list and the final decision on admission to the programme will be determined by the International Office.

The International Office reviews all applications individually due to their distinctive nature. Therefore, the only way to determine whether you are eligible for admission is by submitting an official application via Studielink and providing all required documentation in our student portal VUnet. After you have done so you will be informed whether you are eligible for admission by one of our International Student Advisors.

Next to the general admission requirements, the Bachelor’s programme Biomedical Sciences has its own specific admission requirements and these requirements will be taken into consideration while assessing your application. We will have a look at your transcripts to determine whether your diploma is equivalent to the Dutch VWO-diploma and whether your Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics level is sufficient. You also need to submit a proof of sufficient proficiency in English (you can find all accepted tests, exemptions and scores on our Language Requirements webpage).

For more information check the Bachelor's programme Biomedical Sciences page

Diploma/Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics/English:

  • Asia

    India

    Diploma: All India Senior School Certificate (CBSE) with A1, A2 or B1 grades in 5 academic subjects/

    Indian School Certificate (CISCE) with at least a 75% GPA calculated over the results of 5 academic subjects

    Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics English language test needed?
    5 academic subjects including Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics with A1, A2 or B1 grades or with at least 75% GPAYes
  • Europe

    Austria

    Diploma: Reifezeugnis/Reifeprüfungszeugnis 

    Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics English language test needed?
    Final examinations in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics Yes

    Estonia

    Diploma: Gümnaasiumi lõputunnistus

    Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics English language test needed?
    State exam (Riigieksamitunnistus) subjects in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics  Yes

    France

    Diploma: Baccalauréat Général

    Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics English language test needed?

    Year 11:

    Mathématiques (4 hours) 

    Physique-Chimie 

    Sciences de la Vie et de la Terre (SVT)

     

    Year 12: 

    Physique-Chimie (6 hours) 

    Sciences de la Vie et de la Terre (6 hours) 

    Mathématiques (complementáires) (3 hours) 

    Yes
    N.B. Students in the OIB (British/American) are exempt.

    Germany

    Diploma: Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife

    Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics English language test needed?
    Physics and Chemistry as Grundkurs and Biology as Leistungsfach + Mathematics Grundkurs as Prüfungsfach or Mathematics erhöhtem Anforderungsniveau (eA)/LeistungsfachYes

    Greece

    Diploma: Apolityrio Genikou Lykeiou with an overall average of at least 16/20

    Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics English language test needed?
    At least 16/20 for Biology and Chemistry; 14/20 for Mathematics and PhysicsYes

    Ireland

    Diploma: Leaving Certificate (at least 6 exam subjects including at least 2 subjects on a Higher Level with grades A, B or C or H1-H4)

    Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics English language test needed?
    Biology and Chemistry Higher Level + Mathematics and Physics Ordinary LevelExempt if the diploma was obtained in Ireland

    Italy

    Diploma: Diploma di Superamento dell’Esame di Stato Conclusivo

    Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics English language test needed?
    Liceo Scientifico, including Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics + exams in these 4 subjects in the final yearYes

    Latvia

    Diploma: Atestāts par vispārējo vidējo izglītību 

    Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics English language test needed?
    Final state exams in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and MathematicsYes

    Luxembourg

    Diploma: Diplôme de fin d'études secondaires

    Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics English language test needed?
    Profile Sciences Naturelles-Mathématiques + exams in these 4 subjects in the final yearYes

    Romania

    Diploma: Diploma de Bacalaureat 

    Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics English language test needed?
    Natural sciences/ Mathematics-Informatics streams including having followed the subjects Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics up until the final yearYes

    Spain

    Diploma: Bachillerato (Titulo de Bachiller) and the Prueba de Acceso a Estudios Universitarios (PAU) or the Evaluación de Bachillerato para el Acceso a la Universidad (EBAU) / Evaluación para el Acceso a la Universidad (EVAU) with a score of at least 6.0 (apto)

    Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics English language test needed?
    Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics + exams in these 4 subjects (min. grade of 5,0 at PAU/EBAU/EVAU in each subject)Yes

    Sweden

    Diploma: Högskoleförberedande Examen från Gymnasieskolan with one of the following programmes: Naturvetenskapsprogrammet, Teknikprogrammet, Ekonomiprogrammet, Samhällsvetenskapsprogrammet, Humanistiska programmet, Estetiska programmet

    Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics English language test needed?
    Including BIO2, CHEM2, Physics2 and at least Maths 3 Yes

    Turkey

    Diploma: Lise Diplomasi from a highly ranked high school with at least a GPA of 80% over the last four years.

    Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics English language test needed?
    GPA of at least 80% for Biology (min 4 hours weekly), Chemistry (min 4 hours weekly), Mathematics (min 4 hours weekly) and Physics (min 4 hours weekly) over your final two years. Yes

    United Kingdom

    Diploma: At least 3 GCE A-levels (A2) in general, academic subjects with an A*, A, B or C grade + 3 GCSE’s with grade A*, A, B or C/grade 4-9 in six different subjects

    Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics English language test needed?
    A-levels in Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics and an AS-level in Physics OR A-levels in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics and an AS-level in Mathematics. All subjects need to be completed with a grade A, B or CExempt if the diploma was obtained in the UK
  • North America

    USA

    Diploma: High school diploma with at least 4 College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exam certificates, with minimum grade 3

    Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics English language test needed?
    AP exam certificate in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Calculus AB or BC (graded 3, 4 or 5)Exempt if the diploma was obtained in the USA
  • South America

    Surinam

    Diploma: VWO Diploma

    Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics English language test needed?
    Biologie, Scheikunde, Natuurkunde en Wiskunde Q of 1/CNo
  • International

    European Baccalaureate

    Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics English language test needed?
    Biology; written or oral examinations, at least 4 hours during the Orientation Cycle. Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics; written or oral examination, at least 3 hours during the Orientation CycleExempt with English L1 or L2, minimum grade 6

    International Baccalaureate Diploma

    Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics English language test needed?
    Mathematics SL/HL, Applications & Interpretation HL, Analysis & Approaches SL/HL, Physics SL/HL, Chemistry SL/HL and Biology HLExempt if language of instruction is English

    VASVU

    Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics English language test needed?
    VWO Biologie, VWO Scheikunde, VWO Wiskunde A, VWO NatuurkundeThe VASVU English exam does not suffice to meet the English language requirements, so an additional language test is required (see the Language requirements page for accepted proof of sufficient proficiency in English)
  • Oceania

    New Zealand

    Diploma: NCEA Level 3 (with sufficient credits from general level 3 subjects)

    Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics English language test needed?
    Subjects must include Biology, Chemistry, Physics and MathematicsExempt if the diploma was obtained in New Zealand