Sorry! De informatie die je zoekt, is enkel beschikbaar in het Engels.

List of diplomas per country

The diplomas of the countries in the list below are considered to meet the general admission requirement of holding a secondary education diploma that gives access to Dutch universities. 

If your country is not on this list, it might still be possible to gain admission. Your International Student Advisor will assess each application individually.

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, each Bachelor’s programme has its own specific admission requirements and these requirements will be taken into consideration while assessing your application. Please check the specific admission requirements on the page of your Bachelor's degree programme.

For International Students

  • Africa


    Attestation du Baccalauréat and at least 1 or 2 years academic education at an internationally recognised university.

    South Africa

    National Senior Certificate and at least 1 year academic education at an internationally recognised university.

  • Asia


    Senior middle school graduation certificate (Gaozhong), a high Gaokao score and/or one year of study at an internationally recognised university

    Hong Kong

    • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with all subjects level 3-5
    • Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE) - Advanced Level


    • All India Senior School Certificate (CBSE) with A1, A2 or B1 grades in 5 academic subjects
    • Indian School Certificate (CISCE) with least a 75% GPA calculated over the results of 5 academic subjects 
    • Migration Cum Transfer Certificate of the Senior Secondary School Examination (NIOS) with a score of A, B of C in 5 academic subjects


    Ijazah Sekolah Menengah Atas (SMA) obtained at a highly ranked school with a grade average of at least 80%


    Certificate of Completion of Secondary School Studies + Pre-University Certificate and at least 1 or 2 years academic education at an internationally recognised university


    Cambridge GCE A level in 3 H2 + 1 H1 content-based subjects + General Paper/Knowledge and Inquiry (5 different subjects in total)

    South Korea

    High School Certificate and one year of study at an internationally recognised university

    Sri Lanka

    Sri Lankan General Certificate of Education Advanced level with at least three subjects at GCE-A level with minimum grade C


    • Bang Tot Nghiep Pho Thong Trung Hoc and one year of study at an internationally recognised university
    • Bang Tot Nghiep Pho Thong Trung Hoc obtained at a high school for the gifted with a minimum GPA of 80%
  • Europe


    Diplomë e Maturës Shtetërore / Diploma e Maturës Shteteröre Profesionale


    Reifeprüfung/Matura, awarded by an Allgemeinbildende Höhere Schule


    • Algemeen Secondair Onderwijs (ASO)
    • Certificat d’enseignement Sécondaire Supérieur

    Bosnia and Herzegovina

    • Diploma o položenom maturskom ispitu (RS)
    • Diploma o završenoj srednjoj školi (FiBH) (Secondary School Leaving Diploma)


    Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie, Academic stream


    Svjedodžba o (državnoj) maturi


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

    Czech Republic

    Vysvědčení o maturitní zkoušce obtained at a Gymnázium


    • Studentereksamenbevis (STX)
    • Bevis for Højere Forberedelseseksamen (HF)


    Gümnaasiumi lõputunnistus with the Riigieksamitunnistus (state exam) including at least 3 state exam subjects


    • Ylioppilastutkintotodistus
    • Studentexamenbevis
    • Matriculation Examination Certificate


    Baccalauréat Général


    Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife


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


    Gimnaziumi Erettsegi Bizonyitvany


    Stúdentspróf (Matriculation Examination), awarded by a Menntaskóli


    Leaving Certificate with at least 6 exam subjects of which at least 2 subjects at higher level with a result of A, B or C, or with a result of H1-H4


    Diploma di Superamento dell’Esame di Stato Conclusivo, awarded by a Liceo Classico/Scientifico/Linguistico/Scienze Humane.


    Atestāts par vispārējo vidējo izglītību




    Brandos Atestatas from a Gimnazija or Licejus


    Diplôme de Fin d'Études Secondaires - Général


    Diploma za položena državna matura


    Matriculation Certificate Examination, awarded by University of Malta


    Vitnemål for Videregående Opplaering, with a clear academic focus


    Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci Liceum Ogolnoksztalcacego


    Diploma or Certificado Nivel Secundário Educação in the Cursos Científicos Humanisticos stream, an official Certidão (de Habilitações) with a Média Final of at least 14 (out of 20) and the Classificações para Acesso ao Ensino Superior (ENES) with scores of at least 12 (out of 20) over 4 national (entrance) exams


    Diploma de Bacalaureat (obtained after 2005)

    Russian Federation

    Attestat o Srednem (Polnom) Obshchem Obrazovanii and at least 1 year academic education at an internationally recognised university


    Diploma o stečenom srednjem obrazovanju when studied for four years


    Vysvedčenie o Maturitnej skúške awarded by a Gymnázium


    Splošna Matura


    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)


    Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskolan or Högskoleförberedande Examen with one of the following programmes:

    • Ekonomiprogrammet/ Business Management and Economics Programme
    • Estetiska programmet/ Arts Programme
    • Humanistiska programmet/ Humanities Programme
    • Naturvetenskapsprogrammet/ Natural Science Programme
    • Samhällsvetenskapsprogrammet/ Social Science Programme
    • Teknikprogrammet/ Technology Programme


    • Maturity Certificate
    • Maturitätszeugnis
    • Maturitätsausweis
    • Certificat de Maturité


    Lise Diplomasi obtained at a highly ranked school with a cumulative GPA of 80 percent on the final diploma


    Atestat pro zagal’nu serednyu osvitu, passing the independent external examination (EIT) and at least 1 year of academic education at an internationally recognised university.

    United Kingdom

    Applicants from the United Kingdom can find further information about admission on the information page for UK applicants.

    GCE A-levels

    • 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.
      Note that AS-levels and BTECS are not considered to be equivalent to the Dutch pre-university diploma. When you apply, upload your GCSE results + predicted A-level grades (official school statement).
    • Scottish Qualifications Certificate with 2 Advanced Highers (plus 4 Highers)
  • Latin America


    Certificado de Conclusão do 2° Grau or Certificado de Conclusão de Ensino Médio and 1 or 2 year academic education at an internationally recognised university.


    Licencia de Enseñanza Media and at least 1 year of academic education at an internationally recognised university.


    VWO Diploma

  • North America


    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with at least 6 university preparation courses (U or M level) with a minimum average score of 70% for these subjects (Ontario)
    • Diploma d’Etudes Collégiales (DEC) préuniversitaire (Quebec)
    • High School Diploma with a relatively large number of academic courses in grades 11 and 12 with good grades

    United States of America

    • High School diploma + at least 4 College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exam certificates* with grade 3, 4 or 5.
      *AP Seminar, AP Research, AP Capstone and vocational subjects are not accepted.
    • Associate in Arts/Sciences degree (transfer program) with a clear academic curriculum and good GPA (3.0 or higher). These diplomas are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • Oceania

    New Zealand

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

  • International

    European Baccalaureate

    European Baccalaureate (Schola Europaea)

    International A-levels

     3 IGCE A-levels in in general, academic subjects with an A*, A, B or C grade

    International Baccalaureate Diploma

    International Baccalaureate Diploma. Only the full diploma is accepted.


For questions please contact the International Office

Send your questions to