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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

    Marocco

    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

    China

    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

    India

    • 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

    Indonesia

    Ijazah Sekolah Menengah Atas (SMA) obtained at a highly ranked school with a grade average of at least 75% + SKHUN

    Iran

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

    Singapore

    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

    Vietnam

    • 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

    Albania

    Diplomë e Maturës Shtetërore / Diploma e Maturës Shteteröre Profesionale

    Austria

    Reifeprüfung/Matura, awarded by an Allgemeinbildende Höhere Schule

    Belgium

    • 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)

    Bulgaria

    Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie, Academic stream

    Croatia

    Svjedodžba o (državnoj) maturi

    Cyprus

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

    Czech Republic

    Vysvědčení o maturitní zkoušce obtained at a Gymnázium

    Denmark

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

    Estonia

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

    Finland

    • Ylioppilastutkintotodistus
    • Studentexamenbevis
    • Matriculation Examination Certificate

    France

    Baccalauréat Général

    Germany

    Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife

    Greece

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

    Hungary

    Gimnaziumi Erettsegi Bizonyitvany

    Iceland

    Stúdentspróf (Matriculation Examination), awarded by a Menntaskóli

    Ireland

    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

    Italy

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

    Latvia

    Atestāts par vispārējo vidējo izglītību

    Liechtenstein

    Matura

    Lithuania

    Brandos Atestatas from a Gimnazija or Licejus

    Luxembourg

    Diplôme de Fin d'Études Secondaires - Général

    Macedonia

    Diploma za položena državna matura

    Malta

    Matriculation Certificate Examination, awarded by University of Malta

    Norway

    Vitnemål for Videregående Opplaering, with a clear academic focus

    Poland

    Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci Liceum Ogolnoksztalcacego

    Romania

    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

    Serbia

    Diploma o stečenom srednjem obrazovanju when studied for four years

    Slovakia

    Vysvedčenie o Maturitnej skúške awarded by a Gymnázium

    Slovenia

    Splošna Matura

    Spain

    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)

    Sweden

    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

    Switzerland

    • Maturity Certificate
    • Maturitätszeugnis
    • Maturitätsausweis
    • Certificat de Maturité

    Turkey

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

    Ukraine

    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

    Brazil

    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.

    Chile

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

    Suriname

    VWO Diploma

  • North America

    Canada

    • 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.

Contact

For questions please contact the International Office

Send your questions to international@vu.nl.