Language requirement

All courses at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht are taught in Dutch, unless otherwise indicated. For some courses language requirements apply.

All courses at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht are taught in Dutch, unless otherwise indicated. Students who have had their prior education outside The Netherlands or Flanders, must comply with the language requirement.

Exemption Dutch language requirement

If your training was clearly in Dutch, you can apply for an exemption from the Dutch language requirement. HKU will evaluate if you qualify for an exemption based on a certified copy of your diploma and transcript. It is possible HKU requests additional documentation from you.
 

Exemption English language requirement

If your training was clearly in English, you can apply for an exemption from the English language requirement. HKU will evaluate if you qualify for an exemption based on a certified copy of your diploma and transcript. It is possible HKU requests additional documentation from you.

HKU can grant students an exemption from the English language test based on a diploma achieved in some countries in Europe. Download the complete list of countries and diplomas to check to which countries and diplomas an exemption applies.

Requirements

  • Dutch language proficiency* of NT2 - program 2 / CNaVT - profile 'Educatief Professioneel' - ERK C1 (formerly known as PAT) or profiel 'Educatief Startbekwaam' - ERK B2 (formerly known as PTHO).

    * By successfully completing the 18+/21+ exam (Colloqium Doctum) you meet the NT2, program 2 requirement. Please note: this exam is only available in Dutch. Please find more information here.

     

    An English language proficiency is only possible for:

    • Bachelor of Fine Art

    The minimum score should be

    IELTS 6 (academic level) / TOEFL Paper: 550 / TOEFL Computer: 213 / TOEFL Internet: 80 / TOEIC: Listening & Reading 670 + Speaking & Writing 290 / Cambridge Esol: CAE-C, CEFR B2

     
    • Bachelor of Music at HKU Utrechts Conservatorium
    The minimum score should be

    IELTS: 5.5 (academic level) / TOEFL Paper: 525/ TOEFL Computer: 196/ TOEFL Internet: 70, TOEIC: Listening & Reading 620 + Speaking & Writing 260, Cambridge Esol: FCE-C, CEFR B1

     
  • Dutch language proficiency of NT2 - program 2 / CNaVT - profile 'Educatief Professioneel' - ERK C1 (formerly known as PAT) or profiel 'Educatief Startbekwaam' - ERK B2 (formerly known as PTHO) is possible for the:

    • Master Interior Architecture
    • Master Crossover Creativity
    • Master of Music
    • Master of Arts in Education
     

    An English language proficiency is only possible for the:

    • Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design, programme Fine Art
    • Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design, programme Scenography
    • Master of Music

    The minimum score should be

    IELTS: 6 (academic level) / TOEFL Paper: 550/ TOEFL Computer: 213 / TOEFL Internet: 80 / TOEIC: Listening & Reading 670 + Speaking & Writing 290 / Cambridge Esol: CAE-C, CEFR B2

  • Dutch language proficiency of NT2 - program 2 / CNaVT - profile 'Educatief Professioneel' - ERK C1 (formerly known as PAT) or profiel 'Educatief Startbekwaam' - ERK B2 (formerly known as PTHO).

     

    An English language proficiency is only possible for:

    • Music Preparatory Course HKU Utrechts Conservatorium and Music Pre-master at HKU Utrechts Conservatorium

    The minimum score should be

    IELTS: 5 (academic level) / TOEFL Paper: 500 / TOEFL Internet: 60 / TOEIC: Listening & Reading 620 + Speaking & Writing 260 / Cambridge Esol: FCE-C, CEFR B1

Deadline language test

Please send a copy of the certificate of your test before 1 May in order to enroll in September! We understand that this deadline can be problematic because of the corona crisis. Contact us if you cannot meet this deadline, we will look for a solution.

IELTS and TOEFL

You can find more information about the English language tests on www.toefl.org and www.ielts.org.

To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL test at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test. Read more about the conditions for this test.

NT2 language test

Please visit the website Staatsexamen NT2 to find more information about the NT2 Dutch Language test.

Be aware! Plan your language test in time. It may take some time before you can take the test and before the results are known.

Chinese students

Chinese students who apply for the English Bachelor or Master courses must submit a Nuffic Certificate before 1 July in order to apply for a Study MVV.

The Nuffic Certificate provides an assessment of your English language skills and your educational degrees and diplomas required to gain admission. For more information, see https://www.studyinholland.nl/nuffic-certificate.

Learning Dutch

Although most Dutch speak English very well, it is advisable to learn at least some Dutch. Read more about learning Dutch.