Admission requirements

To be accepted as a student there are certain university admission requirements you have to meet. These are dependent on your chosen field of study and your level of English. Information given below explains our general, additional and language requirements.

General requirements

To qualify for general university admission, you are required to have a diploma equivalent to the Dutch Secondary Education Diploma (HAVO/VWO). To see if your diploma qualifies, check our list of foreign acceptable diplomas.

Additional requirements

Depending on your chosen programme, there may be additional entry requirements you have to meet. These additional requirements can be found in the description of each specific course or study on our website.

Additional and language requirements

Study ProgrammeAdditional RequirementsLanguage Requirements
International Business

A good command of written and spoken English. Your level of English should be equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.0.

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0
Tourism Management
(Bachelor or Associate degree)
No extra requirementsEquivalent to IELTS 6.0
Information and Communication TechnologyNo extra requirementsEquivalent to IELTS 6.0
Civil EngineeringPhysics and mathematics*Equivalent to IELTS 6.0
Water ManagementGood knowledge of one or more to the following subjects: biology, chemistry, mathematics or economicsEquivalent to IELTS 6.0
ChemistryChemistry and mathematics*
Biology would be an advantage
Equivalent to IELTS 6.0
Logistics EngineeringMathematics*

Economics or physics would be an advantage
Equivalent to IELTS 6.0
Industrial Engineering & ManagementMathematics*
Economics or physics would be an advantage
Equivalent to IELTS 6.0
Master River Delta DevelopmentBachelor's degree or an equivalent qualification from a recognized university (of applied sciences) or accredited academic institution in a discipline related to the Master's programme (certified copy of a diploma together with the official transcript of academic records).

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0

Global Project and Change ManagementMathematics*Equivalent to IELTS 6.0

* You must have taken this subject as an exam subject in your secondary school curriculum

Language Requirements

All courses and examinations will be in English, so you need a good command of spoken and written English. The level required for admission should be an equivalent of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.0. For the scores of other accepted language tests than IELTS, the table below applies.

Provided that the student has the subject English on the final grade list.

IELTS Academic
The IELTS Academic test is suitable for those wanting to study in an English-speaking environment or university (higher education).


TOEFL applicants need to request an additional score report through the TOEFL – ETS organization (HZ UAS code number 6722). ETS will send an official score report to HZ UAS directly.

We also accept the TOEFL Home Edition Test.

Language exemptions

Candidates with an International Baccalaureate (subject 'English A Language and Literature HL or SL’ / 'English B Language and Literature HL’) and/or with a diploma from an International School do not have to take the mandatory English test. Provided that the student has the subject English on the final grade list.

European Baccalaureate students with at least 50% of the subjects taught in English (additional required subjects should be taught in English) as well as a first foreign language as well as students with a French Baccalauréat diploma including the ‘Section Européenne Anglais/Option Internationale’ are also exempt from the English language requirement.

If you graduated in The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Ireland, United States, Canada (except Quebec), Malta, Australia or New-Zealand or if you are holding a diploma (including English as an exam subject) listed on the diploma list, drawn up on behalf of the associations of institutions of higher education, you do not need to take a mandatory English test. Provided that your final grade for English language on your diploma is sufficient.

Alternative entrance

If you do not meet the above education requirements and if you are at least 21 years old you may be exempted from the general admission requirement. HZ provides the possibility of taking an alternative entrance exam.