Admission requirements

Do you want to start with the Built Environment programme? See if you meet the admission requirements for international students.

International students

An equivalent of the Dutch diplomas of higher general secondary education (havo) or pre-university level (vwo) is generally required to enrol on a study programme at  Breda University of Applied Sciences.

Please, find your level of education in the list of Non-Dutch diplomas compared with the Dutch educational system

After having received your application, we will inform you if you meet the educational requirements. If there is any doubt, we will have your diploma evaluated by Nuffic (the Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education) for advice.

This flowchart of the admission and selection process (pdf) shows how we processes your application.

English language requirements

You will also be required to demonstrate sufficient results on one of these tests:

  • Cambridge C1 Advanced/ Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), with a minimum subscore for Speaking of 169
  • Cambridge C2 Advanced/ Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, with a minimum subscore for Speaking of 169
  • IELTS test (minimum overall band score of 6.0, and minimum subscore of 6.0 for speaking)
  • TOEFL test (minimum score of 80 internet-based, and minimum subscore of 20 for speaking)

Exemptions from taking the English test

You do not need to submit English language test results if:

  • you are a Dutch havo or vwo graduate
  • the language of instruction of the secondary school or university you completed or are completing is English in a native English-speaking country (i.e. one of the following countries: Australia, Canada (Quebec excluded), Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States of America)
  • you have obtained a diploma that is included in the list of diplomas compiled by Nuffic and one of your exam subjects was English. Check the list of diplomas (pdf)

3-year track

If your secondary school diploma is comparable to the Dutch vwo-diploma, you may be eligible for admission into the three-year track.