Diploma requirements

List of diplomas per country

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. 

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 no rights can be derived from this list and the final decision on admission to the programme will be determined by the International Office.

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

Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie, Academic stream

Certificado de Conclusão do 2° Grau or Certificado de Conclusão de Ensino Médio and 1 or 2 year academic education at an internationally recognized university
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with at least 6 university preparation courses (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

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

Licencia de Enseñanza Media and at least 1 year of academic education at an internationally recognized university
Svjedodžba o (državnoj) maturi

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

European Baccalaureate (Schola Europaea)

  • Ylioppilastutkintotodistus
  • Studentexamenbevis
  • Matriculation Examination Certificate

Baccalauréat Général

Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife

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

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

Gimnaziumi Erettsegi Bizonyitvany

Stúdentspróf (Matriculation Examination), awarded by a Menntaskóli

Standard XII Diploma (Academic Stream) issued by either the CBSE or the CISCE: All India Senior School Certificate/ Higher Secondary Certificate/ Indian School Certificate with A (A1, A2) and B (B1) grades only for 5 relevant subjects or at least 75% for 5 relevant subjects.

Ijazah Sekolah Menengah Atas (SMA) and 1 or 2 years of academic education at an internationally recognized university
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Certificate of Completion of Secondary School Studies + Pre-University Certificate and at least 1 or 2 years academic education at an internationally recognized university

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

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

Vitnemål for Videregående Opplaering, with a clear academic focus

Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci Liceum Ogolnoksztalcacego

Diploma de Bacalaureat (obtained after 2005)

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

Diploma o stečenom srednjem obrazovanju when studied for four years

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

Vysvedčenie o Maturitnej skúške awarded by a Gymnázium

Splošna Matura

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

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

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)

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

VWO Diploma

Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskolan 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 rated school with average grades of at least 80 percent
Atestat pro zagal’nu serednyu osvitu, passing the independent external examination (EIT) and at least 1 year of academic education at an internationally recognized university.

•    At least 3 GCSE’s with grade A*, A, B or C/grade 4-9 + 3 GCE A-levels (A2) with an A*, A, B or C grade  (AS-levels and BTECS are not considered to be equivalent to the Dutch pre-university diploma)
•    Scottish Qualifications Certificate met 2 Advanced Highers (plus 4 Highers)

High School diploma + at least 4 College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exam certificates with grade 3, 4 or 5

Bang Tot Nghiep Pho Thong Trung Hoc and one year of study at an internationally recognized university