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Dutch language requirements

If you would like to do a Master's degree programme taught in Dutch, you must meet the Dutch language requirements. You can either meet these requirements if the exemption criteria below apply to you, or, if they do not, you can fulfil the Dutch language requirements by successfully taking a language proficiency examination in Dutch. The deadline for submitting the Dutch language test is 1 August.

  • Exemptions

    The following documents are accepted as proof of sufficient command of the Dutch language, and therefore exempt you from taking the language proficiency examination. If you have obtained any of these documents, please upload these in MyInfo. This will automatically result in an exemption; you don't have to submit a formal exemption request.

    • Belgium: Flemish Community: Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs
    • Germany: Abitur with Niederländisch as Prüfungsfach or Leistungsfach, University Zwischenprüfung Niederländisch
    • Suriname: VWO diploma from Suriname,  Propedeuse diploma (Anton de Kom Universiteit), or HAVO with an HBO propedeuse.
    • Dutch as Second Language (NT2-II) state examination
    • Dutch professional education: MBO or HBO diploma (Dutch-taught programmes only)
    • Dutch primary and secondary education: primary school and three years in secondary school in the Netherlands with at least a grade of 6 on the final transcript
    • Dutch-taught Bachelor’s degree from a Dutch academic university
    • Certificate Dutch as a Foreign Language (CNaVT):  Profiel Academische Taalvaardigheid (PAT) and  Profiel Taalvaardigheid Hoger Onderwijs (PTHO).  ITNA certificaat, B2 (Inter Universitaire Taaltest voor Anderstaligen).
    • The Netherlands Antilles and Aruba: VWO diploma or any diploma from a Dutch institute of higher education
    • United Kingdom: British General Certificate of Education (GCE) with an advanced level (A-level) in Dutch, International GCE with First Language Dutch
    • Other diplomas: European Baccalaureate with Dutch as first or second language, International Baccalaureate with Dutch A at Higher Level (HL) or Standard Level (SL), International Baccalaureate with Dutch B at Higher Level (HL), Certificate of exemption given by the director of the Institute for Dutch Language Education (INTT) of the University of Amsterdam

    If you do not possess any of the documents above, but you have good reasons to believe you should be exempted from taking an official Dutch language test, you will have to submit a formal exemption request (see below).

    In all other cases you must take the Dutch as Second Language (NT2-II) state examination.

  • Formal exemption request

    If you do not fit any of the categories listed above, but you have good reasons to believe you should be exempted from taking an official Dutch language test, you will need to ask formal permission from the Examinations Board.

    Please note: you may only request a formal exemption from the Examinations Board after you have registered in Studielink for the correct Master’s programme and have gathered all your application documents, you have started your Humanities Master's application and have uploaded all the required application documents in MyInfo. 

    Deadline for formal exemption request:

    Non-EU nationals 16 January 2020
    EU nationals 15 July 2020

    Your Master’s application will only be processed once you have received and uploaded a formal exemption letter to MyInfo, and submitted your Master’s application. If you have not received a response from the Examinations Board by the application deadline, you are required to submit a copy of your exemption request to the Examination Board, showing the date you submitted this request. Please upload this email to your MyInfo page before submitting your application. If you submit an application in MyInfo without your proof of exemption letter, your proof of your exemption request or a Dutch language test report that meets our requirements, your application will not be considered.

    Please note that:

    • Exemption requests may take up to 6 weeks to process. Your MA application will not be processed until the exemption request has been finalised. It is the student’s own responsibility to arrange a timely exemption request.
    • You will need to submit a formal request for exemption to the Examinations Board, accompanied by formal and independent reports that may be considered equivalents of our English language admission requirements. Personal statements do not suffice.
    • If you have taken multiple Dutch language tests, and on each of these tests you do not meet the required scores for different components, this will not be considered as sufficient basis to receive an exemption.
    • If you are granted a formal exemption, upload the email on your MyInfo page as soon as possible.
  • Dutch as Second Language (NT2-II) state examination

    Dutch language courses are offered at the Institute for Dutch Language Education (INTT) of the UvA. Students will be admitted to these courses only if the evaluation of their diploma or diplomas shows that preparatory education is sufficient for admission to the university. 

    The deadline for submitting the Dutch language test is 1 August.

    The course takes place four times a year. If you are an absolute beginner, it is recommended that you start the Dutch language course in September. It will take you approximately one year before you have a sufficient command of the Dutch language to pass the required state examination 'Dutch as a second language, programme II' (NT2-II). 

    For German students

    There is a special summer course for German students. Experience has shown that most German students are able to learn Dutch within two months. The INTT summer course is a six-week course. Approximately 75 per cent of students pass the state examination after this course.

    Taking the course online

    There is currently no on-site education at the UvA. Courses of the Institute for Dutch Language Education (INTT) will continue online. The teaching practice and teaching method are adapted to the special circumstances in which we now live but the course content and learning objectives remain the same. For more information, visit the INTT website.

  • Information for hbo students

    Students who have completed an English-taught Bachelor's programme (or the first year thereof) at a Dutch university of applied sciences (hbo) can take an intensive Dutch language course at the Institute for Dutch Language Education (INTT) of the UvA in order to prepare for the NT2-II exam.

    If you have completed a Dutch-taught hbo Bachelor's programme or propedeuse, you are exempt from taking a Dutch language test.

Preparing abroad

To find information about preparing for the NT2-II Dutch language proficiency exam in your own country, please visit the Study in Holland website.

English language requirements 

If you are looking to enrol in a Master's programme taught in English and would like to find out about the accompanying English language requirements, please follow the link below.