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For each programme at Fontys University of Applied Sciences, specific admission requirements and application procedures apply. Please refer to the course programme of your choice for further instructions. If you meet all the admission requirements, we will invite you to apply for enrolment.

Study choice check

Fontys offers prospective students a Study Choice Check to support them in their study orientation and study choice process. Participation in the Study Choice Check is not compulsory for students applying for admission on the basis of an international diploma.

The main goal of the Study Choice Check is to determine how well your study programme suits your interests. This will benefit the chances of you enjoying your study time and succeeding at Fontys and ultimately also in your career. The Study Choice Check is a final confirmation to help you to decide. This will help you feel more confident, whatever your choice may be.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact your study programme.

The course of events surrounding the Study Choice Check and the study choice advice are detailed in the Study Choice Check rules. Specific details for each study programme are included in the Teaching and Examination Regulations of the study programme concerned.

21+ assessment test

Information regarding the 21+ assessment test for English Fontys bachelor programmes

Are you a student from the Netherlands, and do you want to follow an English bachelor programme? Please follow this link for more information in Dutch and for registration for the 21+ assessment test.

If you are interested in pursuing a Fontys bachelor's programme but do not have the required educational diploma to be eligible for the programme, you can still apply for admission through the 21+ assessment test, also known as colloquium doctum. However, there are certain conditions that must be met to participate in the test. Therefore, it is recommended to first contact the department of the study programme you wish to enrol in.

The Fontys 21+ assessment test consists of the ACT (Adaptive Capacities Test) General Intelligence by Ixly.

  • You will also take a Dutch language test and the ACT if you want to follow a Dutch bachelor's or associate degree programme. The Dutch language test takes place on the same date as the ACT. You must pass both tests.
  • If you want to enrol in an English bachelor programme, you only take the ACT General Intelligence. If you pass this test, you must also pass an English language test (IELTS, TOEFL, or Cambridge certificate). Please get in touch with the course department regarding the requirements for obtaining the certificate (and under which conditions you can request an exemption for the English language test). Please contact the department with any questions regarding the English language test. You send your certificate or any application for exemption to the course department of the study programme you want to follow. Please note that Fontys does not offer an English language test.

The information below is specifically about English bachelor programmes. If you want to follow a Dutch bachelor programme, please use this link.

Please note: This assessment test is designed specifically for individuals 21 years or older who want to apply to Fontys University of Applied Sciences. If you have already passed a capacity test or a 21+ assessment test at another institution, this will not serve as an exemption for the 21+ assessment test at Fontys University of Applied Sciences.

The ACT (Adaptive Capacities Test) General Intelligence Test comprises three subtests: a numerical, abstract, and verbal test. The difficulty level of the questions is determined by your correct or incorrect answers. The Ixly test system calculates a total score (stanine) based on the three subtests. The total score helps you understand your work and thinking level compared to a reference group at the bachelor's level, and it is necessary to pass the ACT.

  • You have passed this assessment test with a (stanine) total score of 4 or higher.
  • It is possible to prepare for the ACT General Intelligence by doing several practice exercises through this link (Figure Sets, Verbal Analogies and Digit Sets).
  • The ACT General Intelligence Test is offered in the following languages: Dutch, English, German, French, Italian, Turkish and Chinese.
  • Fontys offers the ACT in the language of the chosen bachelor programme (Dutch or English) by default. If you want to take the ACT in a language other than the default language, you can let us know after registration.
Would you like to be considered for an extra time variant of the 21+ assessment test due to exceptional circumstances such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADHD, autism, visual impairment or a chronic condition? Once you have registered for the test, you will receive information on how to request additional time.

English language proficiency

Fontys has set minimum language requirements for all programmes conducted in English. To prove that you meet these requirements, you will be asked to send one of the English language certificates, as shown in the table below.

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You may be considered proficient in English and don’t need to provide a test score if:

  • You have obtained a diploma of secondary education in a country listed on the diploma list drawn up on behalf of the associations of higher education institutions, as published on the Code of Conduct website.
  • You completed your entire preparatory education in English, including students with an International Baccalaureate Certificate for English A Language and Literature. Fontys may ask NUFFIC to provide a statement confirming that the preparatory education has been completed entirely in the English language.
  • You have obtained your diploma in a country where English is the primary language of communication, provided that education was entirely in English and/or with a sufficient grade for English as an exam subject (≥ 5.5). Please inquire via your admissions officer whether you qualify.
  • You have a Dutch mbo-4, havo or vwo diploma.
  • You are an exchange student.

Please note:

  • The requirements for a master’s degree, exchange students and specific programmes may differ, so check with your admissions officer.
  • We don’t accept a combination of test results on different test dates, also known as ‘My best scores’.
  • You will need to demonstrate your language proficiency if you have a diploma proving a sufficient English level, which was issued more than two years ago.
  • Fontys only accepts language test certificates that are not more than two years old at the start of your study. Cambridge certificates are exempted from this requirement.
  • All English tests must be taken at an authorized test centre. Fontys doesn’t accept online versions of tests. Please contact your admissions officer if your test centre is closed due to circumstances.

An applicant's level of proficiency in English must always meet the entry requirements for the chosen Fontys course programme. Fontys reserves the right to require language proficiency testing for all categories of applicants.

Students from the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands:

Students from the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands who are exempted from submitting language proficiency test results:

  • Students from Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba in possession of a havo or vwo diploma
  • Students from Curaçao, Aruba and St. Maarten in possession of a havo or vwo diploma obtained at Dutch-speaking schools
  • Students from St. Eustatius and Saba in possession of a Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate
  • Students from Bonaire in possession of a mbo-4 diploma
  • Students from Aruba in possession of an EPI level 4 diploma and students from Curaçao with a SBO level 4 diploma, provided that education was entire in English and/or with a sufficient grade for English as an exam subject (≥ 5.5).

When you graduate, you are entitled to a degree or a title. The degree is awarded by Fontys.

Associate Degree Program
  • If you pass the exam of the associate degree program, you will receive the degree Associate Degree. The abbreviation is Ad, and no additional qualification is added.
Bachelor’s Degree
  • If you pass a bachelor’s degree program, you are entitled to carry a bachelor’s degree. Fontys maintains a register listing all the degrees offered by Fontys. You can use an abbreviation for your degree after your name: a “B” followed by an abbreviation. For example, “Bachelor of Education” becomes “B Ed.”
  • You can also choose to use the (old) title “baccalaureus,” which is placed as “bc” before your name.
  • Graduates from the technical domain can use the title “ingenieur,” abbreviated as “ing.,” placed before their name.
  • When using a title or degree, you must choose between a title or a degree. Both cannot be used simultaneously.
Master’s Degree
  • The HBO master’s degree can also be indicated in your name, abbreviated as “M” with any additional qualification, placed after your name. There is no (old) title available for the HBO master.

Certificate of higher professional education

A certificate of higher professional education is awarded to you when you graduate. The government has set conditions regarding the level, quality, and reliability of certificates. The program you have completed is accredited by the NVAO, and in conjunction with the government’s requirements, the value of a certificate becomes clear. The certificate you receive is a valuable document. Every certificate issued by Fontys has security features.

  • A micro text in the square purple area of the logo at the bottom of the document;
  • A silver foil strip on the right side of the document with a cut-out of the monogram of Fontys Hogescholen;
  • The unique paper number of each certificate is also executed in laser perforation. When in doubt about the authenticity of the document, you can request verification at Fontys Hogescholen;
  • The paper has a worldwide protected watermark.

In addition to the certificate, you will receive a diploma supplement.

Once you have passed, a notification is sent to DUO. You will then be recognised by DUO as a graduate.

Suspicion of fraud

If there is suspicion that someone is carrying a paper resembling a Fontys certificate without proper authorisation, it is important to report this to Fontys. An investigation is always conducted into the suspected fraudulent diploma, and sometimes it leads to prosecution. Diploma fraud is a form of
forgery and is punishable under the Criminal Code.