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English language proficiency

English language proficiency

For all study programmes conducted in English, a minimum level of proficiency in the English language is required. You need to substantiate your level of English by submitting evidence in the form of a result of one of the language tests Fontys accepts. The minimum required test result is mentioned in the table below.

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Note: IELTS, TOEFL and TOEIC certificates may not be more than two years old at the start of your study.

Some applicants may be exempted from submitting language proficiency test results, see also chapter 5 of the Code of Conduct.

  • International students who have followed their preparatory education in English. It also applies to students with an International Baccalaureate Certificate for English A Language and Literature. The National Commission may request that the higher education institution provides a statement from the NUFFIC confirming that the preparatory education has been followed in the English language. Furthermore, a higher education institution may exempt an international student from having to take a mandatory language test in case the student obtained a diploma of secondary education in a country listed in the diploma list drawn up on behalf of the associations of institutions of higher education, as published on the website of the Code of Conduct.
  • A student who is in possession of a diploma demonstrating English language profiency which was issued over two years ago, will need to redemonstrate the language profiency unless the student obtained the diploma in a country where - according to Fontys policy - the main language and/or the educational system is (in) English. Students that are native speakers: please check with your admissions officer.
  • Exchange students
  • Applicants who have a Dutch mbo-4, havo or vwo diploma

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

Please note: stricter standards may apply for specific study programmes.