Admission Requirements

Secondary School Diploma

A secondary school diploma considered equivalent to the Dutch pre-university diploma (VWO). In addition, for specific programmes you must have passed the final examinations in particular subjects.

Please see below for types of diplomas and additional final examination subjects.

Refugees

Refugees with a Non EU secondary school diploma have to finish the complete "Boswell Beta schakelprogramma" or any other Dutch University Science Foundation year.

Boswell Beta applicants for the BSc Architecture and Civil Engineering need to fulfill the Vaktaal module from ITAV as well.

In order to apply you will have to follow the same application procedure as all other prospective students with an International secondary school diploma.

If you do not meet the admission requirements in order to study at the TU Delft you can follow the regular secondary education within the Netherlands.

Click here for more information.

TU Delft does not accept separate Dutch language, English language and VWO certificates but only diplomas.

International Baccalaureate

There are additional conditions for this diploma. Click here for more information.

European Baccalaureat

There are additional conditions for this diploma. Click here for more information.

Country specific diploma's

For an overview of the specific countries, click here.

Is your diploma not in the list above? Get in touch with the Admission Office to find out about your options: contactcentre-esa@tudelft.nl by sending in:

  • Country where you will receive your diploma
  • Name secondary school diploma - in the original language
  • Examination subjects
  • Bachelor of Science programme of your choice

Required Secondary School Final Examination Subjects

Required final examinations subject For BSc
Mathematics All BSc programmes
Physics All BSc programmes except Computer Science and Engineering, and Applied Physics
Chemistry BSc Applied Earth Sciences
BSc Clinical Technology
BSc Life Science & Technology
BSc Molecular Science & Technology
BSc Nanobiology
Biology BSc Nanobiology
BSc Clinical Technology

Language Requirements

Aerospace Engineering, Applied Earth Science, Computer Science and Engineering, and Nanobiology

Proficiency in Dutch
There are no requirements for proficiency in Dutch.

Proficiency in English*

  • TOEFL iBT with an overall band score of 90
  • IELTS (academic version) with an overall band score of 6.5
  • Cambridge Assessment English. Only the following certificates are accepted:

    • C1 Advanced (Certificate of Advanced English) with an overall score of at least 176.
    • C2 Proficiency (Certificate of Proficiency in English) with an overall score of at least 180.

Note: We advise you to register for the test of your choice well in advance. Depending on your location, registering for a test could take several months.

People’s Republic of China nationals
For your visa, you will need a Nuffic certificate as proof of your English language proficiency. In order to obtain the Nuffic certificate you will need to take the IELTS or TOEFL internet-based test.

* Certificates that are older than two years on the day you have uploaded the document and completed your application, are not accepted.

The following applicants are exempted from the English test requirement:

  • Nationals from the USA, U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Surinam
  • Applicants with an International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate diploma, European secondary school diploma (pre-university certificate), or Surinam VWO considered equivalent to the Dutch pre-university education, with English as a final examination subject. Please note that a ‘pass’ (sufficient score) for English is required on your secondary school certificate.
Fully Dutch taught bachelor programmes
Proficiency in Dutch

A good command of the Dutch language is required for the Dutch taught Bachelor programmes. You have to meet our Dutch language proficiency requirement before the start of your study programme. Please see which scenario applies to you.

Passed Dutch exam
If you have passed Dutch at the following level or in the following programme, you meet the Dutch language requirement:

  • GCE A Level
  • Algemeen Secundari Onderwijs (ASO)
  • European Baccalaureat (EB)
  • Suriname VWO
  • International baccalaureate (IB)
  • Baccalaureat Serie S

Limited knowledge of Dutch*
If you do not meet the above mentioned requirement, but have a limited knowledge of Dutch, you will need to take a language placement test at TU Delft’s Centre for Languages and Academic Skills. The result will indicate if you have to take any Dutch language courses.

Note: an ‘NT2/II’ Dutch language certificate does not qualify you for admission. If you are in possession of an NT2-II (‘National Examination’) certificate you have to follow one of the mandatory scientific language courses at the Centre for Languages and Academic Skills.

Note: You can only take a placement test if you received the TU Delft admission letter stating that you are (conditionally) admitted.

No knowledge of Dutch*
If you have no previous knowledge of Dutch, you have to pass the Dutch language course offered by TU Delft's Centre for Languages and Academic Skills.

Note: you can only start the Dutch language course if you received a TU Delft admission letter stating that you are (conditionally) admitted.

Note: you can start this course only in August or September (in the year before the start of your Bachelor of Science programme). You need to apply for this course before 1 June.

* Are you applying for a BSc in Clinical Technology or Industrial Design? Then you must be proficient in Dutch before participating in the selection process. Therefore you are not eligible to participate in the TU Delft language year. You must meet our Dutch language requirement at the time of applying.

Proficiency in English**

  • TOEFL iBT with an overall band score of 70
  • IELTS (academic version) with an overall band score of 5.5
  • Cambridge Assessment English. Only the following certificates are accepted:

    • C1 Advanced (Certificate of Advanced English) with an overall score of at least 176.
    • C2 Proficiency (Certificate of Proficiency in English) with an overall score of at least 180.

Note: We advise you to register for the test of your choice well in advance. Depending on your location, registering for a test could take several months.

** Certificates that are older than two years on the day you have uploaded the document and completed your application, are not accepted.

The following applicants are exempted from the English test requirement:

  • Nationals from the USA, U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Surinam
  • Applicants with an International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate diploma, European secondary school diploma (pre-university certificate), or Surinam VWO considered equivalent to the Dutch pre-university education, with English as a final examination subject. Please note that a ‘pass’ (sufficient score) for English is required on your secondary school certificate.