Language Requirements

If you would like to participate in a bachelor's programme, you have to meet the language requirements. This page explains what level you need to have to start a bachelor's programme at Wageningen University & Research.

English requirements

The English language requirements apply to all bachelor's programmes, both English and Dutch taught.

Wageningen University accepts the following test scores and diploma as valid proof of your English language ability.

IELTS Academic test overall grade 6, with a minimum sub-score of 6.0 for speaking
TOEFL IBT test internet-based: 80, with a minimum sub-score of 20 for speaking
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) - C1 Advanced score between 169-210
Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE) - B2 First score between 169-190
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - C2 Proficiency score between 180-230
RATEr listening pass, reading pass, writing borderline, speaking borderline
Dutch VWO diploma English (any grade)
Dutch HAVO diploma English 7 or above

IELTS and TOEFL IBT tests should have been taken no longer than two years prior to the application.

Exemptions for the English requirements

If your diploma is on this list, your English level is determined to be at pre-university level, and you can be exempted from any further English language requirements. Applicants who have completed their secondary school education in Australia, Ireland, Canada (except for schools in Quebec), New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States of America are exempted from taking an English language proficiency test. If you have questions about admission to the bachelor's programmes, please check the Questions and Answers for prospective Bachelor students.

Disclaimer: the English language requirements stated above are applicable for the current academic year. No rights can be derived from this information.

Dutch requirements

The Dutch language requirements apply to all Dutch taught bachelor's programmes. The information stated below applies to all students with a non-Dutch prior education.

Wageningen University accepts the following test scores and diploma as valid proof of your Dutch language ability:

You also meet the Dutch language requirements if your high school diploma is equivalent to the Dutch vwo level and if the subject 'Dutch' is part of your final exam. Examples of such diplomas are:

Diploma Subject
International Baccalaureate Dutch A Language and Literature (Standard Level)
Abitur (Germany) Niederlandisch (Grundkurs)
Algemeen Secundair Onderwijs (Belgium) Nederlands