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Dutch University Entry Requirements

Choosing the right subjects can set up a student for life. Make sure your child starts the IB on the right foot by speaking with an EIB Consultant to pick the perfect subjects.

Do you know what you need to get into your top-choice university? Sometimes it can be hard to find information about what you need to secure your place on your chosen course. Because of this, we’ve compiled the IB entry requirements for the most popular courses at the best Dutch universities, so that you can find all the information you need in one place and quickly compare institutions and programmes! This is our most viewed resource, used by schools around the world.

Please find it using the link below:

Dutch University Entrance Matrix

What do IB students need to get into Dutch Universities?

The entrance requirements matrix is always the most popular resource, for applicants and their families, as it provides a concrete, easy way to compare Dutch unis and courses as an IBDP student. We also provide guidance on deciding what to study, and where, for use in the earlier stages of the Dutch application process, as well as resources comparing Oxford and Cambridge from the IB perspective, looking at teaching style, Science study at either institution and decoding the terminology, all from Oxbridge and IB graduates!

Things to look out for

As our Dutch university matrix shows, the standard offer for Dutch universities is 24 points in the IB Diploma; however, some courses will require specific subjects such as Maths at Higher Level or will have a restricted number of places. The latter of these courses, with a fixed number of places, are known as ‘numerus fixus’ or ‘numerus clausus’ courses and are typically law, medicine, science and engineering courses. In addition, the entry requirements for liberal arts programmes, which typically take place at university colleges (a partner of the main university), have higher entry requirements than the standard courses at the main university. For example, whilst Leiden University only require 24 points for most of their courses, the liberal arts programme at Leiden University College (The Hague) requires 30 points (excluding core points). In addition, these courses may require personal statements or interview, in order to check that you are a good fit for the university and its course, as well as vice-versa.

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We hope you find our Dutch University entry requirements matrix useful and it helps you when applying to universities!

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