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Requirements for international intake

Academic Requirements
To be admitted to one of the Bachelor programmes you have to meet certain admission requirements. NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences recognizes the following general international qualifications:
- International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or European Baccalaureate Diploma
- High School diploma from an accredited institution
- Five GCSE/GCE ‘O’ level passes plus two ‘A’ level passes
- Associate, Bachelor or Master Degree
Furthermore some of our Bachelor programs demand additional entry requirements. The additional entry requirements can be found in the list of admissible diplomas. If your diploma is not mentioned in this list, please contact our Information and Registration Center.

Language Requirements
All non-EER applicants are required to submit an English proficiency test with their application. Exceptions are made for students, who have had their preparatory education in a country where English is the official working and educational language. The language requirements for EER students are the same as for Dutch students. If your diploma is mentioned in this list the additional English language test is not required.

NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences accepts three kinds of official language tests: IELTS, TOEFL and the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.
Academic IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 for each skill).
TOEFL 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based) and 80 (internet based). Original test results must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to NHL Stenden. The TOEFL institution code for NHL Stenden is 9215.
Cambridge ESOL score CAE-C.
Please note: If you do not have the appropriate level, it’s possible to enrol in our English Preparatory Language Course.

If you are aged 21 or older and would like to enrol in the Stenden Hotel Management School but do not currently meet the admission requirements, you are invited to register for the entrance examination (known in the Netherlands as Colloquium Doctum).

For more information, please check the information on our website.

Short Track (see Glossary)
Did you previously follow a programme in the field of hospitality, or do you have experience in this area? Then you van qualify for a shorter programme. For more information, please contact

3 year track
Stenden Hotel Management offers a 3 year Bachelor programme for Dutch VWO students, German students with an Abitur diploma and other international students who meet the requirements.

The programme consists of 180 EC's  and students will receive the Bachelor of Arts in International Hospitality Management. Students who fit the requirements will be informed with further information concerning the programme outline  and the process after selection via mail/post. For questions regarding this fast track programme please contact:

The international application process is overseen by the International Office of the Central Student Administration. Please contact them at  or call +31 58 244 1200.


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