Applying for a university programme can be a daunting process. HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht wants to make things as easy for you as possible. We have broken the application process for degree students down into eight easy steps.
Below, you can check the admission requirements for your programme. If you think you are eligible, please continue with the application process.
Admission requirements for our English-taught bachelor programmes
You need a diploma comparable to the Dutch Mbo-4 or Havo diplomas. In general, a diploma that gives you access to higher education in your home country allows you entrance to HU. We base our admission decisions on the information supplied by Nuffic, our national diploma evaluation agency. You can look up your diploma in their database of foreign education systems.
Please note: You need to provide our International Office with a (transcribed) copy of your diploma for official evaluation.
Whether you apply for an English or Dutch-taught programme, you need to conform to the programme's language requirements. Check the required level at the programme page of your choice. You can also check the general information on language requirements.
How to apply in 8 steps
Below, you find the steps you need to take to apply. Although the steps are numbered for your convenience, they are not necessarily linear, so be sure to read through all of them before you start the application process. Check your email inbox (and spam folder!) after each step.
Be sure to adhere to the deadlines. For programmes starting in September they are as follows:
- 1 May: Students living in the Netherlands (Dutch or foreign nationality)
- 15 June: Non-EU/EEA students needing a student visa
- 15 July: Non-EU/EEA students who wish to transfer to HU with a temporary residence permit
- 31 August: Students from EU/EEA countries who have a European diploma
Some students may apply to a degree programme up to 31 August:
- Those who change their programme choice: students that already have applied for a programme before the 1 May deadline and want to apply to a different programme.
- Switchers: students enrolled in the current academic year, who apply to a different programme for the upcoming academic year.
Please note: if you need a visa, the above deadlines still apply. Allow time to participate in our mandatory Programme Selection Check.
- If you do not, or not yet, live in the Netherlands, you enrol via Studielink – after creating a Studielink username and password. Request one here.
- Students living in the Netherlands – including non-Dutch nationals – enrol, as well as apply for student grants and loans, via Studielink (in English, Dutch and German).
You need a DigiD log-in code, which takes up to three days to obtain.
- Log in to Studielink with your password and username, and place your enrolment request. After this, you will receive an email with a link to our Osiris Application system. This is where you'll upload all relevant documents and supply us with the information we need to process your application as quickly as possible.
Take part in the Programme Selection Check
We want to give you the best chance of success. Therefore, we have developed the Programme Selection Check, helping you choose the programme that suits you best. There are different requirements, depending on your location:
- If you live outside of the Netherlands at the time of application, only one part of the Check is mandatory: the digital intake form. You have the possibility of a Skype interview with the programme coordinator, but this is not compulsory.
- All students living in the Netherlands applying for a full-time study programme without (decentralised) selection have to take part in the Programme Selection Check, which consists of the digital intake form and a matching day. Both are mandatory. You can find an information video here.
Please note: For the purpose of the Selection Check, if you are a student living in the Netherlands Antilles (BES and CAS Islands), you are considered an international student. This means you only have to fill in the digital intake form.
Upload your application documents
If you have a foreign diploma of prior education
Go to our online enrolment system Osiris Application using the link in your email to complete your admissions file. Don't forget to check the instruction manual before you get started.
Please note: Submissions via email or regular post will not be processed.
Please upload copies of the following in separate, clearly labelled, PDF-files:
PDF-file 1. Your passport.
PDF-file 2. Your Dutch residence permit (if you already have this).
PDF-file 3. Your (senior) secondary school diploma and grades list.
PDF-file 4. If applicable: Translations of both your diploma and grades list(s) into Dutch or English. Please note: Diplomas and grades lists in German, French or Spanish do not need to be translated.
PDF-file 5. If applicable: Proof of language proficiency relevant for your programme. If you haven't already done so, check our full overview of language requirements.
Your application will be processed by HU's International Office. The admissions process should take no more than three weeks, providing you submitted all relevant documentation. You will receive an email telling you whether you are accepted to your programme.
If you have a Dutch diploma of prior education, you need to go to the relevant page for your alternate Step 4.
If you do not have the right previous education for a degree programme at HU and you are 21 or older on your programme's start date, we can offer you a 21+ admission test.
Arrange payment of your tuition fees
Once you have been accepted, you will be asked to arrange payment of your tuition fees. Via this link you'll find details of the fees applicable to you as well as payment instructions.
Arrange your language test (if applicable)
Whether you apply for an English or Dutch-taught programme, you need to conform to your programme's language requirements. If you haven't already done so, arrange and prepare for your language tests now.
Apply for your visa or residence permit if applicable
Please note: There are strict rules and deadlines surrounding the immigration process, make sure you adhere to these.
Apply for a scholarship
Have you applied for one of our Bachelor programmes and are you from outside the EEA? You could be eligible for a one-off € 5,000 scholarship! To check conditions and how to apply, check the Holland Scholarship website. There are other scholarships available, find more information on our Finances and Scholarships page.
Practical preparation for your time at HU
- You need to find a place to live. On our Housing page we tell you what to do and what to look out for. Whatever you do, do it sooner rather than later!
- Insurance is an important part of setting yourself up to live in the Netherlands. Health insurance is mandatory and there are other insurances you might want to take out.
- Working in another country can really enhance your experience – and boost your international profile! As an international student in the Netherlands, you are allowed to have a part-time job during your studies, but there are some rules and regulations to think of.
- Prepare for your life in Utrecht. There is much to learn about the city and its environs, and there are introduction and buddy programmes to help you get settled in.
Have you been accepted to HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht? Congratulations!
There are just a few more things to take care of:
- After your enrolment is completed, you'll receive proof of enrolment and your student ID card. We need a passport picture for this, so be sure to upload one! If you live abroad, you can pick up your student ID card from mid-August at HU. If you live in the Netherlands, you'll receive your card by post.
- Three months prior to your programme start date you receive your HU account details. From that moment on you can check your enrolment status via MyHU. You can find information about reading materials, introduction programmes and schedules here.
What if I dont have my diploma yet
If you are in your last year of high school, you can apply to HU before receiving your final diploma. If you submit a transcript of records for your full high school career (grades lists with all of the results you have received so far) with your application, we are usually able to make a provisional admissions decision.
Please note: If you need a visa for study purposes and you know you will receive your diploma after 1 June, please contact the International Office as there may be consequences for your visa procedure.
Can I transfer from another (Dutch) university to HU and take my credits with me?
While it is not impossible to transfer international credits, it is not an easy process and we generally advise students to attempt it only if they are willing to start in year one if necessary. This is because of two reasons:
- A request to transfer credits has to be put in for each subject separately; offering supporting documents on its level and content.
- A transfer request can only be made after the start of the programme. This means that by the time you start your programme, you will probably not yet know if you will be allowed to transfer any credits.
Authorising a third party for your registration
If you cannot organise your registration yourself, you may authorise someone to do so on your behalf. We call this person your representative. To authorise someone to be your representative, you need to fill in the form Authorisation Representative together. Make sure the form is filled out completely and undersigned by you both. Send a scanned copy of the form to email@example.com or by post to: HU Back Office Enrolment, PO Box 8218, 3503 RE Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Choosing a HU minor
In the bachelor degree programme you can choose a minor to deepen or broaden your knowledge about a specific area of expertise, giving you the edge when applying for your first job. We offer a range of English-language minors, so be sure to check them out today.