Application with a Dutch diploma of prior education

If you apply to one of our programmes, you need to take certain requirements into account. You need to be able to provide a relevant diploma of prior education, register your personal details in Studielink, arrange payment of your tuition, and sometimes provide proof of additional (language) skills.

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Do you have a foreign diploma of prior education? 

Go to the application page for international students. 

part-time bachelor programmes

Do you want to apply to one of our part-time bachelor programmes (in Dutch only)?

Some of our programmes have additional admission requirements, which you can find on the programme page. Be sure to check these before you apply.

Proof of prior education

Do you want to enrol in our of our bachelor or associate degree programmes? Then you need at least a Dutch havo or mbo-4 diploma. When you apply, your diploma is checked in Studielink.

If you can't verify your diploma in Studielink, we'll need a copy of your diploma (and grade list), certified by the school or institute that issued the diploma. To get a certified copy, you take your diploma and grade list to the issuing institute. They will photocopy the documents, and certify each copy with their stamp and a signature. 

Write your full name and student ID on each copy and send the certified copies to: HU Back Office Enrolment, PO Box 8218, 3503 RE Utrecht, The Netherlands. You may also drop them off at our Student Information Point (STIP), located at Padualaan 101 on the campus. Further, you may request STIP to certify your diploma for you. This service is free. You can find STIP at Padualaan 101 in Utrecht (opening hours Mon-Fri 9.30AM-5.30PM) 

Alternatively, you can have your diploma certified by a notary or solicitor. They usually charge a fee.

Don't you have the right diploma?

If you don't have the right prior education for a degree programme at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht and you are 21 or older before your programme's start date, we can offer you the opportunity of taking a 21+ admission test.

Checking your personal details

When you register in Studielink, the programme automatically checks your details against the Dutch population register ('BRP'). If verification isn't possible, Studielink will send you an email asking you to send a copy of your passport, ID-card and/or residence permit to HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. 

Please note: Always copy the front and back of your ID-card and write your full name and student ID on each copy. A driver's licence is not valid for this purpose.

EEA nationality or not?

Use our Pathfinder wizard to find out if you need a visa or residence permit and how to apply for it. Please note: to ensure your Dutch visa/residence permit is issued before the start of your programme, and to make sure your enrolment is finalised on time, we have to keep very strict deadlines.

Starting in a higher year

If you want to start in a higher year or register directly for the post-propaedeutic phase of a degree programme, you need the appropriate propaedeutic diploma as well as the programme coordinator's permission to apply. You indicate your desire to start in a higher year when you register in Studielink. When asked for ' Entry moment – Start in first year', simply select 'no'.