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All courses at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht are taught in Dutch, unless otherwise indicated. Students who have had their prior education outside The Netherlands or Flanders, must comply with the language requirement.

Bachelor courses

The language requirement for all bachelor courses is


A Dutch language proficiency* of NT2 - program 2 / CNaVT - profile 'Educatief Professioneel' - ERK B2 (formerly known as PAT) or profiel 'Educatief Startbekwaam' - ERK C1 (formerly known as PTHO).


By successfully completing the 18+/21+ exam (Colloqium Doctum) you meet the NT2, program 2 requirement. Please note: this exam is only available in Dutch. Please find more information here.


An English language proficiency* is only possible for:

• Bachelor of Fine Art

The minimum score should be IELTS 6 (academic level) / TOEFL Paper: 550 / TOEFL Computer: 213 / TOEFL Internet: 80 / TOEIC: 670 / Cambridge Esol: CAE-C.


• Bachelor of Music at HKU Utrechts Conservatorium

The minimum score should be IELTS: 5.5 (academic level) / TOEFL Paper: 525/ TOEFL Computer: 196/ TOEFL Internet: 70, TOEIC: 620, Cambridge Esol: FCE-C.



* If your training was clearly in Dutch or English, you can apply for an exemption from the language requirement. HKU will evaluate if you qualify for an exemption based on a certified copy of your diploma and transcript. It is possible that we request additional documentation from you.

Master courses

A Dutch language proficiency of NT2 - program 2 / CNaVT - profile 'Educatief Professioneel' - ERK B2 (formerly known as PAT) or profiel 'Educatief Startbekwaam' - ERK C1 (formerly known as PTHO) is possible for the:

  • Master Interior Architecture
  • Master Crossover Creativity
  • Master of Music
  • Master of Arts in Education

An English language proficiency is only possible for the:

  • Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design, programme Fine Art
  • Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design, programme Scenography
  • Master of Music
  • Master of Arts in Education

The minimum score should be IELTS: 6 (academic level) / TOEFL Paper: 550/ TOEFL Computer: 213 / TOEFL Internet: 80 / TOEIC: 670 / Cambridge Esol: CAE-C.

Deadline language test

Please send a copy of the certificate of your test before 1 May in order to enrol in September!

IELTS and TOEFL

You can find more information about the tests on www.toefl.org and www.ielts.org. You will be requested to send a proof of your test result after you have filled out the online HKU application via Studielink.

Tip!

When taking a TOEFL or IELTS exam, please use the HKU University of the Arts (previously Utrecht School of the Arts) institution code: 7214. Your results will then be sent directly to HKU.

Chinese students

Chinese students who apply for the English Master courses Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design, programme Fine Art, Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design, programme Scenography or Master of Music must submit a Nuffic Certificate before 1 July in order to apply for a Study MVV.


The Nuffic Certificate provides an assessment of your English language skills and your educational degrees and diplomas required to gain admission. For more information, see https://www.studyinholland.nl/nuffic-certificate

Exemption based on your diploma

HKU can grant some international students an exemption for the English language test based on their foreign diploma. 


Please download the complete list of countries and diplomas that are given an exemption for the requirement of doing an English language test for both Bachelor and Master courses.

NT2 language test

Please visit the DUO website to find more information (in Dutch) about the NT2 Dutch Language test. If you stay abroad in most cases you can take the NT2 test at the Dutch embassy. Please contact the local office of the Dutch embassy in your home country to find out more about the options.  

Be aware! Plan your language test in time. It can take some time before you can take the test and before the results are known.

Learning Dutch

Although most Dutch speak English very well it is advisable to learn at least some Dutch. Read more about learning Dutch