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Language requirements

Dutch

All students who wish to register to study in Dutch at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, will have to demonstrate a sufficient command of Dutch. They can do so by meeting criteria such as:

  • they have a diploma of secondary or higher education where Dutch was the language of instruction
  • they have successfully completed programme units in higher education with a minimum total of 54 study credits where Dutch was the language of instruction
  • they have passed the entrance exam for doctors or dentists organised by the Ministry of the Flemish government
  • they have passed a Dutch proficiency test such as ITNA, CNaVT, Het Nederlands Staatsexamen, Programma II

For an exhaustive list of these criteria, see the VUB teaching and examination regulations.
Several Dutch proficiency tests are organised by the Academic Language Center (ACTo) of the VUB: : the CNaVT (May), ITNA and ACTo-tests (August, September). For more information please visit the ACTo website

English

All prospective students need to provide a proof of sufficient knowledge of English by meeting one of the following criteria:

  • a diploma of secondary or higher education where English was the language of instruction
  • having successfully completed at least one school year of secondary education where English was the language of instruction
  • having successfully completed course units in higher education with a minimum total of 54 study credits where English was the language of instruction
  • having successfully completed secondary education in Belgium
  • having successfully completed one of the following language tests
    • TOEFL: 213 computer-based, 72 internet-based
    • TOEIC met volgend minimaal niveau: 785
    • IELTS: minimum level academic module 6
    • Certificaat van de ITACE for Students met ERK/CEFR score B2;
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), grade B
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), grade C
    • Cambridge English First (FCE);
    • Cambridge English: Business Vantage (BEC Vantage);
    • Cambridge Michigan ECCE;
    • Trinity College London: ISE II, GESE Grade 7-9;
    • The Pearson Test of English General (PTE General) minimum level 3;
    • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) minimum level 59.

For an exhaustive list of these criteria, see the VUB teaching and examination regulations.
The computer-based TOEFL test is organized by the Academic Language Center (ACTo) at the VUB. For more information, please visit the website

The Academic Language Center (ACTo)

ACTo is a central academic department of the VUB, located on the 3rd floor of the building situated at the Pleinlaan 5. The ACTo organises several language courses for VUB students and staff.

More information about these language courses can be found on the ACTo website or at the secretary’s office.