Language requirements

Dutch

Prospective students can provide proof of sufficient knowledge of Dutch as the language of instruction by meeting one of the following criteria:

  1. having a diploma of secondary or higher education where Dutch was the language of instruction;
  2. having successfully completed at least one school year of secondary education where Dutch was the language of instruction;
  3. having successfully completed programme units in higher education with a minimum total of 54 ECTS-credits where Dutch was the language of instruction;
  4. having passed the entrance examination for doctors or dentists organised by the Ministry of the Flemish Government;
  5. having obtained a certificate of continuing education “hoger onderwijs voor sociale promotie” where Dutch was the language of tuition;
  6. having passed the ‘Nederlands Staatsexamen Nederlands als tweede taal (NT2), Programma II’ examination;
  7. having passed a test drawn up in accordance with European Union reference level B2, such as theCertificaat Nederlands als Vreemde Taal(CNaVT) – ‘Educatief Startbekwaam’,(Certificate of Dutch as a Foreign Language), (until 2014: theProfiel taalvaardigheid hoger onderwijs (PTHO) (Higher education language proficiency certificate)),and the Interuniversitaire Taaltest Nederlands voor Anderstaligen (ITNA – ERK B2) (inter-university Dutch language test for non-native speakers).
  8. Certificates and other proof of language tests may not predate the first enrolment by more than two years.

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 & ITNA. For more information please visit the ACTO website

English

Prospective students, except prospective students for a bachelor degree, can provide proof of sufficient knowledge of English as the language of instruction by meeting one of the following criteria:

  1. having a diploma of secondary or higher education where English was the language of instruction;
  2. having successfully completed at least one school year of secondary education where English was the language of instruction;
  3. having successfully completed programme units in higher education with a minimum total of 54 ECTS-credits where English was the language of instruction;
  4. having successfully completed secondary education in Belgium;
  5. having successfully completed one of the following language proficiency tests corresponding to the Common European Framework of Reference with minimum level B2:

·       TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): minimum level: 213 for computer-based, 72 for internet-based;

·       TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication): minimum level: 785;

·       IELTS (International English Language Testing System): minimum level: academic module 6.0;

·       ITACE (Interuniversity Test of Academic English) for Students, score B2;

·       Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), grade B;

·       Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), grade C;

·       Trinity College London (the ALTE Q mark);

·       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.

Certificates and other proof of language tests may not predate the first enrolment by more than two years.

 

§2. Prospective students for a bachelor degree can provide proof of sufficient knowledge of English as the language of instruction by meeting one of the following criteria:

 

  1. having a diploma of secondary or higher education where English was the language of instruction;
  2. having successfully completed secondary education in Belgium;
  3. having successfully completed one of the following language proficiency tests corresponding to the Common European Framework of Reference with minimum level B2:

·       TOEFL iBT with minimum level : 79;

·       TOEFL PBT with minimum level: 550

·       TOEFL CBT with minimum level: 213

·       IELTS with minimum level: academic module 6.5;

·       Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), grade B;

·       Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), grade C;

Certificates and other proof of language tests may not predate the first enrolment by more than two years.

 

For an exhaustive list of these criteria, see the VUB teaching and examination regulations.

The TOEFL test and the ITACE for students is organized by the Academic Language Center (ACTO) at the VUB. 

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.