Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Admission requirements

International Business

To be admitted to International Business you need to have completed secondary education equivalent to the Dutch HAVO, VWO, or MBO 4. Strong written and verbal English communications skills are also required.

There are different admission requirements for students with Dutch and non-Dutch diplomas. Read on to see what applies to you:

All profiles for VWO and profiles for HAVO with the addition of one of the 5 subjects: Mathematics A or B, or Economics, or M&O or Business Economics are accepted. MBO 4 is also accepted.

The programme is taught entirely in English. Therefore, students are expected to have good written and verbal skills in English.

If you are older than 21 and don’t meet the requirements, you can take a 21+ proficiency test (webpage in Dutch). Additional requirements may be requested.

With an MBO diploma level 4 you can start a programme at the HBO level without any additional requirements. No exemptions will be granted for subjects already obtained at the MBO level.

Please note! Admission for programmes starting in the academic year 2021-2022 will only be granted to students who have an MBO diploma that was obtained, and bears an issuance date, prior to 1 September 2021.

Did you apply for a HBO-level programme at AUAS prior to 1 May but are currently experiencing minor study delays due the coronavirus measures? Does this mean that you won’t receive your diploma before 1 September?

You can still start your HBO programme at AUAS if you receive a positive final advice (afrondingsadvies) for your MBO programme. Read more about what you need to do in this case (in Dutch).

We require evidence that you have passed the standardised examinations for university entrance of your nation of origin. These include but are not limited to:

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife
  • Zeugnis der Fachhochschulreife
  • General Certificate of Secondary Education in 4 subjects (A to C or 9 to 4) + General Certificate of Education with 2 relevant subjects at advanced subsidiary level (A to C), 6 different subjects in total, including English and mathematics.


    General Certificate of Secondary Education in 4 subjects (A to C or 9 to 4) + General Certificate of Education with 2 relevant subjects at advanced level (D-E), 6 different subjects in total, including English and mathematics.


    BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma.

(United Kingdom: The evaluation has been changed compared to the previous version of the Country module. For more detailed information visit Nuffic website).

To get an indication about the comparison of your educational system to the Dutch system you can go to the Nuffic website . Additional requirements may be applicable.

We expect proficiency of spoken and written English. Non-native English speakers are required to sit an IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge test. IELTS (6.0 subscores not lower than 5.5); TOEFL (iBT 80 subscores not lower than 20, or paperbased 550), TOEIC (LR670+SW290) or Cambridge (First (FCE) Grade B (173-175) /First (FCE) Grade C (169-172)).

Have you been enrolled in this programme or a similar one, at the AUAS or elsewhere, at a Bachelor level and do you therefore wish to enrol in a later year of the programme? This page will tell you which steps you must take to begin in the main phase.

1. Enrolment request via Studielink

This works as follows: you enrol via Studielink and indicate that you would like to begin your study in the main phase of the programme. Within a few working days, the Central Student Administration will inform you whether your request has been granted or denied, or let you know that you must submit a request to the programme.

2. Assessment by the programme

If it is necessary for the programme to assess your admission, you should immediately submit a request, which should include:

  • a certified list of marks;
  • a propaedeutic transcript.

What is a certified list of marks?

A certified list of marks bears a stamp, signature and date from an authorised employee of the educational institution at which you earned the results in question. A printed copy of your study results is not sufficient.

What is a propaedeutic transcript?

A propaedeutic transcript is a certificate issued by the examination board at your current degree programme.

When will I receive a decision?

You will need to take a processing time of four to six weeks into account. This means that you may not yet have received a decision regarding your admission at the start of the academic year.

Provisional decision – definitive decision based on diploma

Important: the programme will take a provisional decision based on the certified list of marks and your propaedeutic transcript. The definitive decision will then be finalised based on your diploma or first-year certificate. You must submit a copy of your diploma or first-year certificate before 1 October. Only students in possession of a diploma dated prior to 1 September will be admitted to the degree programme.

I want to request an exemption. Is that possible?

The letter containing the examination board’s decision regarding your admission will include further information on requesting exemptions as well.

Published by  Faculty of Business and Economics 27 May 2021