In short

If you don’t have a senior general secondary (in Dutch: havo), pre-university (in Dutch: vwo) or a level-4 secondary vocational (in Dutch: mbo) education diploma and you are aged 21 or over, you can sit a 21+-entrance examination, also known as colloquium doctum.

If you are aged 21 or over, you can sit an entrance examination: the 21+-entrance examination, also known as colloquium doctum. This entrance examination is intended to establish whether you have the skills and knowledge required to complete a degree programme at a university of applied sciences.

How does the 21+-entrance examination work?

The 21+-entrance examination comprises two stages:

  1. during the first test round, you will sit one or more subject tests;
  2. if you pass the subject test(s), you will sit one or more language tests in the second round.

See the 21+-admission requirements per degree program to find out which subject en language tests you will need to sit.

Condition of participation

  • If you want to start in September: you need to be aged 21 or older on October 1.
  • If you want tot start in February: you need to be aged 21 or older on February 1.

Please note:

  • Participation in the 21+-entrance examination does not entail exemption from the Study check.
  • Participation in the 21+-entrance examination is unrelated to your enrolment in a degree programme. Consult the degree programme page for the deadline for registration and the procedure.