Admission requirements for (advanced) bachelor programmes

There are many ways you can study at VIVES University of Applied Sciences. If you're enrolled at another university or college, you can become an exchange student and follow one of our semester or full-year programmes. 

But it is also possible to enrol directly to VIVES, without being an exchange student enrolled at another university or college. VIVES offers many bachelor programmes, most of them in Dutch. The admission requirements for these programmes are different from those for our exchange programmes. Here you can find more information about the admission requirements for the (1) English-language and (2) Dutch-language bachelor programmes.

English-language bachelor programmes

Degree requirement

Belgian students

For Belgian students the admission requirements for a Dutch-language bachelor’s programme apply (click here for more information). 

Students with a foreign diploma

For EEA (European Economic Area) and non-EEA students the equivalence of the obtained degree will be first checked by our admission office. Candidate students with a foreign diploma who want to study at VIVES, will be asked to upload the following documents:

  • A copy of your legalised diploma’s (here you can find more information about the legalisation of documents).
  • An official translation of your diploma’s in Dutch, English, French or German, if the original diploma is not issued in one of these languages.

Language requirement

Fluency in English level B2 both written and spoken is required. We require one of the following certificates as proof:

  • IELTS (overall band score van minimum 6.5);
  • TOEFL iBT 79 or CBT 213 or PBT 550;
  • TOEIC Listening 490 + Reading 455 + Speaking 200 + Writing 200;
  • SAT Critical reading and writing 560;
  • ACT English 20 + Reading 20;
  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) grade A, B or C;
  • Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) grade A, B or C.

Exemptions:

  • Students who have obtained a Flemish or Dutch diploma of secondary education are exempted.
  • Applicants with a university degree or high school / college degree earned in ‘Inner Circle’: United Kingdom, USA, New Zealand, Australia, Canada ( except Quebec), Ireland, Caribbean Islands and South Africa. The certified degree and transcripts suffice, provided they confirm that the entire study was completed in English.

English-language (advanced) bachelor programmes

Application

More information about the application procedure can be found here.

Dutch-language bachelor programmes

Degree requirement

The first admission requirement is a valid diploma. For EEA (European Economic Area) and non-EEA students the equivalence of the obtained degree will be first checked by our admission office. 

Candidate students with a foreign diploma who want to study at VIVES, will be asked to send the following documents to the admission office:

  • A copy of your legalised diploma’s (here you can find more information about the legalisation of documents).
  • An official translation of your diploma’s in Dutch, English, French or German, if the original diploma is not issued in one of these languages.

Language requirement

In case you have a non-Flemish diploma and you wish to apply for a Dutch-speaking programme you must be able to present a proficiency level of the Dutch language before registration, issued by a recognized language institute or a proof of success in a recognized language test.  The following language levels of the certificates of acknowledged language institutes are applicable:

  • Level 5 of the ILT-KU Leuven/KUB/HUB/UGhent/Linguapolis;
  • Vantage level 3 of the CVO (Flemish Centre for Adult Education);
  • ITNA test (B2)
  • PTHO-test
  • CNaVT (B2)
  • State Examination of Dutch as a Second Language (Staatsexamen Nederlands als tweede taal)

Application

Please submit your documents using this application form.