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 enroll directly at 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

Diploma requirement

Students with a Flemish diploma

For students with a Flemish diploma, the admission requirements for a Dutch-language bachelor programme apply (click here for more information). 

Students with a non-Flemish diploma

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

  • A copy of your identity card or (international) passport.
  • A copy of your legalised diploma's.
  • 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

The Admissions Office requires one of these certificates as proof of English Level B2 (both written and spoken) proficiency:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) min. 6.0
  • Duolingo English Test min. 105
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT (institution code: C314) min. 79
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) CBT (institution code: C314) min 213
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) PBT (institution code: C314) min. 550
  • Test of English for International Communication (TOIC) Listening 490 + Reading 455 + Speaking 200 + Writing 200
  • ACT English 20 + Reading 20    
  • SAT Reasoning Test Critical Reading 500 + Writing 500
  • C1 Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English, CAE) Grade A, B or C
  • C2 Proficiency (Certificate of Proficiency in English, CPE) Grade A, B or C

Exemptions:

  • Students who have obtained a Flemish or Dutch diploma of secondary education.
  • Candidate-students with a university degree or high school or college degree earned in the "Inner Circle" (the United Kingdom, the United States of America, New Zealand, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, the 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

Diploma requirement

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

Candidate-students with a non-Flemish diploma who want to study at VIVES, will be asked to send the following documents to the Admissions Office:

  • A copy of your identity card or (international) passport.
  • A copy of your legalised diploma's.
  • 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-language 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:

  • Interuniversitaire Taaltest Nederlands voor Anderstaligen (ITNA), niveau 5
  • Centrum voor Volwassenenonderwijs, module 3.1 en 3.2 (Vantage Level, richtgraad 3)
  • Staatsexamen Nederlands als Tweede Taal, Programma II
  • Certificaat Nederlands als Vreemde Taal, Educatief Startbekwaam (STRT)

Application

Students with a non-Flemish diploma who want to apply for a Dutch-language bachelor programme, can use this survey to send every required document to the Admissions Office.

Conditional admission

Candidate-students who want to enroll in a Dutch-language programme but who do not meet the language requirements, can apply for a conditional admission. With a conditional admission, candidate-students can enroll in a preparatory language year in academic year 2021-2022 before enrolling at VIVES University of Applied Sciences in academic year 2022-2023. If you want to apply, submit your documents using our conditional admission application form.