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For registration for English programmes

The admission requirements concerning knowledge of a language other than Dutch are defined in the Education, Examination and Legal Position Regulations. (Education Regulations Article 3.2).

If a programme is offered in a language other than Dutch, admission to pre-registration for this programme will be conditional on a test of knowledge of the programme's language of instruction (Flexibilisation Decree, Article 20).

Students who would like to register for English master's programmes must be able to prove that they have a sufficient command of the English language, both spoken and written.

As proof of your level of proficiency in the English language, we require recent results of a Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) or other recognised language test. You can be exempted if your knowledge of the English language can be proved otherwise (e.g. if you have already successfully completed (a part of) a programme given in English). 

TOEFL score: paper based: score ³ 550 computer-based: score ³ 213 Internet-based: 79-80.
For more information about the TOEFL, go to www.toefl.org. Students who take in the test are required to indicate institution code 9005, so that the results are transmitted to Hasselt University directly. 

IELTS score: overall band score 6.0.
For more information, go to www.ielts.org. On the day of the test, Hasselt University can be selected as the institution to which the test result should be sent, with reference to the contact person of the programme for which you wish to apply.

For Master of Management there are specific language requirements.

The home institution is responsible for selecting students with a sufficient command of the language.

To ensure students are able to follow classes, they need to have attained at least level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in the language in which the programme is taught or in which they will perform their internship or research (English/Dutch).

For registration for Dutch programmes

The admission requirements concerning knowledge of the Dutch language are defined in the Education, Examination and Legal Position Regulations. (Education Regulations Article 3.1).

The following categories of students are exempt from the requirement to prove sufficient knowledge of the Dutch language (not applicable to the TEW teacher programme):

  • students who have successfully completed at least one academic year of Dutch secondary education; 
  • students who have been declared to have achieved a pass grade for a programme or several programme components with a total study load of at least 60 ECTS credits in Dutch higher education;
  • students in possession of  a certificate proving they have obtained CEFR level B2 (or equivalent);
  • students in possession of a language certificate for Dutch, issued by one of AUHLs partners.

Students who do not meet these language requirements can take a language test organised by the Limburg Association of Higher Education (AUHL). This test takes place twice per year and the entry fee is € 75. During the period May - September, you can only take this test once.

Students with diplomas obtained in the French or German-speaking communities of Belgium must also meet the language requirements.