Entry Requirements

  1. Diploma requirements
  2. English proficiency requirements
  3. Mathematics proficiency requirements

1. Diploma requirements

Your level of education should be comparable to the Dutch VWO (pre-university/high-school) level, and include mathematics. To see if your diploma is equivalent to the Dutch VWO diploma please check this list of foreign national diplomas. If your diploma is not on this list, you may still be admissible. Your diploma will be evaluated by the Admissions Office after you have submitted your online application.

2. English proficiency requirements

As the entire IBP programme is taught in English, it is essential that you start your studies with a good level of proficiency. When you apply, you have to include proof of your proficiency in English, unless you have:

DIPLOMA TYPE for waiver of English proficiency test
Full English-taught IB Diploma
Dutch VWO
At least 3 Cambridge A-levels
National Diploma from any of the following countries: USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia or Canada (except French-taught programmes)
European Baccalaureate English Language 1

*The general Diplôme du Baccalauréat Général does not waive the English proficiency test for students unless the diploma/transcript mentions the OIB option and section. Otherwise, a student fits in Category C.

If the above does not apply to you, you will have to provide other proof of proficiency, using one of the tests below. Please note the proficiency test scores must not be older than 2 years at the time of the application deadline.

Submission of Results

We recommend that applicants complete the English proficiency test by January 15th . However, if this is not possible and all other application materials have been submitted before January 15th, admissible students will be invited to take part in the early bird matching module and will be allowed to submit their English proficiency results at a later time. We accept the following tests and minimum scores for the IBP:

TOEFL IBT 90 (internet) 570 paper based Paper copy from ETS Institutional code is 0504
IELTS (academic module only) 6.5 A digital copy of the certificate with all text and verification codes clearly visible
Cambridge CAE A, B or C A copy of the certificate, ID number and the “secret number” – Candidate Results Online service
Cambridge CPE - A copy of the certificate, ID number and the “secret number” – Candidate Results Online service

3. Mathematics proficiency requirements

The level of mathematics that we require is pre-university level. This means a VWO diploma (all profiles), an IB diploma (all levels of maths, but if you do Maths Studies make sure you get a high grade). We advise (academic) A-levels with mathematics at AS or A level (mathematics at GCSE level is generally not enough). For other diplomas, the general rule is that you should have taken mathematics throughout your entire high school career. The admissions office will assess your level to see if you meet the admissibility requirements.

Tip: Improving your English

Do you want to make sure your English language skills are good enough? Take a course offered by Leiden University Academic Language Centre. The language skills courses are a great way to improve your skills and confidence.

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