Proof of English proficiency


To successfully participate in a TU/e Bachelor's program conducted in English you need to be proficient in the English language. Please note that these new language requirements apply to applications for academic year 2017-2018 onwards.

The following English language proficiency test results are accepted by TU/e:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
    Overall band score of at least 90 AND a minimum score of 21 for each section.
    Please note that we only accept the TOEFL internet-based test.
    Students can arrange for their TOEFL results to be sent to the TU/e directly by using the TU/e university code number 8615. Please also fill in department code 99: 'any department not listed' otherwise your results will not be sent to correct department at TU/e.
  • IELTS (academic version) with an overall band score of at least 6.5 and a minimum of 6.0 for each section.  
  • University of Cambridge
    proof that you have passed the University of Cambridge 'Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)', or University of Cambridge 'Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)',grades A-C.

Please note

  • N.B. It is obligatory to fill in the overall score and the section scores if you submit an IELTS or TOEFL test result.

  • No other language tests are accepted than the tests mentioned above.

  • Test results older than two years cannot be accepted.It may take as much as 6 weeks after you have taken your language test for the test center to issue your results.

  • If you have taken an IELTS or TOEFL test, but have not yet received the official test score report, you may upload and send your results from the internet, including your username and password from your TOEFL account (preferable typed and not written) or the TRF number from your IELTS test. TU/e will then verify your results on the IELTS or TOEFL website. Keep in mind that we need to be able to verify your English test results before the final deadline of May 1.

  • The language test results may not be older than 2 years.
  • When applying to a Dutch Bachelor’s program, we also require proof of your English proficiency because part of the literature of your Bachelor’s program is in English.

Exemptions from the English language tests

The following students are exempted from submitting one of the above mentioned language tests.

  • Students who have followed their previous education with English as the sole language of instruction in the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, UK and USA.
  • Students who have taken the International Baccalaureate or the European Baccalaureate entirely in the English language. Please send proof that your International or European Baccalaureate was conducted entirely in the English language. If your European Baccalaureate was not entirely conducted in the English language, exemption is possible if you have passed EB English Language 1 or 2.
  • Students who have gained a Dutch secondary education diploma in vwo-level English.
  • Students with an Algemeen Secundair Onderwijs (ASO) diploma from a Belgian pre-university education level.