IBIS Admission


Admission requirements

Students who meet the formal admission requirements, set by Dutch education law, will be admitted to the programme:

  C&M E&M N&G N&T
havo Econ or M&O admissible Econ or M&O Econ or M&O
vwo Econ or M&O admissible Econ or M&O Econ or M&O
  • Vwo, havo, mbo4 or equivalent foreign diploma, propaedeutic certificate, associate degree certificate, bachelor degree, foreign degree or diploma that provides entry to higher education in country of origin, positive 21+ test scores; 
  • For Dutch students who possess a havo or vwo diploma without Economy or M&O, there is a possibility of doing a deficiency test. Click here for more information (in Dutch);
  • The ability to understand, speak, read and write English is the most essential requirement for foreign students wishing to enter a Dutch university. Students from countries other than the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Germany (according to recent European law), need an IELTS (academic level) certificate with and average score of 6 for writing, reading, listening and speaking, or a TOEFL (preferably internet-based, but paper-based or computer-based is also acceptable) with an overall score of 80 for reading, writing, listening and speaking. The Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) and the Certificate Proficiency in English (CPE) are also acceptable (more on English language requirements); 
  • For Dutch students we require a passing grade for English on the final exam vwo, havo or the mbo4 intake test English.

Intake assessment

Each student that enrols in the International Business Innovation Studies programme partakes in an intake procedure. Prior to the start of the academic year, students are interviewed during recruitment sessions or through Skype, to make sure they understand what the International Business Innovations Studies programme is about and expects from them in terms of attitude and commitment. It is very important that students are prepared for the rigorous nature of the programme and the international and multicultural community. They need to be committed to learning (at higher levels) and willing to be open to other cultures in order to be successful in the International Business Innovation Studies programme. They should also be willing and able to travel abroad as part of their studies. 


21+ test

If your previous education is not on the required minimum level and you are over 21, there is an option to do a 21+ exam. The test takes two and a half hours and includes the following:

  • Reading 
  • Use of English (which includes grammar) 
  • Writing 
  • Competence in Economics and Math

This 21+ exam will replace the required minimum educational level if passed. The 21+ exam does not replace the English proficiency requirements: all 21+ candidates are required to submit a TOEFL / IELTS / Cambridge certificate separately as part of the admissions procedure.

Apply online

Do you like what you have read and heard about IBIS so far and think it is the study programme for you? You can apply online here. After your application you will be invited for a Study Check (Dutch students) or for an intake interview (international students).