Prospective students with a Dutch diploma
You are directly admissible if you have one of the following diplomas:
- Dutch vwo diploma, new style, all profiles
- Dutch vwo diploma, old style, preferably with mathematics
- Hbo propedeuse, or bachelor’s degree, preferably with mathematics
- OU propedeuse, preferably with mathematics
Prospective students with a non-Dutch diploma
If you have a non-Dutch diploma that is equivalent to the Dutch vwo diploma you are, in principle, admissible to this programme. Check if this applies for your diploma.
If your diploma is not included in this list, it must be evaluated by UM first.
Prospective students with a non-equivalent non-Dutch diploma
If you have a non-Dutch diploma that is not equivalent to the Dutch vwo diploma, then you may be eligible for the Foundation Programme. This is a one-year, full-time programme that prepares motivated international students to be eligible for a bachelor’s programme at Maastricht University.
Read more about the Foundation programme
Prospective students who do not meet the admission requirements
If you not meet the requirements, you can still qualify by passing the entrance exam (colloquium doctum exam). You should at least be 21.
Alternatively, you may be eligible for the Foundation Programme
The Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML) at UM does not organise a colloquium doctum exam, but the Board of Examiners can issue a colloquium doctum certificate. To qualify for this certificate you have to proof your command of the English language and mathematics at vwo level by means of certificates in these two subjects.
You can send the certificates to ec-health[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl. The FHML will then send you the colloquium doctum certificate. This certificate proves that you master the two subjects and based on that, you could be admitted to the bachelor’s in European Public Health at Maastricht University.
You have to arrange obtaining the certificates yourself.
- If you only need to take the preliminary mathematics exam, we refer to: CCVX (Dutch)
- You can take mathematics courses at: Bowell-Beta (Dutch)
- For English language courses we refer to: Babel (Dutch)
- Or take a language course at the UM-language centre
Upload in MyUM
You must upload the colloquium doctum certificate in MyUM, as soon as you have received it.
You must also send a certified copy of the colloquium doctum certificate along with your contact details and a copy of your passport to:
Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences
Institute for Education – Education Office
Att. Secretary Board of Examiners Health
PO Box 616
6200 MD Maastricht
Language requirements for English-language bachelor programmes
As English is the language of instruction in this study programme, it is essential that your English language skills are good enough for you to undertake intensive and challenging academic courses that are taught and examined in English. A minimum level corresponding to academic IELTS 6.0 is required for this study programme.
You automatically meet the language requirements for this study programme if one or more of the following conditions apply:
- you have completed a VWO (Dutch pre-university education) programme
you have completed your VWO equivalent secondary education in an EU/EEA country where you have followed English up to and including the final year
- you have completed your secondary education in a country where English is the national language and language of instruction in education
- you have completed a bachelor’s or master’s study programme where the language of instruction is English
- you have obtained an International or European Baccalaureate, a US high school diploma or UK GCE A-levels
- you have completed secondary education, a bachelor’s or master’s study programme where the language of instruction is NOT English, however, you are able to demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English, for example by English taught courses, internships or work experience in an English environment.
If none of these conditions apply, you can submit one of the following language test certificates (minimum scores between brackets). If you already have a language test certificate, we strongly recommend that you submit this certificate as part of your application.
- IELTS (6.0)
- TOEFL Paper-based test (550)
- TOEFL Internet test (80)
- TOEIC listening and reading (670) and speaking and writing (290)
- Cambridge [First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade B (scale 173-175), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade C (scale 169-172)]
- or similar accredited certification
Please note that UM can reject your application or set additional requirements if there are reasonable doubts about your English language proficiency.
Students who are of the opinion that they have already obtained comparable subjects earlier can request exemptions. The subjects must be equivalent in terms of content, study hours and level.
A request for exemption can only be considered if you have already registered.
For more information about exemptions, you can send an email to the Board of Examiners of FHML: ec-health[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl
(Binding) study advice
At the end of year 1 of the study programme, every student receives advice on whether or not to continue his/her study. This advice is not binding. However, students must obtain a predetermined number of study credits to be admitted to the second year of the programme. The number of credits that must be earned, is documented in the Education and Examination Regulations (EER) of each study programme.