The admission requirements for academic year 2021/22 for the bachelor’s programme University College Venlo (UCV) depend on your prior qualifications. Please check below which requirements apply to you.
UCV is a selective programme. This means that you go through a selection process after applying. The UCV Board of Admissions decides whether you will be invited to study here. The selection process is designed to help the Board of Admissions assess whether there is a match between your academic interests and what UCV has to offer you.
All applicants must meet the following requirements for academic year 2021/22:
1. Entry requirements
Prospective students with a Dutch diploma
If you have one of the diplomas stated below then, in principle, you are directly admissible:
- Dutch VWO diploma
- HBO or OU-propaedeutic diploma
- HBO diploma
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.
Please note: this step will take extra time so it is important that you apply early, preferably before 1 April 2021.
If you register after 1 April 2021, it is possible that you cannot start the programme in academic year 2021/22. Reason might be that assessing the admissibility and / or working to eliminate one (or more) deficiencies may not be completed in time.
Prospective students who do not meet the requirements
Entrance assessment, colloquium doctum
If you don’t have the required diploma, or do not meet the additional requirements, you can still qualify by passing the entrance assessment (colloquium doctum). For this, you must be at least 21 years old at the moment the programme starts.
If you pass the colloquium doctum and submit the requested proof of language proficiency, you will be presented with a certificate that qualifies you to enroll for the relevant bachelor’s programme.
For more information about the colloquium doctum please contact the UCV Office of Admissions
2. Letter of motivation
All candidates should write a letter of motivation in English of 500-1000 words. This is an important part of your application. It is a means to introduce yourself to the Board of Admissions. In the letter, you have to explain why you want to study at University College Venlo and why you think you would be suited for University College Venlo. Include what subjects you are interested in, and what it is that makes these subjects interesting for you. You could also include plans that you already have for after your graduation.
3. English proficiency
Language requirements for this English-language bachelor programme
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.
Answer the questions below to find out if you meet the language requirements.
In some cases, it is possible to transfer credits obtained in other institutions of higher education to your UCV curriculum. The Board of Examiners determines, upon your request, whether credits obtained are eligible for credit transfer. We strongly advice you to already hand in your request for credit transfer before you start your studies at UCV. You can do so by completing the request form for Credit Transfer and upload it in the MyUM portal.
After the Board of Examiners has approved your credits, you discuss with your Academic Adviser (who will be appointed to you after starting UCV) which credits you will transfer definitively, as transferring credits can have implications for your UCV curriculum. There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes down to Credit Transfer:
- you can only transfer credits obtained at an (academic) University
- you cannot transfer credits that are part of a completed degree
- you cannot transfer credits that were part of your admissions requirements
- you can transfer credits up to 60 ECTS
The Board of Examiners will eventually determine whether the request for Credit Transfer is approved.
Transferring credits also has consequences for your curriculum. For instance;
- The total amount of credits obtained at external institutions is 60 ECTS. Hence, a credit transfer can limit your freedom to follow courses at other faculties or to go abroad.
- Because of graduation requirements, transferring credits does not automatically reduce your time at UCV.
- Depending on the kind of courses you transfer, a credit transfer might determine your concentration or might limit your options in other ways.
To sum up, transferring credits is possible, but there are several factors that determine whether your request will be accepted by the UCV Board of Examiners and whether this is beneficial for your curriculum. Sometimes a simple pre-requisite waiver, using your external experience & foreknowledge to get access to more advance level courses, suffices.
Prospective students who received their prior education in a non-EU/EEA country (handling fee)
Prospective students applying for this study programme who received their prior education in a non-EU/EEA country will have to pay a handling fee. More information on this handling fee and how to arrange this payment can be found on the Handling fee page.
Binding Study Advice
University College Venlo has a Binding Study Advice. This means that in your first year of the programme, you must obtain a minimum of 45 out of 60 ECTS credits. As part of these 45 ECTS, you must successfully complete the academic core courses to be able to continue your studies.
Students who fail to meet these criteria will receive a negative Binding Study Advice that leads to exclusion from the programme for a period of six years. All students who are at risk of receiving a negative Binding Study Advice will receive a warning after the first semester.