Language requirements

Enrolment in a Bachelor’s Degree Programme

Language requirements Dutch is the official language of instruction. Consequently, most of our bachelor's programmes are completely organized in Dutch.

Language level

The required level of Dutch to study at KU Leuven is level B2. This can be proved in various ways, such as the ITNA-certificate, the PTHO or PAT-certificate (offered worldwide), or the NT2 II-certificate.

The following certificates are recognized by the university college:

  • A proof that the applicant has successfully followed a Dutch-language study programme of at least one year, either at an institute of Higher Education or a Secondary School, or succesfully completed at least 60 ECTS credits in a Dutch taught higher education degree programme.
  • a Dutch language certificate that is recognized by the Dutch language (Nederlandse Taalunie) and that grants access to higher education.
  • to submit a certificate which demonstrates that the candidate student at least has a B2 level of proficiency in Dutch of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages:
    - ITNA test: The Interuniversitaire Taaltest Nederlands voor Anderstaligen is developed and administered by all members of the Interuniversity Testing Consortium (IUTC): Ghent University, KU Leuven, University of Antwerp and Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
    - language certificate Level 5 of the ILT- University of Leuven
    - language certificate Level 5 of the HUB
    - language certificate Level 4 of the Antwerp University
    - language certificate Level 3 of Ghent University
  • A certificate issued by an Adult Learning Centre (in Dutch: CVO or Centrum voor Volwassenenonderwijs”), minimum level 3
  • A certificate PTHO (Profiel Taalvaardigheid Hoger Onderwijs) awarded by “Nederlandse Taalunie”, Certificaat Nederlands als Vreemde Taal (CnaVT);
  • A certificate PAT (Profiel Academische Taalvaardigheid) awarded by “Nederlandse Taalunie, Certificaat Nederlands als Vreemde Taal (CnaVT).

Language tests and language preparation

LUCA School of Arts will not organize an internal language proficiency test for prospective students.  Students applying for admission to our BA degree programmes can take part at one of the aforementioned tests .

You may be advised to follow a language preparatory year offered by one of the university language centres in Flanders, but before you can enrol for the preparatory language year you need to be conditionally admitted into one of our Dutch bachelor programmes.

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