Admission to and selection for a Bachelor’s programme

The Dutch Higher Education and Research Act (Wet op het hoger onderwijs en wetenschappelijk onderzoek (WHW)) sets out which entry requirements prospective students must meet in order to gain admission to a Bachelor’s programme offered by a university. A specific subject combination may be required in some cases, while pupils will be admissible regardless of their subject combination in other cases.


Enrolment quota
Programmes with limited capacity may have an enrolment quota, which establishes the maximum capacity possible for the programme. If the number of prospective students who register exceeds the number of places available, the programme will use a selection procedure to determine who will be admitted to the programme. It will use a ranking list for this purpose, in which students will be positioned on the basis of how they score in the selection procedure. For example, if the programme is able to offer 100 places to students, the first 100 students on the list will be able to enrol in the programme. If one of these students decides not to enrol, the student who is number 101 on the ranking list will be able to enrol.

The registration deadline for enrolment quota programmes is 15 January. After this date, the selection procedure will start and all prospective students will be notified of their ranking number on 15 April. For more information about the steps outlined above, see the Studiekeuze123 step-by-step plan (Dutch only).


Small-scale and intensive
Bachelor’s programmes that are characterised as ‘small-scale and intensive’ are able to decide which students to enrol. Programmes that have this characteristic focus on achieving above-average academic success rates, combining activities from within the curriculum and beyond. These programmes may also charge higher tuition fees (a maximum of five times the statutory tuition fees). While university colleges are characterised as ‘small-scale and intensive’, other Bachelor’s programmes are as well. Here is an overview of programmes with special characteristics, including ‘small-scale and intensive’. 


Click here for more information about the transition from the lottery system to decentralised selection.
Click here for more information about the study check.