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If you are not a native speaker of English, you must prove your English proficiency. You may do this by sending to us your score from one of the internationally recognized English testing systems, IELTS being one of them, but not the only one. In exceptional cases you may avoid submitting to us English testing results, if you manage to convince us that your command of English is sufficient: for instance, you lived and/or worked several years in English-spoken environment, studied in university with English as the teaching language, etc. But we do not promise to accept every explanation of this kind.

However, if you include Leiden University as one of your destinations, then you are formally obliged to demonstrate your proficiency in English. This requirement does not apply only if you have completed your education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia or if you have obtained an International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate diploma. We prefer the IELTS test, but TOEFL, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English are acceptable as well. Applicants from mainland China are required to submit an Academic IELTS test score (no other results are accepted) due to visa requirements. Only Academic modules are accepted; we do not accept Institutional TOEFL scores. The certificates need to be recent: not older than 2 years. Minimum score: IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 213/550.

Students from the mainland China going to Leiden must have a Dutch NESO-certificate in due time. This is very important, no matter if they come to Leiden in the first year or the second year. The strict deadline is 1 June. It takes about two months to receive the certificate, so the Chinese students must apply before 1 April, and they must have the IELTS score by this time.