Bachelor and Master students must have sufficient command of both written and spoken English to follow their course at the Royal Conservatoire.

Students from EU/EEA countries whose proficiency in English is not up to standard cannot be admitted to the programme. In doubtful cases you are advised to follow a language course.

If you have been admitted and you are from a country outside the EU/EEA (with exception of Canada, New-Zealand, Australia, United States of America or South Africa), you must demonstrate – before 1 September 2020 - that your level of English is sufficient to follow the course.

You can demonstrate your command of English with your score on any of the following English language proficiency tests:

  • or Cambridge English (FCE/CAE/CPE).

The scores are valid for two years and have to be valid on 1 September 2020.
The minimum standard is a score of 6.0 in the IELTS test or level 80 in the TOEFL test.

Certificates from the Institutional TOEFL test, the TOEFL ITP test or other langauge proficiency tests will not be accepted.

Click here to see the levels of the various language proficiency tests.

Prepratory year
The minimum requirement for the preparatory year of six to twelve months and for the pre-Master programme of six months or more is a score of 5.0 in the IELTS test; the minimum requirement for a preparatory year or a pre-Master programme of less than six months is a score of 5.5 in the IELTS test.

National code of conduct
The requirements for the level of proficiency in English are laid down in the national code of conduct , which has been signed by the University of the Arts The Hague. The requirements are also incorporated in the Code of Conduct for Language Policy of the University of the Arts The Hague.


Dutch for international students
In addition to a good working knowledge of English, it is important for students to have a basic command of Dutch. First-year students at the Royal Conservatoire therefore have the option of following Dutch classes in the first semester of each academic year. The Dutch classes are also open to exchange students.