Entry Requirements for Direct Entry Final Phase Students ('Top-up')

Credit Transfer into undergraduate degree programmes (Advanced Placement)

Credit Transfer into undergraduate degree programmes (Advanced Placement)

Entry into bachelor's programmes at Wittenborg always require a validated high school diploma according to the general admissions requirements. However, students with a successful, prior recognised, higher education study period equivalent to a maximum 160 European Credits (2-3 years Higher Education) in a related business or economic field are able to enter directly into the final phase of the various bachelor's programmes. Entry is based on Credit Transfer as described in the Lisbon Treaty (ECTS) and students must always be initially accepted into the undergraduate programme. A minimum of 80 credits (only Final Phase modules), 1-2 years study is always required in cases of maximum credit transfer.

The judgement of entry qualifications applicants with a non-Dutch education is initially based on comparison and recognition through ENIC-NARIC, the Nuffic Country Modules and a Nuffic evaluation, if required. In individual cases, the examination and graduation board will decide on entry based on credit transcripts and qualifications presented.

Note: Credit Transfer is not accepted into postgraduate (master's) programmes, unless students are studying in an institutional Transnational Education (TNE) partnership programme.

See this page for specific details of all Credit Transfer considered at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences

Question - What is a 'top-up' programme?

In the UK and other countries a 'Top-up degree' is seen as equivalent to the final year of an undergraduate degree. These courses are aimed at students who have previously completed a related foundation-level degree (or equivalent, e.g. an HND) and they provide a route for students to achieve a bachelor's degree. At Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences a 'top-up' is the last 1/3 of any programme in the bachelor of business administration degree for students who enter with the maximum amount of credit transfer from a previous period of higher education study within the domain of economics, business, or management. Students entering the Final Phase of Wittenborg's undergraduate programmes as 'top-up' students with credit transfer study the curriculum of the full programme alongside students who have progressed without Credit Transfer. See 'What is a top-up programme'.

Examples of accepted entry qualifications for Credit Transfer into the Final Phase

For direct entry into the final phase of a bachelor's programme a recognised and validated high school diploma is required plus proof of a period of study or recognised higher education qualification that can lead to credit transfer.

Example UK Qualifications:

For top-up courses, we can consider BTEC Higher National Diploma (3-year diploma) holders for entry into IBA Final Year (Top-up) degree programme, depending on subjects studied.

Note: We can consider BTEC National Extended Diploma 180 credits (2-year diploma) combined with MBO4 Certificate holders for entry into IBA Phase 2 degree programme, depending on subjects studied.

Example of Chinese Qualifications:

For top-up courses we can consider Dazhuan (Zhuanke - 3-year diploma) holders for entry into the IBA Final Year (Top-up) degree programme if the Dazhuan has been completed in a field of Business & Economics.

English Language Requirements
IELTS 6 or TOEFL equivalent. Click here for an overview of the equivalent scores.
TOEFL Code of Wittenborg is 4889.

NB: Students who receive advance placement are not entitled to any exemptions and applications for exemptions to the Examination and Graduation Board will not be accepted. See this page for specific details of all Credit Transfer considered at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences.