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Admission and Finances
Interested in studying Life Sciences at HAN? Want to know if you meet the admission requirements? Find out here. Also learn about the tuition fees, scholarships and the application process.
To be accepted into Life Sciences at HAN, you need to meet 2 main admission requirements: your prior education and English fluency. It’s also important that Life Sciences is the right choice for you. That’s why we ask you to take part in a Matching activity.
You need a certificate of secondary education. For example:
- Dutch havo or vwo certificate (see the Dutch page for the accepted profiles)
- International Baccalaureate (DP & CP)*
- Sekolah Menegah Atas (SMA)
- General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE-A level)
- Diploma de Bacalaureat
- Diploma di superamento dell’esame di stato conclusivo
- Título de Bachiller
- Diploma za sredno obrazovanie
- Świadectwo ukończenia liceum ogólnokształcącego or świadectwo dojrzałości
Your certificate is not mentioned here? No problem. Our admissions office decides if your prior education is sufficient.
*Haven't received your official IB diploma yet? You can give HAN University of Applied Sciences permission to verify your scores online on the IBO website. HAN's institute code is 035674.
To study Life Sciences, you need to have Chemistry and Mathematics on your secondary school certificate. Biology is recommended.
Have you mastered the topics in the list below? Then you'll be well prepared to start the Life Sciences program.
- Cell structure and organelles
- Biological macromolecules
- Atomic structure
- Periodic table
- Reaction equations
- Chemical calculations
- Acids, bases and pH calculations
- Organic chemistry
- Biochemistry and polymers
- Calculations with fractions
- Calculations with powers
- Order of operations
- Linear functions and equations
- Quadratic functions and equations
To prove your proficiency in English, you have to do a language test. We accept:
- TOEFL iBT* score of 80 or higher
- IELTS (academic) score of 6.0 or higher with no sub-scores below 5.0
- Cambridge FCE Grade C minimum score 169 / CAE / CPE
*Please note that home editions are not accepted. Only tests taken at an examination center are considered. Also, you can ask ETS TOEFL to send us your score directly by using the HAN University of Applied Sciences code: 7832.
Exemption to the language test requirement
You don't have to do a language test if:
- You have completed one of these baccalaureate programs: International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP), International Baccalaureate Careers-Related Program (IBCP) or European Baccalaureate (English Language 1 or 2).
- You completed your secondary or tertiary education in English in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada (not including Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, U.S.A. or the U.K.
- You have one of the diplomas on this Nuffic list and English was part of the curriculum.
Matching is to make sure Life Sciences at HAN is the right choice for you. How does it work? See step 5 below.
Apply in 7 steps
Are you ready to enroll in Life Sciences? Here we guide you through the 7 steps of the application process.
Do you meet the admission criteria? Then you can apply.
- After you apply in Studielink, you'll receive an email from HAN confirming your application. This email will be sent to the email address you entered in Studielink.Haven't received the email? Also not in your junk folder? Contact us so we can work out what's wrong.
Emails about your application will be sent from this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Add this address as a safe sender in your mail program right away. That way info about your application won’t end up in your junk folder.
- If you still need to submit information, you will receive an email about it. This will also contain your login information for “My Application”.
- Log in to "My Application" to submit documents or details. You can also see the status of your submitted information here.
- It’s possible you only need to upload a passport photo. We use the photo for your HAN card, which you will need for all facilities on campus.
- Have you applied for more than one program? Then you will see what info you still need to submit per program.
You want to be sure the program is a good fit for you, right? That’s why at HAN you have to participate in Matching. That could include filling in a questionnaire. Or attending an interview. Each program has its own matching procedure. You’ll automatically be invited to schedule your Matching activities.
- Make sure you've finished steps 2, 3 and 4 before starting your program. Preferably a few weeks before. That way your enrollment is confirmed in time and you have access to all the facilities from the start of your studies.
- Go to Studielink to see if your enrollment in the program is confirmed.
Your tuition fee depends on your nationality. And whether you’ve studied in the Netherlands before. Nationalities within the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) generally pay a lower tuition fee. The table below shows this as EU/EEA. This includes all EU countries plus Norway, Lichtenstein, Iceland and Switzerland. Students from Suriname also pay this lower fee. Check out our page about tuition fees for more information.
Tuition fees for Life Sciences
|EU/EEA + Suriname: 1st-time student
1st time at university or university of applied sciences in the Netherlands. Fee applies for 1 year only.
|€ 1,105||€ 1,157|
|EU/EEA + Suriname: continuing student
Previously enrolled at university or university of applied sciences in the Netherlands. No bachelor degree yet.
|€ 2,209||€ 2,314|
|Student with degree from Dutch institution
Already earned bachelor degree from Dutch university or university of applied sciences.
|€ 8,965||€ 9,400|
Nationality outside the EU/EEA
|€ 8,965||€ 9,400|
Financial guarantee (non-EU/EEA)
The cost of living in the Netherlands may be very different from in your home country. That’s why you're required to pay a financial guarantee. This amount covers your tuition fee and your cost of living. Paying this ensures you have sufficient funds to live and study in the Netherlands. The financial guarantee is a requirement of the visa process.
Interested in studying Life Sciences? Are you an outstanding student? Perhaps you're eligible for a HAN scholarship. These scholarships are offered in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Education and Science.
Cost of Living
Planning to study in the Netherlands? As a rule of thumb, you need about €1000 a month as a student in Arnhem or Nijmegen to live comfortably. Want to know more about monthly expenses and how to save money? Read more on our cost of living page. Are you interested in combining study with work? Check out our page about working in the Netherlands.
|What||Approx. cost per month|
|Renting a furnished room + utilities||€400 to €675|
|Books and study materials||€340 (per year)|
|Public transport||€50 to €100|
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