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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 one of the following certificates of secondary education:
- Dutch havo or vwo certificate (see the Dutch page for the accepted profiles)
- International Baccalaureate*
- Sekolah Menegah Atas (SMA)
- General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE-A level)
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
You need to prove you have a sufficient level of English. We require one of the following:
- IELTS score of at least 6.0
- TOEFL score of 80 or higher (internet-based)
- Cambridge certificate: FCE Grade C minimum score 169 / CAE / CPE
If you take a TOEFL exam, you can ask ETS TOEFL to send us your score directly by using the HAN University of Applied Sciences code: 7832.
Matching is to make sure Life Sciences at HAN is the right choice for you. How does it work? Apply for the program. After that we contact you about an online interview. After the interview we email you with 1 of 3 possible matching results:
Congratulations! Life Sciences seems to be a good match for you.
2. Action required
You need to take some steps to prepare for your studies. By doing this, you increase your chances of success at HAN. The steps are not mandatory. They are recommendations, like working on your mathematics or talking to other students. Taking these steps is your own responsibility.
The program doesn’t seem to be a good match for you. Depending on when you applied, this could mean 2 things. You're advised not to enroll in Life Sciences. Or you're excluded from enrolling in this program.
Questions? More information?
Contact ASK HAN on +31 24 353 05 00 or by email: Ask@HAN.nl.
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.
You’re invited for an online interview. This is to check whether the program is a good match for you.
You receive matching advice by mail. Check this advice. It tells you if the program is a good match for you or not. In some cases we advise you not to enroll.
Received your acceptance letter? Paid your tuition fees? Then you are officially a HAN student! Not sure? Go to the HAN application portal to see the status of your documents/requirements.
A great opportunity to get to know your lecturers and classmates as well as the campus and city of Nijmegen.
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.
Note: tuition fees for 2021-2022 were lowered because of decisions made by the government and HAN regarding the coronacrisis.
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.
|EU/EEA + Suriname: continuing student
Previously enrolled at university or university of applied sciences in the Netherlands. No bachelor degree yet.
|Student with degree from Dutch institution
Already earned bachelor degree from Dutch university or university of applied sciences.
Nationality outside the EU/EEA
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
|What||Approx. cost per month|
|Renting a furnished room + utilities||€350-€400|
|Food from the grocery store||€180|
|Books and study materials||€350 (for 1 year)|
Other expenses depend on your spending patterns. To give you an idea of these costs:
|Movie ticket||€ 10|
|Meal in a simple café||€ 15|
|Coffee/tea or soft drink on a terrace||€ 2.50 - € 3.00|
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Next page: Practical information
Do you know if you need a visa? How do you arrange student accommodation? And what about insurances and public transport? Get all the practical info on the next page.