Language Certificate

The lessons at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam are in Dutch or English. Therefore every student at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam must have a passive as well as an active knowledge of the Dutch or English language. Students who cannot speak and understand English (or Dutch), cannot be admitted to the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

In order to enrol as a student, foreign candidates from non-English speaking countries outside EU, need to present a TOEFL or IELTS certificate with a sufficient score. The minimum scores that are regarded as sufficient can be found below. The certificate needs to be submitted together with the other papers for the audition. Without a TOEFL or IELTS diploma, or without a sufficient score, the candidate cannot be enrolled as a student.

Candidates from non-English speaking EU-countries are excempted from the IELTS- and TOEFL-requirement in case English was part of the secondary school exam concluded with sufficient result. Evidence should to be added to the application form. All other candidates from non-English speaking EU-countries should submit an IELTS- or TOEFL certificate.

Minimum scores

Minimum scores IELTS:
Preliminary Training: 5,0
Bachelor Programme: 6,0
Master Programme: 6,0
Associate Degree: 6,0

Minimum total score TOEFL*:
TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): 64
TOEFL Computer-based test (CBT): 180
TOEFL Paper-based test (PBT): 507

ETS code: 7710

N.B. you are free to choose your test type, however, we recommend the iBT because it contains speaking.

For more information about the tests, where to take them etc., please view: or

For more information on our language policy and the test scores please view the Language Policy of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (PDF).