A lot of students keep wondering if they can study in the Netherlands with a second class lower. Before answering this question, I would like you to know that as a master’s degree is becoming more valuable for high-paying jobs around the world, this causes an increase in the number of graduates applying for this degree, as the number of applicants keeps growing, the entry requirements keep becoming tougher and more competitive.


If you are a graduate with a second-class GPA hoping to study in the Netherlands, then we believe it will interest you to know some or all the things required to successfully register and study there.

  • A Recognisable Degree: The first step for you to take is to find out if the degree given to you in your homeland is recognizable in the Netherlands. You are to contact the international office of the university you are interested in pursuing.
  • Resident Permit: After you have confirmed that the course you were given is recognized in the Netherlands, you will have to get a work permit if you are not an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen.
  • Language Proficiency: Dutch and English languages are the most spoken languages in the Netherlands. To determine your sufficient mastery of English you will have to take TOEFL, IELTS, GMAT, or GRE. Whichever test you are to take you will have to put in your very best in order to get in. Your score should be highly competitive because, in some programs, the number of applicants is far higher than the available places. Now, this is where the selection procedure comes into light. Also, note that required average scores vary according to universities and majors because each university and course have different admission requirements. Sometimes even each course within the same school has different admission requirements.

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Some other things you need are:

  • Your CV or a resume
  • Cover letter
  • Undergraduate certificate or any other certificates
  • Grade transcripts
  • A national ID card
  • Recommendation letter (if it is needed)

You will be required for some other important documents though the requirements vary with chosen universities and field of courses. So it is of great importance that you check out all your requirements and clearance from your chosen university and course.

The Dutch language is their first official spoken language that would have to be learned. Yes, most people in the Netherlands take the Dutch language as their first language and the English language as their second language, hence, most people in the Netherlands can speak the English language but in order to live in Netherland, you will have to learn the two languages.

Besides the communication aspect of learning the two languages, most universities may offer you courses in Dutch though as a second language which you obviously have to do.

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Now back to the original question, can I study in the Netherlands with a second class lower? The answer to that is YES but please note that it is not all the universities in the Netherlands that will accept students in the Netherlands.

If you have a second class lower you still have a chance to study in the Netherlands. The good news is that some master’s degree programs in the Netherlands do not have strict criteria for the minimum GPA requirement.

The GPA required by you depends on the course you applied for and your overall academic profile. In cases where a student has a good academic record and achievements, your GPA might play a minor role in your requirements. Universities in the Netherlands like Wageningen Universiteit, Universiteit Twente, Radboud Universiteit, etc, accept second-class lower for their English-based master’s based degree program.

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