Admission requirements for registration with a non-Flemish diploma

If your secondary school diploma was awarded by a secondary school outside the Flemish Community,  you need to apply for admission before you can register for the Bachelor of Business Management programme.  


  • If you graduated from a secondary school in the Flemish Community, you can start your registration here.
  • If you are applying for a Dutch-taught programme, other admission requirements apply.


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Academic requirements

  • Students with a diploma of secondary education obtained in a country which ratified the Lisbon Recognition Convention* are admitted if the obtained diploma provides access to higher education in the country concerned.
  • Students with a secondary school diploma obtained in a country that did not ratify the Lisbon Recognition Convention* can be admitted if the diploma in question provides access to equivalent higher education in the country concerned. (The admission may depend on an additional assessment test, to determine if you have the competences required for the BBM programme.)
  • To assess students’ diplomas, we make use of international recognition databases, such as UK ENIC, Nuffic NL.

    If after this assessment it is still unclear whether your secondary school diploma grants access to (equivalent) higher education in the country concerned, we can request additional documentation which confirms this (i.e. an admission letter by a recognised institution of higher education, transcripts of academic records from a recognised institution of higher education, results of national entrance examinations, a declaration of national or regional education authorities or a declaration by the institution which delivered your secondary school diploma.)
  • If your secondary school diploma was delivered in the Netherlands, you meet our admission requirements if you obtained: a VWO- diploma, or a HAVO diploma + a certificate of a successfully completed “propedeuse year”, or an MBO-4 diploma.
  • Applicants who have been awarded the General Certificate of Education (GCE) are eligible for admission if they can prove they have passed at least 3 A Level subjects with a grade C or above.

*Countries that ratified the Lisbon Recognition Convention: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Georgia, Holy See, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Croatia, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Ukraine, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Tajikistan, Czech Republic, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Kingdom, Belarus, Sweden, Switzerland.

Language requirements

  • Your proficiency in English needs to be attested by means of one of the following English language proficiency certificates:
    • TOEFL -  minimum score iBT 79 (no subscore below 18)
    • TOEFL Home Edition – minimum score iBT 79 (no subscore below 18)
    • IELTS Academic - minimum overall band score 6.5 (no subscore below 5.5)
    • IELTS Online - minimum overall band score 6.5 (no subscore below 5.5)
    • ITACE - minimum level B2 (only administered in test centres in Belgium)
    • ESOL Cambridge - Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) (minimum score 180, no subscore below 165)
    • ESOL Cambridge - Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) 

NB: To share your TOEFL results with us, kindly use our institutional code: 7039.

To share your ESOL Cambridge results with us, kindly select "Odisee" as institution.

  • An exemption from this requirement is possible for: 
    • Applicants who obtained a secondary school diploma or university (college) degree in Australia, English speaking Canada, the Caribbean Islands, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the USA. (Your certified diploma/degree and transcripts suffice as proof, provided they confirm that the whole studies were completed in English.)
    • Applicants who obtained a secondary school diploma or university (college) degree in the Netherlands.
    • Applicants who obtained a bilingual IB diploma or an IB diploma fully taught in English.

Please note:

All registered students will need to take an additional English proficiency test, organized by Odisee University College, at the beginning of the academic year. Students who do not achieve a 70% score on this test will be very strongly advised to register for an English communication module in which we will deal with deficiencies in written and oral communication.

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