Numerus Fixus application procedure - International previous education

Since Radboud University values small-scale and interactive education, we can only admit a limited number of students to this programme. In order to apply you must first make sure you meet the admission requirements of the programme. The application procedure then consists of five steps.


  1. Step 1: Create an enrolment application in Studielink

    To apply for a Numerus Fixus Bachelor’s programme, you have to create an account and an enrolment application in Studielink (the national online registration system for Dutch universities) between 1 October and 15 January. First you will be asked to fill in your previous education, then select the programme you wish to apply for in the list that appears.

    Apply in Studielink

    You may not apply for more than two Numerus Fixus programmes per year

    In the Netherlands, prospective students may register for no more than two Numerus Fixus (selective) programmes per yearWhen you apply for a Numerus Fixus programme at Radboud University, it is advisable to apply for a non-selective programme as well, in order to maximise your chances.

  2. Step 2: Upload documents in OSIRIS Application

    After you have created an enrolment application in Studielink, you will receive an email with personal login details for OSIRIS Application. You have 56 days to upload your documents and submit a complete application. After this period, if you have not submitted your application, it will be automatically cancelled.

    You will be asked to upload the following documents:

    • Scan of valid passport (personal details page only) or European ID card
    • Diploma

    If you have graduated and received your diploma, we require you to upload it to your application. If you have graduated but have not received your diploma or if you have not graduated yet, you can indicate this in the application form. In OSIRIS Application, please list the full, official name of the diploma that you have or will receive. Use the language and name in which the diploma is issued.

    • Transcript of grades

    Upload a transcript of grades for the past two years. Please also upload transcripts and diplomas from any post-secondary education that you have studied or are still studying.

    • Sworn translations of diploma and transcript of grades

    Translations need to be made by an officially recognised translator. Official translations are not required if your diploma and transcript are originally in Dutch, English or German. If your school provides English versions of your documents, upload those along with versions of the documents in the original language.

    • Personal Statement

    Your personal statement should contain, at least, a brief description of why you have chosen this specific Bachelor's programme and how it fits your previous education.

    • Overview of education/experience

    Please upload an overview that contains, in chronological order, information about your education and knowledge/experience acquired during an internship, training, or work; for example, a resume.

    • Proof of English proficiency (see admission requirements)

    If you must provide an English language certificate, you are permitted to apply without it. However, if you are admitted to the programme and a language certificate is listed as a requirement in your admission email, you will be required to provide proof of proficiency before the enrolment deadline.

    • Nuffic Certificate (Chinese students only)

    Chinese students are required to apply for a Nuffic Certificate regardless of the level and location of their previous education. The certificate is not required for the application, but if you are admitted to the programme, you will need this certificate by 1 June for the visa procedure. Find more information about it on the  Study in Holland website.

  3. Step 3: Take part in the Selection Process

    If you meet the admission requirements and selection criteria, you will be sent the step-by-step guide by email to the selection process shortly after 15 January. This manual contains the exact deadlines and content of the selection assignments. You can also read about it in the Regulations Selection and Placement.

    The selection procedure assignments will need to be completed in February or March.

    Preparing for the selection procedure assignment

    Please bear in mind that you will need to prepare for the selection procedure assignment. For example, the selection procedure may include a homework assignment or knowledge test; this may require homework. This means that you will need to make sure that you start your assignment on time. You may also be required to send additional documents or information. If you miss the deadline, you will not be allowed to take part in the procedure. 

  4. Step 4: Receipt of your ranking number

    On 15 April, the list of allocated ranking numbers will be published on Studielink. If you have been assigned a ranking number that falls within the number of available places, you will be offered a place via Studielink. 

    If your ranking number is higher than the number of available places. You will automatically be placed you on our waiting list. Do not withdraw your application in Studielink. If you do so, we will no longer be able to offer you a place. If someone declines a place, does not accept a place in time or fails the final exam, their place will be offered to the next person on the ranking list. This means that you can still be offered a place after 15 April. In this case, Studielink will send you a message. So, keep a close eye on your email (including your spam inbox) and your account in Studielink. The very last day that Radboud University will still be able to offer you a place if one becomes available is 31 August.

    Questions about ranking numbers

    Questions about the selection procedure (e.g., questions about ranking numbers and assessment results) may be addressed via email to the relevant study programme.

    Lodging an objection to an assigned ranking number

    If you would like to lodge an objection because of the ranking number that you have been given, you may do this via the Complaints Office within six weeks of receiving your ranking number.

  5. Step 5: Accept your place

    If you are offered a place, you will need to either accept or decline via Studielink within two weeks. Otherwise, your place will be forfeited. If you wish to decline your place, you will need to cancel your enrolment request in Studielink as soon as possible. Your place can then be given to another student.

    Enrolling in two Numerus Fixus study programmes

    If you have enroled in two Numerus Fixus programmes and you have been offered two places, you will need to accept one and decline the other within two weeks. If you accept the last place that was offered, the first place that you accepted will automatically be forfeited. If you would still like to take the study programme that you were first offered, you will then need to cancel your enrolment request for the study programme that you were subsequently offered.

    For example: suppose that you apply for programmes A and B. You are informed in April that you have been offered a place on programme A, and you accept this place within two weeks. In July, you are subsequently informed that you have also been accepted into programme B. If you accept your place on programme B within two weeks, your place on programme A will automatically be forfeited. You will then need to cancel your enrolment request for programme B in Studielink. After all, you can only take one Numerus Fixus programme.

    Finalise your enrolment

    Once you have accepted your place, you can enrol for the programme. Make sure to complete your enrolment before 31 July. Please note that non-EEA students should send in additional mathematics or English certificates (if applicable) before 1 June in view of their visa/residence permit application. Just like EEA students, non-EEA students have until 31 July to send in their diploma.


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