NT2 State examination or integration examination
For people wishing to start studying in the Netherlands at intermediary level (MBO), higher level (HBO) or academic level (WO) and having been educated for over three years at secondary school, it is recommended to take the NT2 state examination.
Passing the NT2 state examination, entitles you to exemption of the integration examination. The NT2 state examination is more difficult than the intergration examination. It is important to take a well-considered decision about which cousre to take, as DUO only grants a loan once.