What TOEFL Scores Do I Need to Study in the Best Universities in Europe?

The best universities in Europe are eager to welcome students just like you. If you’re a hard-working student who is hoping to pursue a Master’s degree somewhere in Europe, several university programmes would be happy to admit you. In order to make sure that you qualify for these universities, you will want to make sure that you take the TOEFL exam – the Test Of English as a Foreign Language.

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Students often ask: ‘will my TOEFL scores be good enough to get me into the best university programmes?’. To answer this question, we have compiled a list of different TOEFL scores that the best universities in Europe will accept. We will list the scores for the two types of TOEFL exams – the paper-delivered test (PDT), and the internet-based test (iBT). Either score, depending on which one you take and where you are located, will be the score you will want to get if you want to be accepted to the best universities in Europe.

550 (TOEFL PDT); 79-80 (TOEFL iBT)

KU Leuven 

  • Master's in Religious Studies & Theology
  • Master's in Psychology
  • Master's in Chemical Engineering
  • Master's in Health Sciences
  • Master's in Biology

Tampere University

  • Master's in Materials Science & Engineering
  • Master's in Human-Computer Interaction
  • Master's in Electrical Engineering

University of Bologna 

  • Master's in International Relations
  • Master's in Political Science
  • Master's in History
  • Master's in European Studies
570 (TOEFL PDT); 88 (TOEFL iBT)

Leiden University 

  • Master's in Archaeology
  • Master's in Biology
  • Master's in Ecology
  • Master's in Animal Sciences
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology 
  • Master's in Electrical Engineering
  • Master's in Mechanical Engineering
  • Master's in Physics
Central European University 
  • Master's in Finance
  • Master's in Legal Studies
  • Master's in Anthropology
  • Master's in Economics
575 (TOEFL PDT); 90 (TOEFL iBT)

Erasmus University Rotterdam  

  • Master's in Economics
  • Master's in Pedagogy
  • Master's in Molecular Sciences
  • Master's in Health Sciences
Chalmers University of Technology 
  • Master's in Architecture
  • Master's in Design
  • Master's in Neuroscience
  • Master's in Computer Sciences

Jönköping University 

  • Master's in Economics
  • Master's in Industrial Design
  • Master's in Health Sciences

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580 (TOEFL PDT); 92 (TOEFL iBT)

University of Helsinki 

  • Master's in Forestry
  • Master's in Neuroscience
  • Master's in Environmental Sciences
  • Master's in Mathematics
Free University of Brussels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
  • Master's in Bio & Biomedical Engineering
600 (TOEFL PDT); 100 (TOEFL iBT)

University of Luxembourg 

  • Master's in Entrepreneurship
  • Master's in Innovation Management
Masaryk University 
  • Master's in European Studies
  • Master's in Public Policy
  • Master's in Political Science

Radboud University 

  • Master's in Psychology
  • Master's in Language Studies
  • Master's in Area & Cultural Studies

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Your TOEFL Scores when studying abroad

Keep in mind that Master's degree programmes will consider other application items, such as GPA and recommendations, and you should not expect to get accepted based on your TOEFL scores alone.

Moreover, some specific Master's degrees may ask for different (higher) TOEFL scores. For example, if a course assigns presentations and writing (such as courses in the Liberal Arts or Humanities), they will probably require a higher TOEFL score. You are encouraged to check the programme page or the university page itself for a more detailed explanation of what TOEFL scores they expect.

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