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Decipher truth and reality

Are you curious and studious? Keen to study the fundamental questions that are asked in philosophy, and to evolve as an independent thinker? 

Then the Bachelor of Philosophy is just the thing for you.
Check here whether you meet the admission requirements and how to register.

Admission requirements

  • Applying for Philosophy with a non-Dutch diploma

    Applicants holding a non-Dutch pre-university diploma apply via the International Office. We check if your previous education meets a number of requirements. If you do not yet meet the requirements but expect to do so in the future (such as obtaining your diploma), you can already apply. We will evaluate your application and inform you of our admission decision.

    Requirements that apply:

    1. A diploma equivalent to the Dutch pre-university VWO-diploma
    See the Diploma Requirement List for examples of accepted diplomas per country.
    Please note: this list is meant to give you an indication of admissibility; no rights can be derived from it.
    Applicants who do not meet this criterion may be asked to sit (an) entry exam(s) to prove they are eligible for admission.

    2. Proof of sufficient proficiency in English
    Although complete applications are preferred, you can begin your application before you have completed the test and then submit your passing score once you have been conditionally admitted. You can find all accepted tests and scores on our Language Requirements webpage.

    Application documents:

    • Transcript of records; a transcript in English of the grades obtained over the final two years of your high school and any further education up to the moment of your application. IB and A-level applicants are asked to upload their predicted grades.
    • A scan of your diploma (if you have already graduated).
    • Curriculum Vitae; the curriculum vitae should include your personal details and list your previous education and relevant work experience (± 1-2 pages).
    • English language test results (if already obtained).
    • Copy of valid passport or ID (ID for EEA students only).

    Application deadline:

    The final application deadline for non-EU/EEA students is 1 April  and for Dutch and EU students the final deadline is 1 May. Do you have a non-Dutch nationality? Then you may be eligible for housing  via the International Office Accommodation Services. An early application is then recommended.

    Ready to apply?
    Great! Click here to start your application.

    By selecting Philosophy in Studielink you can start you application – in VUnet, the next application step, you can confirm your choice for the English-taught track. If you have your Studielink set to Dutch you can find the programme under Filosofie. Note that for diplomas obtained outside of the Netherlands an application fee of €100 applies.

  • Applying for Filosofie with a non-Dutch diploma

    A non-Dutch diploma gives access to this bachelor's program if this diploma is equivalent to the Dutch VWO diploma. If you do not yet meet the requirements but expect to do so in the future (such as obtaining your diploma), you can already apply. The VU will assess the admission request after receiving your application. Any additional admission requirements depend on your non-Dutch previous education.

    Deficiencies at 6 VWO level
    You can obtain your certificates at various institutions.
    Do you want to prepare for obtaining VWO partial certificates? Then you can follow additional education at an evening school or at other institutions that offer education at VWO level.

    Ready to apply?
    Great! Click here to start your application. 

  • Applying for Philosophy with a Dutch diploma

    VWO diploma
    Applicants who obtained a VWO diploma (all profiles) from a Dutch secondary educational institution are eligible for admission to the Bachelor programme Philosophy at VU Amsterdam.

    Higher professional education (HBO) propaedeutic year 

    • Dutch at 6 VWO level
    • English at 6 VWO level
    • Mathematics A of B of C at 6 VWO level

    Higher professional education (HBO) completed programme 
    Eligible for admission

    Aged 21 or over?  
    Dutch applicants who do not meet any of the above educational requirements and who are aged 21 or over, may be admitted by way of colloquium doctum. This requires obtaining the following modular certificates at 6 VWO level:

    • Dutch at 6 VWO level
    • English at 6 VWO level
    • History at 6 VWO level
    • German or French or Mathematics A or B or C at 6 VWO level

    Deficiencies at 6 VWO level
    You can obtain your certificates at various institutions.
    Do you want to prepare for obtaining VWO partial certificates? Then you can follow additional education at an evening school or at other institutions that offer education at VWO level.

    Ready to apply?
    Great! Click here to start your application. 

  • VU Study Choice Check

    As a prospective student at VU Amsterdam you will take part in the VU Study Choice Check. For this study programme the VU Study Choice Check consists of a digital questionnaire and an activity. The VU Study Choice Check aims to give you a realistic idea of the content of the study programme, so you can determine if it matches your expectations and whether you have chosen the right programme. The activity will be organized online for all students. The invitation will be sent out from the end of April.

    For general information about the VU Study Choice Check please check out the website VU Studiekeuzecheck (in Dutch) or VU Study Choice Check (in English), or send an email to studychoicecheck.fgw@vu.nl.

  • Binding Study Advice (BSA)

    The BSA is an advice given to all Bachelor’s students on four occasions during their first year of studies concerning their study progress. The fourth recommendation, issued at the end of the first year, is binding in nature. To continue to the second year you must have obtained a certain number of credits.

    To receive a positive BSA for this study programme you must have obtained a minimum of 42 EC (credits) at the end of the first year of enrolment. Every student has access to an overview of the obtained study results and assessments are available for inspection after registration of the test result.

Want to know more?

General questions

For general questions, please send an email to contact@vu.nl.

Call us on +31 20 5985000 (on working days from 10.00 till 16.00)

Or send a Whatsapp message to +31682548367

International diploma applicants

International diploma applicants are welcome to send an email to bachelors.hum@vu.nl or book a phone appointment to get in touch with the International Student Advisor of this programme:

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