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Study and analyse human behaviour and wellbeing

Are you interested in people and what drives them? Do you wonder about the mechanisms and influences underlying human behaviour? Do you want to share your insights with and inspire others, enabling them to function better? 

Then the Psychology programme is for you. 

Admission requirements

  • Selection - Numerus Fixus

    For students who want to start the bachelor's programme in Psychology starting September 2021, a selection procedure (Numerus Fixus) applies. There are 600 places available at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. This may mean that not everyone who wishes to study Psychology at VU Amsterdam can be admitted. Apart from Psychology, you can apply for one other Numerus Fixus study programme in the Netherlands. In case you have been admitted to two programmes, you can only accept one place.

    What does the selection look like? 
    If you have applied for the programme between 1 October 2020 and 15 January 2021 (23.59 CET), you can participate in the selection procedure. You will receive further information about this procedure by email after we received your application.

    We use two criteria to select students: 

    1. Average final grade of your secondary school programme. For this purpose, the grades of the last completed year of secondary school are taken into account.  
    2. A selection test, consisting of a:
    • Psychology knowledge test 
    • Research methods test

    The selection test is based on study materials, which are representative for the first year of the bachelor's programme in Psychology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. 

    For the successful completion of the programme, sufficient proficiency in the English language is very important.

    The online selection test 
    The online selection test will only be accessible during 24 hours from Thursday 18 February, 12.00 noon (CET)  until Friday 19 February, 12 noon (CET). The activity will take you a few hours to finish so reserve enough time in your schedule. 

    The selection test can only be made and has to be completed within this 24 hour time frame. There is no exception to this rule. If you are unable to take the selection test, we will unfortunately not be able to give you a ranking number. Without a ranking number it is not possible to start the programme. 

    Read more about the selection rules and deadlines for programmes with a Numerus Fixus selection procedure

    Literature and practice assignments 
    About two weeks in advance of the test you will receive access to the necessary literature by email.

    How will the results be determined? 
    The score that we determine based on your grades from your previous education counts for 30%. The scores based on your results on the Psychology and Research methods tests each count for 35%. The three scores together determine your position on the ranking list. Your position on the ranking list determines your chances of being placed. The lower your ranking number, the better your chances of being offered a place in our programme.

    Important dates: 

    • 15 January 2021 23.59 uur CET: registration deadline in Studielink, including uploading required documents for admission
    • 18-19 February 2021: taking the online test 
    • 15 April 2021: results of the selection procedure will be announced through Studielink
    • 15 July 2021: meet admission requirements and pay tuition fees
  • Admission requirements

    Psychology is a selective programme (Numerus Fixus). In addition to being selected for a spot in the programme, applicants  holding a non-Dutch pre-university diploma must meet 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. All outstanding requirements need to be met in full by the time you enrol for the programme. Admission to the programme will remain conditional until your certified diploma copy is received and the conditions in your admission decision letter have been met.

    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.

    3.Proof of sufficient proficiency in Mathematics
    After you apply to the programme and upload the required documents in our student portal, your International Student Advisor will have a look at your transcripts to determine whether your diploma is equivalent to the Dutch VWO diploma and whether your mathematics level is sufficient. 

    These examples of diplomas demonstrate sufficient proficiency in the required level of mathematics: 

    • International Baccalaureate: all IB mathematics subjects.
    • British GCE A-Levels: A-levels or AS-level in Mathematics with a grade A, B or C. Recent A-levels in Psychology (obtained after 2015) are also accepted. 
    • Germany: Zeugnis der allgemeinen Hochschulreife 
    • European Baccalaureate: Mathematics; written or oral examination, at least 3 hours during the Orientation Cycle. 

    If your diploma is not considered to be at the right level and/or if your proficiency in mathematics is considered to be insufficient, your International Student Advisor will inform you about the possibilities how to meet the requirements with additional certificates. 
    When advised to sit (an) entry exam(s), the following certificates are deemed equivalent to Dutch VWO Mathematics C and Biology*. 

    *Applicants who do not meet the first criterion (equivalent diploma to the Dutch VWO diploma) may be asked to sit a Biology entry exam to prove they are eligible for admission.

    • Boswell-Bèta (English). Boswell-Bèta in Utrecht (the Netherlands) provides a VWO Mathematics C exam and Biology exam. 
    • CCVX (Dutch and English). CCVX offers a VWO Biology exam.

    If you have obtained or will obtain a Dutch diploma, please check the criteria on our Dutch webpage.

  • Application

    Application documents:

    International applicants are asked to upload the following 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).

    Note that for diplomas obtained outside of the Netherlands an application fee of €100 applies.

    Application deadline:

    The application deadline for all students for 2021-2022  is 15 January 2021. You will be informed about your admission within four weeks after the completion of your application (including all required documents).

    Ready to apply?

    The Bachelor's programme in Psychology is a Numerus Fixus study programme. You can apply for 2021-2022 until 15 January 2021.

    Have you read the information above and are you ready to apply? Great! Click here to start your application.

  • 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?

Are you applying with a non-Dutch diploma?

You can contact Frieda Schaufeli or Lieneke Blok - International Student Advisors of the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences:

International diploma applicants are also welcome to call: click here to book a phone appointment (select Bachelor - Psychology) or call Frieda: +31 20 598 2883 and Lieneke: +31 20 5982899

Do you have any other questions?

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

Or send a Whatsapp message to +31682548367

For general questions, please send an email to

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