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Discover the fundamental role of language in health communication

Are you interested in the contemporary challenges facing healthcare communication, how you approach them and the crucial role of language in this?

Then the Master’s in Communication and Information Studies: Dialogue, Health and Society is the programme for you.

Check whether you meet the programme requirements and sign up

  • I have a Dutch university level (WO) bachelor’s degree (VU bachelor's degree, VU premaster or bachelor's degree at another university)

    Students for this track come from diverse backgrounds. You may have a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Information Studies, Communication Science, Sociology or Psychology, or a bachelor’s degree in Medicine or Health Sciences.

    Basic knowledge in the field of Conversation Analysis and of methods and statistics is required, but tailor-made premaster programmes, including flexible MOOCs, are available to overcome these knowledge gaps where necessary. The Faculty’s Admissions Board will review whether you meet the admission requirements.

    Please contact dr. Joyce Lamerichs for more information: j.m.w.j.lamerichs@vu.nl

  • I have a Dutch higher vocational education (HBO) bachelor’s degree

    If you have a degree in communication or language from a Dutch university of applied sciences (HBO), the Admissions Board of the programme will decide whether you are admissible to the premaster programmes with a maximum of 30 credits. 

    Please contact dr. Joyce Lamerichs for more information: j.m.w.j.lamerichs@vu.nl

  • I have an international degree

    Admission is based on a strict selection procedure. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application. In order to gain admission to one of our Master’s programmes, you will need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent.

    Students for this track come from diverse backgrounds. You may, for example, have an undergraduate degree in Communications, Interactional Linguistics, Conversation Analysis, Sociology, Psychology, or in Health Sciences.

    Basic knowledge in the field of Conversation Analysis and of methods and statistics is required, but tailor-made premaster programmes, including flexible MOOCs, are available to overcome these knowledge gaps where necessary. The Faculty’s Admissions Board will review whether you meet the admission requirements.

    Please contact dr. Joyce Lamerichs for more information: j.m.w.j.lamerichs@vu.nl

    English language requirements

    You must always present official test results proving your proficiency in English. You can apply online without having the test results, but in case you have not taken a test yet, we advise you to plan a test date as soon as possible. The qualification or test result must have been awarded no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment. Below you will find the minimum English test scores for the English taught programmes at the Faculty of Humanities:

    • TOEFL score 100 internet based with a minimum of 20-23 (in each of the subtests).
    • IELTS score of 7.0 overall band score (with none of the separate section scores dropping below a minimum score of 6.5).
    • Cambridge English: Cambridge Proficiency Exam with score A, B, or C; or Cambridge Advanced Exam with score A, B, or C.

    Exemptions from providing the English test scores are applicable to students, who:

    • have completed an English-taught secondary or higher education degree in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia; or
    • have earned a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in an English-taught programme accredited by NVAO in the Netherlands, or
    • have earned a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in an accredited English-taught programme in another member state of the European Union

    The required evidence should, if possible, be included with the complete application. If either unsatisfactory or no evidence of English language proficiency has been provided with the application, admission will be conditional upon the provision of such evidence. This condition will be clearly indicated on the offer letter and must be fulfilled before enrolment at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

    See the Admission and language requirements page for further information on the general requirements

  • Application with a Dutch degree

    Please first check whether or not you are eligible for this programme and then apply. You can apply for the Master's programme Dialogue, Health and Society under the label Communicatie- en Informatiewetenschappen (Communication and Information Studies) via Studielink. The application deadline is: June 1st

    If you have a Dutch diploma, follow this application procedure.

    What happens after I have applied?

    After you have applied for the master in Studielink, you will receive within two days emails with your login details for VUnet (VU studentportal). Please complete your application in VUnet. Don't forget to fill in your specialization on VUnet: Multimodal Communication.

    During this step you will be asked to upload the following documents:

    • Transcript of records (scan from original)
    • Course descriptions (i.e. for courses related to the discipline of the Master, and for courses on general academic skills)
    • List of literature (the most important literature used for the courses). 
    • CV

    Please prepare these documents before you're going to complete your application in VUnet!

    Please note: students of the Faculty of Humanities at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam do NOT need to upload these documents.

    Your application will be reviewed by the Admission Board of Faculty of Humanities. You will be informed whether you have been admitted via Studielink.

  • Application procedure for international degree holders

    If you have read the admission criteria and feel you are eligible for admission, please take the following steps to submit your application. Note that the initial application procedure is fully online and that scans of your original documents are required.

    The application deadlines are:

    • 1 June for non-Dutch EU/EEA students
    • 1 June for holders of a Dutch Bachelor’s degree (with a Dutch or EU/EEA nationality)
    • 1 April for non-EU/EEA students*

    *non-EU/EEA students who do not need a study visa and/or a residence permit can still apply until 1 June

    Step 1: Review the admission criteria

    Step 2: Prepare your documents and apply online  

    Please prepare the following documents. You can find an explanation of each document on the application page. All documents should be provided in English.

    • Copy of your valid passport or ID (ID only for EU residents)
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Motivation Letter
    • Transcript of records
    • Thesis (or another sample of academic writing)
    • A description of the relevant courses you have taken during your previous higher education and a list of all the main literature. You can use this format

    After preparing the required documents, please follow the online application procedure. Once you have completed the application, our international student advisors will contact you via email.

    Step 3: Await the decision on admission

    The admission board will review your application as soon as it is complete. Normally this takes about four weeks, but it might take longer in busy periods so be sure to apply as soon as possible. If you are admitted to the programme, you will receive a letter of conditional admission by email. 

    Step 4: Finalise your registration!

    Make sure to finalise your registration as a student before the start of the programme. Here you will find an explanation on what to do after you are admitted. When all of the conditions are met, you will be ready to start your programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam!

    Application fee & deadlines

    All students seeking admission to an international Bachelor’s or Master’s programme with an international degree are required to pay a non-refundable €100 application fee. Only after you have paid this fee will we be able to start the evaluation of your application file. If you are applying for more than one programme, you will only need to pay the application fee once. Your application fee payment is valid for two years.

    Information on how to apply with an international university degree and deadlines can be found here.

    For more information, international students may also contact the International Student Advisor: masters.hum@vu.nl.

    Grants and scholarships

    As an international student planning to study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you can apply for a variety of grants and bursaries. Detailed information about scholarships and deadlines can be found on www.vu.nl/scholarships or www.grantfinder.nl.

    Student Ambassadors

    Some International students are happy to tell you about their experience with living and studying in Amsterdam. These Student Ambassadors come from all over the world and have attended various Bachelor's and Master's programmes.

    Our Student Ambassadors are listed here on this webpage: vu.nl/ambassadors. Reach out to them and get their stories about being a student at VU Amsterdam.

Want to know more?

Don't hesitate to contact us!

Are you applying with a Dutch diploma? You can contact the Educational Office of the Faculty of Humanities for questions and practical information: toelating.fgw@vu.nl.

Are you applying with a non-Dutch diploma? You can contact the International Student Advisor of the Faculty of Humanities, Irena Paap: masters.hum@vu.nl

International students are also welcome to call the International Student Advisor of the Faculty of Humanities, Irena Paap: +31 20 598 5252

Do you have any other 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