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Am I admissible with my non-Dutch diploma?

Applicants who apply with a non-Dutch diploma must meet a number of requirements in order to be eligible for admission to our Bachelor’s degree programmes.

If you do not yet meet the requirements but expect to do so in the future (for instance by obtaining your diploma), you can already apply. Please check if you will be able to fulfil the requirements before starting your application.

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.

Please note that the entry requirements for a programme may be updated in the future with the start of a new intake.

General Admission Requirements

 In order to meet the general admission requirements for a Bachelor's programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you will need a diploma that is equivalent to the Dutch pre-university VWO diploma in education level. If you apply with a non-Dutch diploma VU Amsterdam will assess if your previous education is sufficient for admission.

Take a look at the list of equivalent diplomas to see if your diploma is considered equivalent by our university. Please note that you can start your application even if you have not obtained your diploma yet.

Programme-specific Requirements

Every Bachelor’s degree programme has specific entry requirements. This means that if your knowledge of specific subjects is below the required standard, you will need to sit examinations in those subjects.

Please check the Bachelor's programme of your choice to find out if any knowledge of specific subjects is required, for example knowledge of mathematics.

Language Requirements

If you are applying for one of our English-taught Bachelor's programmes you will have to demonstrate English language proficiency.

If you are applying for a Dutch-taught programme will also have to prove that you are sufficiently proficient in Dutch.

You can find an overview of all accepted tests and scores that can be used to demonstrate language proficiency on the language requirement page

Application procedure

The best way to find out whether you can be admitted is by officially submitting an application by following the step-by-step application procedure.

Contact your International Student Advisor if you are applying for one of our English-taught degree programmes. Your International Student Advisor can help you with any questions you have about the programme, admission requirements, application procedure or practical matters related to being an international student studying at VU Amsterdam.

Are you applying for one of our Dutch programmes with a non-Dutch diploma? Then you can contact our Student Desk if you have any questions.

Not directly eligible for admission?

If you do not meet the admission requirements, the following options are advised:

  • Start your academic studies at an accredited university in your home country and obtain relevant credits to meet our entry requirements.
  • Apply for the VASVU foundation year. You will need a basic level of Dutch to start this programme, as VASVU courses are offered in the Dutch language.  
  • In some cases, it is possible to resolve your deficiencies by passing the relevant entrance examinations at Dutch pre-university school-leaving examination level (VWO). These exams are offered in English and/or Dutch. Which exams are required will depend on the programme you are interested in. After submitting an official application, you will be informed if you are eligible for these exams and how you can participate. Deficiencies for students requiring a visa must be resolved before 1 June. Deficiencies for programmes that use a selection procedure must be resolved by 15 July.
  • Have a look at a University of Applied Sciences. They offer programmes with a more applied and practical approach.
  • Foundation year programmes for international students  International students who do not meet the direct admission requirements for an undergraduate degree have the option of applying for a preparation programme at the Holland International Study Centre.  Students can choose to study the Business, Economics and Social Sciences International Foundation Year for progression to the International Business Administration or the Philosophy, Politics and Economics programme, or the Science, Engineering and Computing International Foundation Year for progression to the Business Analytics or the Computer Science degree.  Upon successful completion of the International Foundation Year programme, students can progress to the first year of the related Bachelor’s degrees at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.


VU Amsterdam does not offer any scholarships for international Bachelor's students. Surf to to check whether you qualify for a scholarship from another institute. You can find more information on our Financial support page.   

Student organisations

There are a number of organisations for international students studying in the Netherlands. Some are focused on a specific field of study and others are general organisations:

Association Etats Généraux Etudiants de l’Europe (AEGEE)

Erasmus Student Network VU Amsterdam (ESN-VU)


For questions please contact the Student Desk.

The student desk will help you. Call us on +31 20 59 85020

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