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How do I apply for a Bachelor’s programme?

The application procedure for a VU Bachelor's programme depends on the type of programme you want to follow and your previous education.

To apply you can follow the step-by-step application procedure as listed below.

A list of all English-taught Bachelor's programmes can be found on our overview page. Note sure yet what you want to study? Then take a look at our steps for choosing the right programme or visit one of our online fairs

Application deadlines: 

Applications for 2021-2022 are possible from the beginning of October until the following deadlines:

  • Numerus Fixus: 15 January 
  • Non-EU/EEA students: 1 April
  • EU/EEA students and students who do not need a study visa/residence permit through VU Amsterdam*: 1 May

*You can find out on our visa page if you need to apply for immigration documents. 

Application procedure: 

Which application procedure applies in your situation depends on the type of diploma you have obtained and the language of instruction of the programme of your interest. There are four different types of programmes:

  • Bachelor’s programmes with a Numerus Fixus(limited number of spots): Psychology, Dentistry, Medicine, Criminology
    Apply for a programme with a Numerus Fixus
  • Bachelor's programmes with a partner institution: the applications for Mechanical Engineering and Liberal Arts and Sciences (AUC) are processed by the University of Twente and Amsterdam University College
    Apply for Mechanical Engineering
    Apply for Liberal Arts and Sciences (AUC)
  • Bachelor’s programmes with a selection procedure: Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) and Law in Society 
    To apply for these programmes you can follow the application procedure listed below.
  • Bachelor’s programmes with VU Study Choice Check: all other programmes
    To apply for these programmes you can follow the application procedure listed below.

Questions?

Contact your International Student Advisor if you are an international student applying for one of our international 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-taught programmes and/or are you applying with a Dutch diploma? Then you can contact our Student Desk if you have any questions


Applying for an English-taught programme with a non-Dutch diploma

  • General admission requirements

    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.

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

    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.
  • Application Procedure for programmes with VU Study Choice Check

    1. Check if you match the admission requirements

    Go to the information page of your programme of interest and check the admission requirements for the programme under "Admissions".

    2. Apply in Studielink

    Go to Studielink and create an application for the study programme you wish to apply for. Studielink is the national application system used by all Dutch Universities. It is not possible to apply outside of this system. In Studielink you can apply for a maximum of 4 courses in total in the Netherlands. Your application will remain active for 8 weeks after creating your Studielink account. To keep it active after this period, you will have to submit your application in VUnet (step 3).

    Do you live in the Netherlands? Then you will need to log in with your DigiD. 
    If you do not yet live in the Netherlands you can choose "Log in without DigiD".

    Important when you register in Studielink:

    • Make sure that the e-mail address you fill in in Studielink (My details) is correct: you will receive important notices concerning your enrolment via this address.
    • Please enter your prior education (on the basis of which your application will be judged) correctly.
    • Select the study programme of choice with (Bachelor) at the end from the list in Studielink (note: specialisations and tracks can be selected in VUnet, the next step of your application).
    • Enter your payment details so that the correct tuition fee can be calculated. This does not generate and automatic payment. The deadline for payment is 31 August 2021.
    • Please be aware that your enrolment must be fully completed on 31 August 2021 in order to start your study programme on 1 September 2021. If your enrolment is not complete on this date, you will have to postpone your study programme until the following academic year.

    3: Complete your application in VUnet

    After you complete your application request in Studielink you will receive your login details – a VUnet-ID username and a password – for our application system VUnet by email. This may take up to two working days. In case you did not receive your login details, please first check your spam folder. If you are still unable to locate them, then contact the UCIT service desk on ucit-servicedesk@vu.nl or +31 (0)20 598 0000.

    In VUnet you will be asked to answer some study-specific questions and choose – if applicable – the specialisation or track of your programme.
    It is here that you can upload the required application documents in PDF-format and complete your application. 

    Please note: you do not have to send original documents when applying! For the application phase uploading scans of your previous education documents is sufficient. 

    Questions? Read our step by step guide to VUnet

    VU Study Choice Check

    With VU Study Choice Check you check whether the Bachelor’s study programme you are applying for suits you. As part of your application you are asked to complete step 1: the Study Choice Check questionnaire. Read more about the VU Study Choice Check.  

    4: Pay the application fee

    If you obtained your diploma outside of the Netherlands we ask you to pay a non-refundable €100 application fee. Only after you have paid this fee will we be able to start the assessment of your application file. Please do not delay paying the fee as this will delay your application.

    Read more about how to pay the application fee.

    5: Wait for the admission decision

    Once your file is complete, the International Office will confirm receipt of your complete application. If there are any documents missing and/or further information is needed, you will be contacted by your International Student Advisor or the International Support Assistant.

    Once you have received confirmation that the application is complete, we aim to send you the decision on admission within 4 weeks. 

    Note that during holiday times and closer to the deadline dates the decision time is longer than in slower periods. Keep this in mind in planning when to submit your application. 

    All information regarding your application will be sent to your Studielink registered email address. It is your own responsibility to check your inbox regularly, including the spam folder. 

    Unsure if your application is complete? 


    You can always check the status of your application in the VUnet status overview.
    Note that your application is only complete when you have received a confirmation email from us. Questions? Contact your International Student Advisor.

  • Application Procedure for selective programmes: Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) and Law in Society

    1. Check if you match the admission requirements

    Go to the 'Admissions' page of PPE or Law in Society and check the admission requirements and selection procedure for the programme.

    2. Apply in Studielink

    Go to Studielink and create an application for the study programme you wish to apply for. Studielink is the national application system used by all Dutch Universities. It is not possible to apply outside of this system. In Studielink you can apply for a maximum of 4 courses in total in the Netherlands. Your application will remain active for 8 weeks after creating your Studielink account. 

    Do you live in the Netherlands? Then you will need to log in with your DigiD. 
    If you do not yet live in the Netherlands you can choose "Log in without DigiD".

    Important when you register in Studielink:

    • Make sure that the e-mail address you fill in in Studielink (My details) is correct: you will receive important notices concerning your enrolment via this address.
    • Please enter your prior education (on the basis of which your application will be judged) correctly.
    • Select the study programme of choice with (Bachelor) at the end from the list in Studielink (note: specialisations can be selected in VUnet).
    • Enter your payment details so that the correct tuition fee can be calculated. This does not generate and automatic payment. The deadline for payment is 31 August 2020.
    • Please be aware that your enrolment must be fully completed on 31 August 2020 in order to start your study programme on 1 September 2020. If your enrolment is not complete on this date, you will have to postpone your study programme until the following academic year.

    3: Complete your application in VUnet

    After you complete your application request in Studielink you will receive your login details – a VUnet-ID username and a password – for our application system VUnet by email. This may take up to two working days. In case you did not receive your login details, please first check your spam folder. If you are still unable to locate them, then contact the UCIT service desk on ucit-servicedesk@vu.nl or +31 (0)20 598 0000.

    In VUnet you will be asked to answer some study-specific questions and choose – if applicable – the specialisation of your programme.
    It is here that you can upload the required application documents in PDF-format and complete your application. 

    As part of your application you are asked to submit a filled out assessment form. This document is used to evaluate your motivation for the programme. No other letters of motivation are accepted.

    Please note: you do not have to send original documents when applying! For the application phase uploading scans of your previous education documents is sufficient. 

    Questions? Read our step by step guide to VUnet

    4: Pay the application fee

    If you obtained your diploma outside of the Netherlands we ask you to pay a non-refundable €100 application fee. Only after you have paid this fee will we be able to start the assessment of your application file. Please do not delay paying the fee as this will delay your application.

    Read more about how to pay the application fee.

    5: Wait for the admission decision

    Once your file is complete, the International Office will confirm receipt of your complete application. If there are any documents missing and/or further information is needed, you will be contacted by your International Student Advisor or the International Support Assistant.

    Once you have received confirmation that the application is complete, the International Office starts with the evaluation of your academic background. The Admission Board will then determine if your motivation and qualifications match the desired profile, following the specified selection criteria of the programme.

    Timeline for the admission decision:

    • PPE:  your International Student Advisor will aim to inform you of the decision on admission within 4 weeks if your application was completed before the Early Bird deadline of  14 February. After this date we aim to send you the admission decision within 6 weeks.
    • Law in Society: your International Student Advisor will aim to inform you of the decision on admission within 5 weeks. 

    Note that during holiday times and closer to the deadline dates the decision time is longer than in slower periods. Keep this in mind in planning when to submit your application. 

    All information regarding your application will be sent to your Studielink registered email address. It is your own responsibility to check your inbox regularly, including the spam folder. 

  • After admission

    Once you have been admitted to VU Amsterdam, there are steps you need to take to make sure you complete your enrolment in time and do not miss out on any of our essential student services.

    Read more about what happens after Admission


  • Nuffic Certificate for Chinese students

    If you are a Chinese student wishing to enrol in an English-taught programme at a Dutch higher education institution, then you are required to apply for a Nuffic Certificate (former Neso Certificate). Nuffic sends this certificate directly to the relevant Dutch higher education institution once it has been issued.

  • Student Experiences

    Contact our Student Ambassadors

    Do you have a question for a current student? Are you curious about everyday life in Amsterdam, from our campus to the food, music and events going on throughout the city? Want to know how much homework you will have each night, or how the Dutch educational system differs from your own? Ask one of our VU Ambassadors! They would love to answer your questions by sharing their personal experiences of living and studying at VU Amsterdam. Check the Student Ambassadors page to find an ambassador from the programme you’re interested in or from your home country.

    For specific questions related to VU programmes, deadlines, the application process, or diploma validity you can find information on  the information page of your programme or you can contact your faculty's International Student Advisor(s).

    Read the Student Blog

    On www.amsterdamstudents.com you can read blog updates from our (international) students.

    Visit the Campus

    The University Campus is the lively hub of the university and you are welcome to pay a visit to get to know the university.
    VU Amsterdam organises a Bachelor’s Day twice a year. This is an open day you can attend presentations and talk to representatives from all of our programmes. Most Bachelor's programmes also offer the opportunity to attend a Taster Day.

    Read more about visiting the campus or take a look at our online campus tour.

    Under the current measures for the Corona/COVID-19 pandemic, it is unfortunately not possible to receive any visitors on campus at the moment. Most activities will be offered online in 2020. Please keep an eye on the events pages for updates.

Applying for a Dutch-taught programme with a non-Dutch diploma

  • Step 1 : Start your application in Studielink

    Log in to Studielink and create a new enrollment application for the study programme you wish to apply for. You can choose "Log in without DigiD" if you live outside of the Netherlands. 
    Only if you are already living in the Netherlands, you will need to log in with a DigiD. If you do not yet have one, you will have to apply for a DigiD first. DigiD applications take up to two weeks. 

    To start your admission request in Studielink, you can follow all the steps in our Step-by-step Guide to Studielink (PDF)

  • Step 2: Complete your application in VUnet

    After you have finished your registration in Studielink you will receive a VUnet ID (username) and password. Please use these details to log in on VUnet

    Complete you application by answering the questions asked in VUnet and upload the requested items.

    In VUnet you can answer study-specific questions and choose - if applicable - the specialisation of your programme. In your application you can also upload the required documents in PDF-format and complete your application. 
    We advise you to complete and submit your application in VUnet directly after applying in Studielink. 

  • Step 3: Wait for decision on admission

    After we have received the details from your previous education the Student Administration will inform you if you are accepted for the Programme.

Applying for a Dutch-taught or English-taught programme with a Dutch diploma

  • Step 1 : Start your application in Studielink

    Log in to Studielink with your DigiD and create a new enrollment application for the study programme you wish to apply for. If you do not yet have one, you will have to apply for a DigiD first. DigiD applications take up to two weeks. 

  • Step 2: Complete your application in VUnet

    After you have finished your registration in Studielink you will receive a VUnet ID (username) and password. Please use these details to log in on VUnet

    Complete you application by answering the questions asked in VUnet and upload the requested items.

    In VUnet you can answer study-specific questions and choose - if applicable - the specialisation of your programme. In your application you can also upload the required documents in PDF-format and complete your application. 
    We advise you to complete and submit your application in VUnet directly after applying in Studielink. 

  • Step 3: Wait for decision on admission

    After we have received the details from your previous education the Student Administration will inform you if you are accepted for the Programme.

Contact

For questions please contact the International Office

Send your questions to international@vu.nl.