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.

Application 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
  • Bachelor’s programmes with a selection procedure: Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) and Law in Society 
  • 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.
  • Bachelor’s programmes with VU Matching: all other programmes

Are you applying with a Dutch diploma or for a Dutch-taught programme? Then scroll down the page for further details.
Are you applying for an English-taught programme with a non-Dutch diploma? Then you can follow the following steps:

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. You can follow all the steps in our Step-by-step Guide to Studielink (PDF)
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".

Questions? Check the online Studielink Q&A. If you can't find the solution there, please contact us by email.

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. 

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. 

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.  
Receive the decision on admission:

  • Programmes with VU Matching: your International Student Advisor will aim to inform you of the decision on admission within 4 weeks. 
  • Selective programmes (Law in Society and Philosophy, Politics and Ecomics): your International Student Advisor will aim to inform you of the decision on admission within 5 weeks. 
  • Numerus Fixus (Psychology): Applicants in the selection procedure will receive a ranking number via Studielink on 15 April. 

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. 

6: Confirm participation and arrange practical matters

There are steps you need to take after admission to make sure you complete your enrolment in time and do not miss out on any of our essential student services. 

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 programmes and/or are you applying with a Dutch diploma? Then you can contact our Student Desk if you have any questions


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.

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.

Contact

For questions please contact the International Office