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Foundation year

International students who do not meet the direct admission requirements for a Bachelor’s programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam have the option to apply for a so called Foundation Year.

The Foundation Year is a bridge programme for international students that studied the highest level of secondary education in their home country, but are not directly eligible for an academic Bachelor’s programme in the Netherlands.

VU Amsterdam partners with the Holland International Study Centre and together we offer preparation programmes for four Bachelor's programmes:

During the Foundation Year, students study at the campus of Holland International Study Centre in Amsterdam. After successful completion of this programme they are eligible for the corresponding Bachelor’s programme at VU Amsterdam.

The Holland International Study Centre website offers all information about this preparation programme.