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How do I apply for a degree programme that uses a selection procedure? - Numerus Fixus

For the academic year 2020-2021, you can apply for a degree programme that uses the selection procedure Numerus Fixus from the beginning of October. Apply before 15 January by working through the step-by-step plan.

Application is without obligation and can be cancelled until 31 August. You should in any case apply in time even when, for example, you do not know whether you will pass your pre-university school-leaving examination/high school diploma or propaedeutic examination at an institution of higher education with an applied emphasis (HBO).

The selection procedure 'Numerus Fixus' has been adopted for four Bachelor's degree programmes with a limited number of places. You can find the programmes and number of places offered on this page

You can find information about the academic requirements and application documents needed for the specific Bachelor's degree programme in which you are interested on the information page of the degree programme.

Question regarding the status of your application?

Contact your International Student Advisor if you are an international student applying for the Bachelor's programme Psychology in English. 
Are you applying for one of our Dutch selective programmes and/or are you applying with a Dutch diploma? Then you can contact our Student Desk for any questions .

Apply in Studielink before 15 January and enrol later.

You will have to apply in Studielink before 15 January. The selection process begins once you have completed all the application steps. Are you selected for the programme? Then you can confirm your place in Studielink and enrol. You are enrolled only once you have met all the requirements, been selected for the degree course and worked through the full step-by-step plan. Take good note of the deadlines – late applications will not be accepted.

Applying for a degree programme in Studielink does not automatically mean that you have also been enrolled: your enrolment is completed only once you receive notification from Studielink that you are enrolled. You will first need to have submitted all the necessary documents, been admitted to the degree programme by VU Amsterdam and arranged for the payment of the tuition fees on 15 July 2020.

Application step-by-step overview.

There are three different options for the application procedure, depending on if you are applying with a Dutch or international diploma, and the language of instruction of the programme of your interest. To submit your application you can follow the step-by-step application procedure.

Note that for programmes with a Numerus Fixus you will have to upload the requested documents before 15 January. Do so in time, otherwise you will not be able to participate in the selection procedure.

After admission

Step 1: Accept your place within two weeks after placement

You will receive your ranking number through Studielink on 15 April. When your ranking number entitles you to a place then you will be offered a place through Studielink. You must accept your place within two weeks. If you do not accept or accept after the deadline, your place will become available to the candidate with the next lowest ranking number.  You will then not be able to begin the degree programme on 1 September.

Step 2: submit the required documents (deadline diploma: 15 August, all other documents: 15 July)

Proof of completion of your previous education

VU Amsterdam will send you a message when you need to submit proof of your completion of your previous education.

The following documents are accepted:

  • Certified copy of diploma A certified copy means that the copy of the actual diploma needs to bear an original stamp and signature of an authorised person or institution or an employee of your high school or university. The stamp and signature indicate that it is a genuine copy of the actual diploma. Please note that only the original of the certified copy is accepted – we will not accept scans or copies because their authenticity cannot be verified. If your diploma is not issued in English, German, Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese or Latin, please also submit an English translation by a sworn translator.

    Send the document by post (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Student Administration, de Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam, the Netherlands). You can also go to the Student Desk (Main building, ground floor) to have your diploma certified. You will then need to bring the original diploma and a regular copy with you.
  • Confirmation of graduation letter Request this from your current study organisation. The confirmation letter must state the study programme and the date of the examination date. The confirmation letter must also be signed by the Examinations Board. Send the original by post (Studie-en Studentenadministratie, de Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam, the Netherlands) or bring it to the Student Desk (Main building, ground floor).
  • Digital certificate from register of diplomas awarded (Dutch diplomas only) Download the certificate from and email the digital certificate to You cannot submit a printed version of the certificate, as a printout is not valid.

English proficiency test results (if applicable)

Once you have received your English proficiency test results, you can either send this to us by postal mail (addressed to the International Office), or you can send an email with the digital score report. Please contact your International Student Advisor once you have received a sufficient score.

Please note: If you need to apply for a study visa, make sure to send all the required documents to the International Office before July 1st.

Mathematics and other subjects (if applicable)

If your conditional offer states you need to submit other specific test results, such as a Mathematics exam, you will need to hand in a certified copy of the original exam certificate. International applicants of the English-taught Psychology programme should notify their International Student Advisor about their test result. All other students can submit their results with the Student Desk.

Step 3: pay the tuition fees before 15 July

Make sure that you have paid the tuition fees or issued the digital direct debit mandate before 15 July. You will not be enrolled and will not be able to start the degree programme in September if you miss the deadline.

If you opt for a digital direct debit mandate in Studielink you will need to confirm this when the action appears in your to-do list. This will be within 24 hours. This confirmation is deemed to be the actual payment, so don't forget this step!

Step 4: Arrange practical matters during the Arrival Days (international students of Psychology only)

The Arrival Days will take place mid-August. During the Arrival Days in August, the International Office will help you to arrange practical matters such as picking up the keys to your room, opening a Dutch bank account, picking up your residence permit and registering at the municipality. This is also a chance to meet your fellow students for the first time.

If you have any questions when you are at the university before or after the Arrival Days, you can visit the International Service Desk.

Step 5: check that you are enrolled

Your enrolment is completed only once you receive notification from Studielink that you are enrolled.


For questions please contact the Student Desk.

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

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