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

For the academic year 2021-2022, you can apply for a degree programme that uses the selection procedure Numerus Fixus from the beginning of October. Apply before or latest on 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  or latest on 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.

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.

Applying for Psychology (ENG) with a non-Dutch diploma

  • Application Procedure

    Take a look at the step-by-step application video to find out how you can apply for our English-taught programmes with an international diploma. Note that for a numerus fixus programme there is an additional fifth step: Participate in the Selection Procedure.

    Before you apply: Check if you match the admission requirements

    Go to the Psychology programme page and check the admission requirements for the programme under "Admissions".

    Step 1: 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. Your application will remain active for 8 weeks after creating your Studielink account. 

    Application deadline: 15 January

    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 Psychology programme with (Bachelor) at the end from the list in Studielink
    • 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 15 July 2021.
    • Please be aware that your enrolment must be fully completed on 15 July 2021 in order to start your study programme on 1 September 2021. If your enrolment is not complete on this date, you will not be able to start the progamme.

    Step 2: 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 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. 

    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

    Complete your application before 15 January

    Step 3: Pay the application fee

    If you obtained your diploma outside of the Netherlands we ask you to pay a non-refundable €100 application fee before the deadline of 15 January. 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.

    Step 4: 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 if complete, the International Office starts with the evaluation of your academic background. We aim to send you the admission decision 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.

    Step 5: Participate in the Selection Procedure

    If you are eligible for admission you will receive an invitation to take part in the selection procedure for Psychology after the application deadline of 15 January. Information about the selection procedure can be found on the Psychology Admissions page.

    Read more about the selection rules and deadlines for programmes with a 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.

    Once you have been admitted you can confirm your participation in VUnet. This will enable you to apply for housing- and/or visa services. Note that if you have a deficiency you can only apply for our services after you have eliminated this by passing your entrance exam.

    Step 2: Submit the required documents (deadline: 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.
    • What if you are not able to get a certified copy?
      The Student Desk of Vrije Universiteit can also verify a (photo)copy of the actual diploma. Please bring the photocopy as well as the actual diploma as you visit the Student Desk.

      If you have met all the requirements to graduate but are still waiting for the diploma certificate to be issued (for example, in the case of GCE A-levels), alternatively you can ask your school to provide a statement of graduation. This statement needs to state that you have met all the requirements to graduate before the 1st of September. Furthermore, it needs an original signature from a headteacher, head of department or principal, date and school stamp. The Student Administration reserves the right to reject such a statement if the document does not meet our criteria.

    English proficiency test results (if applicable)

    Read more about the accepted English language tests and scores
    Once you have received your English proficiency test results, you can send an email to your  International Student Advisor with the digital score report to verify your scores. 

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

    Mathematics and other subjects (if applicable)

    If your conditional offer states you need to submit other specific test results you can notify the International Student Advisor when you have obtained the required certificate and score. Please note: If you need to apply for a study visa, make sure to send your passing scores to the International Office before June 1st

    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!

    Read more about the payment of tuition fees

    Step 4: Arrange practical matters during the Arrival Days

    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.

    More information about the arrangement of practicalities can be found on our When you arrive page.

    If you have any questions when you are at the university before or after the Arrival Days, you can contact 

    Step 5: check that you are enrolled

    You will receive a message from Studielink once you finalise your enrollment and your student registration is complete. Only after having received this message, you will know you have met all the requirements for enrollment. Your status in Studielink will change to 'enrolled'. The deadline for full enrollment is 15 July. If you are not yet enrolled and you have questions about your enrolment status, please contact your International Student Advisor.

  • 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.

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