Information for UK applicants - Bachelor
Are you interested in one of our international Bachelor's programmes and are you applying with a diploma obtained in the United Kingdom? Then you can find more information about the admission requirements and how you can apply on this page.
Degrees on British Bachelor Hons level
Bachelor’s degrees obtained at a research university like Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam give access to Master’s programmes (postgraduate level) at universities in the Netherlands, United Kingdom and all over the world. They are deemed equivalent to a British Bachelor Honours degree (e.g. BA (Hons) and BSc (Hons)) by the UK National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC). VU Amsterdam offers more than 20 English-taught undergraduate programmes.
VU Amsterdam is fully recognised by the Dutch Ministry of Education as a research university. All Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes at VU Amsterdam are either accredited by or in the process of being accredited by NVAO, the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.
Keep up-to-date with the impacts of Brexit on British citizens who wish to study at a Dutch higher education institution by reading the information on the governmental website.
Undergraduate degrees - International Bachelor's programmes
VU Amsterdam offers many International Bachelor’s degrees taught completely in English. These undergraduate degrees are full-time programmes with a duration of 3 years. Per academic year students can obtain 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System); the full programme curriculum comprises 180 ECTS.
You can find further information about our International Bachelor’s programmes on the overview page.
English-taught programmes are offered by the following faculties:
Information for UK Applicants
In order to be eligible for admission to VU Amsterdam’s Bachelor’s degree programmes, a student will need to fulfill certain admission requirements. It is advised to check the programme admission requirements before starting an application. Each programme has its own webpage with an "Admissions" section, listing the admission requirements that apply.
General admission requirements
To meet the general admission requirements for a Bachelor's programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam an applicant needs an international diploma, equivalent to the Dutch pre-university VWO diploma.
Students following the GCE A-Level curriculum will need to obtain at least 3 GCE A-levels (A2) in general, academic subjects with an A*, A, B or C grade + 3 GCSE’s with grade A*, A, B or C/grade 4-9 in six different subjects. Vocational subjects or Applied A-levels are generally not accepted.
AS-levels and BTECS are not considered to be equivalent to the Dutch pre-university diploma. An EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) is not considered as 50% of a full A-level. It therefore does not count towards meeting the requirement of 3 GCE A-levels.
For selective Bachelor’s programmes the EPQ may be considered as proof that the applicant has undertaken a heavier study load than the regular A-level curriculum; a high grade for the EPQ could improve your chances, if obtained in addition to meeting the regular requirements.
Scottish Qualifications Certificate
Students who follow the Scottish curriculum need to obtain at least the Scottish Qualifications Certificate with 2 Advanced Highers (plus 4 Highers).
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
Students who are enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme need to obtain the full IB Diploma with a minimum of 24 points to meet our general admission requirements.
English language requirement
Students who obtain their diploma in the UK are exempt from taking an additional test.
Besides these minimum requirements, every Bachelor's degree programme has its own admission rules and requirements. For many programmes for example, students need to be able to show a proof of sufficient proficiency in Mathematics (such as an A-level Mathematics). Please check the specific admission rules and requirements on the page of the individual Bachelor's degree programmes.
Numerus Fixus (fixed quota) programmes
For the academic year 2020-2021, there are four Bachelor’s degree programmes with a Numerus Fixus selection procedure. Only one of these programmes offers an English-taught track: Psychology.
A Numerus Fixus programme has a limited number of places available. For each academic year you can submit an application for a maximum of two numerus fixus programmes (including applications to other Dutch universities).
Other selective programmes
For our selective programmes Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE), Law in Society and Liberal Arts and Sciences (AUC) applicants need to meet additional requirements in order to be selected. Motivation, extracurricular activities, relevant courses, international experience, GPA and high English language skills are aspects that will be considered. A Skype interview may be part of the selection procedure. Details can be found on the respective programme pages.
These programmes are not fixed quota programmes (Numerus Fixus). The selection of students for PPE and AUC takes place on the basis of the “Special feature small-scale and intensive education (BKKI),” a special status awarded by the NVAO accreditation board. The selection of Law in Society takes place on the distinctive "mixed-classroom" concept, as approved by the NVAO .
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. The system is in some ways comparable to UCAS, but there are a few differences. We do not work with Tariff points or equivalent, nor will you receive your offer via Studielink – applications are submitted in our University portal VUnet, where you can keep track of the progress of your admission status. Offer letters and conditions are communicated directly to the applicant via email. Applications can be submitted at any time between 1 October and 1 April (non-EU)/1 May (EU). The only exception to this are our selective programmes, that may work with different deadlines.
You can find the application procedures for our programmes in the step-by-step overview.
When you apply with to-be-obtained A-levels, please upload your GCSE results + predicted A-level grades (official school statement).
Costs and financing your studies
Tuition fees for International Bachelor’s programmes vary for EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA students, as specified in our overview page. Until the end of the Brexit transition period (31 december 2020) there will be no changes to tuition fees for British nationals currently studying in the Netherlands. It is unclear what the consequences of Brexit will be for British nationals who will arrive after the transition period.
We advise you to keep up-to-date with the impacts of Brexit on the tuition fee rates by reading the information on the governmental website.
Living costs and right to work
Experience shows that the costs of living and studying in the Netherlands can vary from €900 to €1,700 per month. The most important expense students encounter is the cost of housing, as rental prices in Amsterdam can be quite high. Costs very much depend on your own lifestyle. We advise students not to be entirely dependent on finding a source of additional income after they arrive. Note that for non-EU/EEA nationals opportunities to work are restricted.
Scholarships and student loans
At the moment, we do not offer scholarships for Bachelor's students. Options for financial support are limited.
Because the European Union dictates that all EU citizens must be treated equally, British passport holders can be eligible for a tuition fee loan from the Dutch government. The rights to 'student finance' for students arriving after the transition period (31 December 2021) will be dependent on the settlement status of British nationals in the EU after this date. We advise you to keep up-to-date with the impacts of Brexit by reading the information on the governmental website.
It is not possible for British students to bring the UK student loan to the Netherlands.
In the Netherlands it is not common for universities to own housing. Instead, to assist international students newly arriving to the Netherlands VU Amsterdam cooperates with different housing companies. The International Office offers accommodation to participants in English-taught degree programme who have a non-Dutch nationality. There are furnished and unfurnished rooms with private or shared facilities. Our Accommodation Service will assist you in this process.
Are you not eligible for accommodation from VU Amsterdam? Then you can check the options under "Finding other student accommodation" for tips on how to find housing yourself.
Arrival days and introduction week
Your student life starts with the VU Arrival and Introduction Days! These days always take place between the middle and end of August. During the Arrival Days you can arrange all practical matters regarding your registration at VU Amsterdam, meet your International Student Advisor, register with the municipality, pick up your student card and much more!
During the introduction days you and your fellow students will learn all the ins and outs of your degree programme, attend workshops and explore Amsterdam. You will also discover where the best places to study on the VU campus are, where you can find details of your timetable and textbooks and where to go to relax after a day of studying. It is the best way to ensure you begin your degree with a head start!