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What is VU Matching?

What is VU Matching?

Most Bachelor's degree programmes have adopted VU Matching. Apply for a Bachelor's degree programme with VU Matching before 1 June 2020, before 1 May for non-EU/EEA students.

The application process includes a check to assess whether the programme is really suitable for you. You do this with VU Matching, which consists of a mandatory questionnaire in VUnet and (for most degree programmes) an online activity for which you will be invited via email.

You apply by working through the step-by-step plan for Bachelor's degree programmes with VU Matching.

Due to Corona/COVID-19, all matching activities on campus have been cancelled. Most activities will be offered online in 2020. Please keep an eye on your Bachelor degree programme’s page for updates.

With VU Matching you check whether the Bachelor’s study programme you are applying for suits you.

VU Matching consists of two parts:

  1. the matching questionnaire, which is mandatory for almost all Bachelor’s study programmes.
  2. the (online) matching activity. Participation in the activity is mandatory for some Bachelor degree programmes.

Read the VU Matching information on your Bachelor’s programme carefully.

The matching advice is not binding if you apply before 1 June and may be binding after this date, depending on your Bachelor’s programme.

Do you want to apply for a Bachelor’s programme with VU Matching? Please follow these steps.

If you do not yet meet the requirements but expect to do so in the future (such as obtaining your diploma), you can already apply. We will evaluate your application and inform you of our admission decision. All outstanding requirements need to be met in full by the time you enrol for the programme.

Frequently asked questions

  • For who are the matching activities?

    VU Matching is for anyone who enrols for the first year of a Bachelor's degree programme.

    If you apply for multiple Bachelor’s programmes at VU Amsterdam, you will need to complete the matching process for all of them. See the webpage of the degree programme for more information about the matching activities and requirements for your programme.

    VU Matching also applies if you participate in the matching programme of another institution/university.

    However, there are a few exceptions:

    • For programmes with a selection procedure, different application and registration procedures may apply. Read the Admission Requirements for further information on the matching or selection procedure.
    • For students who have received a binding recommendation on continuation of studies, the following applies:
      • If you apply for a higher education programme after 1 June 2020 and you have received a negative recommendation on continuation of studies after 1 June of the same calendar year, the matching requirements for the relevant programme apply, but only if the matching activity is still scheduled before the start of the new academic year.
      • If no matching activity is scheduled, you may be exempted from the matching requirements. If you have applied for a higher education programme before 1 June 2020 and you receive a negative recommendation on continuation of studies after 1 June, you cannot be exempted from the matching requirements.

    If you have taken part in VU Matching, but you will not start your programme this year, you will need to participate in the matching programme again next year. The results of VU Matching are only valid for one year.

    If you are already studying at VU Amsterdam and you wish to switch to another programme, VU Matching will also apply to you.

    If you have interrupted your studies and wish to continue with the same programme, you do not have to participate in matching.

  • Is it possible to be exempted and if so, what do I need to do to be exempted?

    Please contact the programme. To find out how, see the degree programme homepage.

  • I have been sent a reminder to complete the questionnaire, but I have already done this/the questionnaire is stuck. What should I do?

    Please contact student services by emailing

  • I have not received the results of the questionnaire. What has gone wrong?

    The results of the questionnaire will be sent to you at the email address you provided in Studielink. Please remember to check your spam folder. The report can also be accessed on VUnet, sometime after you complete the questionnaire, under My Study Administration > Complete application procedure > List of applications.

    If you have any other questions about VU Matching, please refer to the information on the degree programme homepage under Admission Requirements. If you cannot find the answer there, please contact our student services.

  • How does VU Amsterdam deal with personal data in online matching?

    Our privacy practices and the way we deal with personal data is outlined in our Privacy statement.

  • What are the consequences of applying before or after 1 June?

    Before 1 June

    If you have applied in Studielink before 1 June, the matching recommendation is advice which is not binding. You can start your Bachelor’s study programme when you meet all the other admission requirements and have completed your registration.

    After 1 June

    When you apply after 1 June, the programme board will decide whether you may begin your Bachelor's degree programme. Some programmes will require you to participate in a late-registration matching activity, and you may be rejected on the basis of the matching recommendation. You can find more information on the webpage of your Bachelor degree programme.


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