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 May 2020, before 1 April 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. Participation in matching is mandatory when you apply before 1 May, although the matching advice is not binding. You may in any case begin your degree programme, provided that you meet all the other enrolment requirements. You apply by working through the step by step plan for Bachelor's degree programmes with VU Matching.
You will shortly begin your studies at VU Amsterdam. However, before you do so you should carefully carry out a final check of your study choice. A good check of your study choice (VU Matching) will increase your probability of success both during and after the completion of your degree programme. All students who apply for a degree programme in time are entitled to a check of their study choice and personal advice.
Two steps involved in taking part in VU Matching
- You complete the matching questionnaire to gain an increased insight into yourself: are your interests and talents compatible with your choice of degree programme? You receive a personal advisement report so that you can reflect on your study choice.
You can find the digital matching questionnaire on VUnet. The questionnaire must be completed for all degree programmes other than the Criminology, Psychology, Dentistry, and Medicine Bachelor's degree programmes. Complete the questionnaire as soon as possible after applying in Studielink.
- You take part in the (online) matching activity. This helps you to decide whether your choice of degree programme really is for you. You can find information on the matching activity on the page for your degree programme.
Students who apply in time automatically receive an invitation to the matching activity. Participation in the activity is mandatory for some degree programmes. Read the VU Matching information on your degree programme's page carefully.
When does the matching activity take place?
Most (online) activities are scheduled in the period between mid-April and the pre-university school-leaving examination and announcement of the examination results. You can find more information on the page for your degree programme.
You take part in (online) matching when you:
- apply for a degree programme with VU Matching before 1 May
- apply for more than one VU degree programme. You then match for all programmes.
- take part in matching at another institution. You then also match at VU Amsterdam
- took part in VU Matching in the past, but did not begin a study. The result is valid for one year
- already study at VU Amsterdam, but now opt for another degree programme.
You do not take part in VU Matching when you:
- stopped your study and will now continue with the same degree programme
- are going to study Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, Archaeology, Ancient Studies, or Greek and Latin Language and Culture. You then match at UvA. You can find more information on the UvA website.
- are going to follow a selective Bachelor's degree programme that uses a selection procedure and other application or enrolment requirements are applicable. You can find these on the page for the degree programme
Matching with a negative binding study advice (BSA)
If you apply after 1 May and you received a negative BSA for your current degree programme, then you must take part in the matching activity. You can be granted exemption when no further matching activity is offered.
Matching before and after 1 May
The matching advice is not binding when you apply in Studielink before 1 May. You may, in any case, begin the degree programme of your choice, provided that you meet all the other admission requirements and have completed your enrolment.
When you apply after 1 May, the programme board will decide whether you may begin your degree programme. For some degree programmes, you must take part in the matching activity if you apply late, or you may be rejected on the basis of the matching advice. You can find more information on your degree programme's webpage.
Doubts about study choice after VU Matching
We hope that VU Matching convinces you that you have chosen the appropriate study for you. If you still have doubts, then VU Amsterdam offers assistance with your study choice in the form of exercises and assignments that you can work through to assess which study is the best fit for you. When you then decide to apply for another Bachelor's degree programme at VU Amsterdam then you repeat VU Matching.
Frequently asked questions
Who are the matching activities for?
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.
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 May and you have received a negative recommendation on continuation of studies after 1 May 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 May and you receive a negative recommendation on continuation of studies after 1 May, 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 undergo 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 May?
Before 1 May
If you have applied in Studielink before 1 May, the matching recommendation is not binding, just an advise. You can proceed with your chosen programme provided you meet all the other admission requirements and have completed your registration.
After 1 May
If you apply after 1 May, the programme will decide whether you can proceed. Some programmes will require you to participate in a late-registration activity, and you may be rejected on the basis of the matching recommendation. See the degree programme homepage for more information about the Admission Requirements.