How to Apply

Join us next semester

Depending on your affiliation, you will follow a certain application procedure. Check below to see which applies to you. We aim to inform you of your application results within 3-4 weeks after receiving your application.

  • Students whose universities do not have an exchange partnership with VU Amsterdam, often called free movers;
  • Students who are not eligible to qualify for their university's exchange partnership with VU Amsterdam;
  • Students from providers and partner universities who have a study abroad partnership with VU Amsterdam;
  • Individuals not currently enrolled at a university but seeking academic or professional development opportunities.

We gladly welcome applicants from non-traditional backgrounds or in unique familial or educational cicrumstances. Please email us to explain your specific situation.

  • Bachelor applicants must be at least in their second year of undergraduate study. Master applicants must have a completed Bachelor degree. Applicants not currently enrolled at a university should have completed at least a Bachelor degree.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 American scale; comparable to an A or B average from European ECTS system.
  • Official English language test scores for non-native English speakers are only required for students who wish to take Master-level courses: TOEFL score paper based 580, computer-based 232, internet-based 92, or IELTS 6.5.
  • Apply directly through your provider or university
  • Your provider or university will review and send us your materials

Our staff will check the following:

  1. Your application is complete and includes all required documents;
  2. You meet our standard admission criteria;
  3. You meet all entry requirements for your course choices.

Note:

  • Courses are finalized after the new course lists and timetables are posted online.
  • The new course lists for each academic year are posted in July and the timetables are posted a few months before the start of each semester.
  • Until the new course lists and timetables are posted online your course choices are considered provisional and subject to change.
  • Once the final course lists and timetables are posted online we will send instructions for how to check if your course selections overlap in the timetable. Every student must confirm his/her final course selection after checking for overlaps. In some cases you may need to use a back-up course to resolve overlaps
  • Our staff will enroll you in your final course selection after you have checked for overlaps.
  • If you choose a minor program then we will automatically enroll you in the minor’s courses. Courses in minor programs are guaranteed not to overlap in the timetable.

 

If you are applying individually or as a free mover whose university does not have an exchange contract or official partnership with VU Amsterdam, or as an individual or free mover who doesn't qualify for your university's exchange partnership with VU Amsterdam, then please follow the following steps. These steps also apply to students who are not currently enrolled in university:

Our staff will check the following:

  1. Your application is complete and includes all required documents;
  2. You meet our standard admission criteria;
  3. You meet all entry requirements for your course choices

Note:

  • Courses are finalized after the new course lists and timetables are posted online.
  • The new course lists for each academic year are posted in July and the timetables are posted a few months before the start of each semester.
  • Until the new course lists and timetables are posted online your course choices are considered provisional and subject to change.
  • Once the final course lists and timetables are posted online we will send instructions for how to check if your course selections overlap in the timetable. Every student must confirm his/her final course selection after checking for overlaps. In some cases you may need to use a back-up course to resolve overlaps
  • Our staff will enroll you in your final course selection after you have checked for overlaps.
  • If you choose a minor program then we will automatically enroll you in the minor’s courses. Courses in minor programs are guaranteed not to overlap in the timetable.


Fall Semester      1 April
Spring Semester1 October  

If you have European citizenship then we can sometimes extend these deadlines. Please contact us if you missed the deadline.