Admission Requirements

Check if you fulfill the following requirements
Applicants who apply with a non-Dutch diploma must meet a number of requirements in order to be eligible for admission to our Bachelor’s degree programmes. If you do not yet meet the requirements but expect to do so in the future (for instance by obtaining your diploma), you can already apply. Please check if you will be able to fulfill the requirements before starting your application.

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.
Please note that the entry requirements for a programme may be updated in the future with the start of a new intake.
In order to meet the general admission requirements for a Bachelor's programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you will need a diploma equivalent to the Dutch pre-university VWO diploma. Take a look at the list of equivalent diplomas to see if your diploma is considered equivalent. Please note that you can start your application even if you have not obtained your diploma yet.

Every Bachelor's degree programme has its own admission rules and requirements. Please check the specific admission rules and requirements on the page of your Bachelor's degree programme.

VU Amsterdam requires all international applicants to take an English language proficiency test. Please note that you can apply to your programme of choice before taking this test and/or submitting your results. In case you gain admission to the programme you will have until the below mentioned deadline to submit your English test results. You can either upload your English test results in VUnet or send them to your International Student Advisor(s) by email. We do not need to receive the hard copy document via postal mail.

Deadline for submission:
•    1 June for students who require a study visa
•    31 August for students with the EU/EEA nationality and other student who do not require a study visa 

Numerus Fixus - Bachelor's programme Psychology only:
•    1 June
for students who require a study visa
•    15 July
for students with the EU/EEA nationality and other student who do not require a study visa

Be aware of the fact that it can take a few weeks before you get the results of the English tests, so plan your test in time! 

Applicants who completed their (English-taught) education in Canada, the USA, the UK, New Zealand, Ireland, or Australia are exempted from this requirement, as are those who obtained an International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate diploma (English-taught programmes only). Students holding the Surinam VWO diploma are also exempt.

We accept the following tests and minimum scores:

•    IELTS: 6.5 overall (only the Academic IELTS test is accepted)
•    TOEFL internet-based test: 92
•    VU TOEFL ITP: 580 (only the TOEFL ITP test from VU Amsterdam is accepted)
•    Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): grade A, B or C/ minimum score of 176
•    Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): grade A, B or C/ minimum score of 176

TOEFL and IELTS tests must have been completed no more than two years before September 1st of the year in which your course starts.
NB: for the selective Bachelor's programmes Law in Society and Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) the English language requirements are higher! Check the programme pages for further information.

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The TOEFL-ITP exam is offered by the VU Taalloket and takes place at the university. The test costs €80 and is only valid for admission to VU Amsterdam.

The best way to find out whether you can be admitted is by officially submitting an application. Your International Student Advisor can review all application documents and determine if you are eligible for admission to a Bachelor’s programme.

If you do not meet the admission requirements, the following options are advised:

  • Start your academic studies at an accredited university in your home country and obtain relevant credits to meet our entry requirements.
  • Apply for a VASVU foundation year. You will need a basic level of Dutch to start this programme, as VASVU courses are offered in the Dutch language.  
  • In some cases, it is possible to take so-called colloquium doctum exams for admission. Which exams are required will depend on the programme you are interested in. After submitting an official application, your International Student Advisor will inform you if you are eligible for these exams and how you can participate.
  • Have a look at a University of Applied Sciences. They offer programmes with a more applied and practical approach.
  • Preparation programmes for international students
    International students who do not meet the direct admission requirements for an undergraduate degree have the option of applying for a preparation programme at the Holland International Study Centre.

    Students can choose to study the Business, Economics and Social Sciences International Foundation Year for progression to the International Business Administration or the Philosophy, Politics and Economics programme, or the Science, Engineering and Computing International Foundation Year for progression to the Business Analytics or the Computer Science degree.

    Upon successful completion of the International Foundation Year programme, students can progress to the first year of the related Bachelor’s degrees at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.