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
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.
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: