Admission Requirements

Check if you fulfill the following requirements
In order to be eligible for admission to our Bachelor’s degree programmes, you will need to fulfill certain admission requirements. Please check if you (will) fulfill the following requirements before starting your application.
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 and to submit their scores before the 31st of August.

Please note that you can apply to your programme of choice before taking this test and/or submitting your results.

Applicants who have 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 have obtained an International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate diploma (English-taught programmes only).

We accept the following tests and minimum scores:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (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

NB: for the PPE programme the English language requirements are higher!

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For TOEFL and IELTS, the test must have been completed no more than two years before September 1st of the year in which your course starts.

Students living in the Netherlands can also register for a TOEFL-ITP exam offered by the VU Taalloket. 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 submitting an application. This way, 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, one of the following options are advised:

  • Start your academic studies at a university in your home country and obtain relevant credits to meet our entry requirements.
  • Apply for a Foundation year at Holland ISC. Right now the foundation year is only available for students interested in International Business Administration, Computer Science, or Business Analytics.
  • 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. You can sit these exams at the Boswell-Beta Institute and CCVX. 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 of the exams you are required to pass.
  • Have a look at a University of Applied Sciences. They offer programmes with a more applied and practical approach.