Bachelor's degree programmes

For international students
VU University also offers 44 Bachelor's degree programmes in Dutch, but the application procedures are different.
Are you talented and motivated? Do you want to invest more in your own area of study? Then the Honours Programme is something for you!
A lot of reasons: high quality education, a diverse community and a modern campus university in the vibrant city of Amsterdam.

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.

If you have followed your secondary education outside the Netherlands then it must be equivalent to the Dutch secondary educational standard (VWO diploma) which is required for entrance to all universities of the Netherlands.
Some foreign diplomas qualify for university entrance in their own country. However, these diplomas do not have the same academic level as the Dutch VWO diploma.
For this reason we must first assess if your previous education is sufficient for admission to a bachelor’s degree programme.
Even if you possess a diploma that is equivalent to the Dutch VWO, (for example a Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife ) you will still have to meet the language proficiency and specific entry requirements before you will be admitted to a Bachelor’s degree programme.

Proof of sufficient proficiency in English

VU Amsterdam requires all international applicants to take an English language proficiency test and to submit their scores before 31 August 2016.

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

We accept the following tests and minimum scores:

· IELTS: 6.5

· TOEFL paper- ·based test: 580

· TOEFL internet-based test: 92

· Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): A, B or C

· Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A, B, C

 NB: for PPE the entry requirements towards English are higher!

 Useful links:

For TOEFL and IELTS, the test must have been completed no more than two years before 1 September 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.

Tuition fees for International Bachelor’s programmes vary for EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA students.
Be prepared before you arrive: find a place to live, get your visa/residence permit and find out how to register with the local authorities.
Receive information on specific programmes of your interest by email in a brochure.
Would you like to know more about the international programmes or maybe even come along to find out for yourself what studying at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is like? You are very welcome to meet us! VU Amsterdam is organising various events and activities for prospective students.

Meet us at open days in Amsterdam

We regularly organise open days at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam for students that are interested in studying in Amsterdam. The next Bachelor's days are on Saturday 5 November 2016 and Saturday 11 February 2017. You are welcome to come and check out the various Bachelor Programmes that VU Amsterdam has to offer and find the programme you are looking for! For a personal meeting, you can contact your International Student Advisor for all the information you need.

Meet us in your own country

VU Amsterdam is frequently present at international education fairs around the world. It will be a pleasure to meet you at our stand! Please join one of our presentations, take a brochure or flyer and ask our colleagues and alumni all you need to know about studying at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Check out if we're visiting a city near you below:

12-14 August 2016
International Education Exhibition

18 September 2016
Sekolah Pelita Harpan

2 November 2016
European Higher Education Fair

5-6 November 2016
Eurpean Higher Education Fair

4 November 2016
Dutch Placement Day
30 September 2016
UniFrog Going Dutch Career Counsellors Fair
Sao Paolo
14-18 September 2016
EDUEXPO fair (Nuffic Neso)

19-20 September 2016
EDUEXPO fair (Nuffic Neso)
22-23 October 2016
CEE Fairs

29-30 October 2016
CEE Fairs
4 December 2016
Germany Bachelor & More

10 December 2016
Germany Bachelor & More

21 January 2017
Germany Bachelor & More





Every Bachelor's degree programme has its own International Student Advisor. 

If you have a specific question about applying with a non-Dutch diploma you can contact your programme ISA (International Student Advisor). The ISA will help you with practicalities about your bachelor admission and support you throughout the application process.


Study ProgrammeContact PersonNameContact Details
Computer SciencePic FridaFrieda SchaufeliT:+31 20 59 82883
Business AnalyticsPic FridaFrieda SchaufeliT:+31 20 59 82883
International Business Administration
Ester de Koning T:+31 20 59 82508
Literature and Society: EnglishNew ComponentEva MeijerinkT:+31 20 59 86331
Philosophy, Politics and EconomicsNew ComponentEva MeijerinkT:+31 20 59 86331 
Liberal Arts and Sciences


The best way to learn about studying at VU Amsterdam is from the students that are here now! Want to know about city life, gastronomy, the educational system at VU Amsterdam, sports facilities; contact our student ambassadors. They can provide answers to your questions and share their personal experiences about living and studying at VU Amsterdam. For questions related to VU programmes, deadlines, the application process, or diploma validity you can find information on our website or you can contact your faculty's International Student Advisor (ISA).


RositaRosita Paleckyte
Master - Biomolecular Sciences
AndreaAndrei Tatar
Master - Computer Science
KevinKevin Tanumihardja
Master – Corporate Law
SaraSarah Mohammad
Netherlands / Pakistan
Bachelor - International Business Administration
NirwanNirwan Maulana
Master - Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics (STREEM)
KateKate Boldkhuyag
Master - Entrepreneurship (joint degree)
MiriamMiriam Guillen Navarro
Master – Oncology
marrrrrMarina Baskaric
Master – Marketing
MarinaMaria Marimpi
Master – Economics
AnnaAnnaHuguet Ninou
Master - Drug Discovery and Safety
KatieCaitlin Dykes
Great Britain
Master – International Crimes and Criminology
IvaIva Koçi
Master – Finance
AlexAlex Custura
Bachelor - Computer Science
GergoGergo Fazekas
Master - Economics 
caglaÇağla Çınar
Research Master - Social Psychology
MagdaMagda Mose
Eritrea / Netherlands
Bachelor – International Business Administration
Tim Hammersen
Research Master - Human Movement Science
New ComponentN Nurmala
PhD – Faculty of Economics and Business
YusYus Budiyono
PhD - Department Water & Climate Risk
Dmitrijus Bozko
Bachelor – International Business Administration
rizkaIca Rizka Safitri
Master - Human Movement Sciences

Gireesh Kedar
PhD at Neuroscience Campus Amsterdam
Wong WanTong Wan
Master - Business Administration - Human Resource Management
Victoria DevikVictoria Devik
Bachelor - International Business Administration
Anna GlinskayaAnna Glinskaya
Master - Business Administration
Patrick CahillPatrick Cahill
Master - Culture, Organization and Management


 For extra information about the ambassadorship programme contact:

Reyka Lycklama à Nijeholt

VU International Office

Applications to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam are done completely online. You start the application procedure through the national application system. You will then receive an e-mail inviting you to complete your application in the VU student portal, where you will be asked to submit all documentation needed for the admission procedure. You do not have to complete your application in one session; you can save it and come back to it as often as you want before completing and submitting it. Please check the required application documents on the page of your Bachelor's degree programme.

Application fee

All students with an international degree, applying for an English-taught Bachelor’s programme are required to pay a non-refundable, €100 application fee. We can only process your application when we have received this fee. Please read the application fee procedure carefully. We will refund this fee once you become a VU student but not if you are not accepted or do not start the programme you applied for.


Financial help is available to international Bachelor's degree students through DUO student finance.

As a Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam student it is possible to study abroad for one semester during the third year of your Bachelor. You can apply for an exchange period via the university’s International Office and make use of the existing exchange contracts with universities worldwide. However, there are also alternative options for spending some time abroad: you can arrange it yourself in which case you will be called a ‘freemover’, you can do an internship abroad or you can even complete a full Bachelor or Master programme in a different country. More information about when to go on exchange, your study planning and more, can be found on VUnet. Check our exchange partners world map and find your perfect study abroad destination!