Bachelor's degree programmes

For international students

VU Amsterdam 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.

General admission and language requirements
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.

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- please note that candidates must take the Academic test and not the general one!
  • 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
  • VU-test English-language proficiency: TOEFL ITP

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.

Most Bachelor's programmes use VU Matching. One aspect of the registration process is to check whether the programme really suits you. You can do this through VU Matching. If you register after 1 May, VU Matching will be different. The programme will then decide whether you can be admitted.

Take part in the online VU Matching Activity if the programme organizes one. Visit the degree programme homepage for more information about the matching activity.

What is the VU Matching Programme?
After registering in Studielink, the first step in the VU Matching Programme is to fill in a digital questionnaire. This can be done via the VUnet portal and is part of the enrolment process at VU Amsterdam. The questionnaire will help you to reflect on your chosen degree programme. Then you will take part in a programme-specific matching activity. This will involve an online activity that will give you a realistic picture of your chosen programme. The VU Matching Programme is compulsory, there are no costs involved. The results are not binding. 
VU Amsterdam believes it is very important during the first year of your studies to make sure that you have chosen the right study programme. We are convinced that this has a positive effect on your ability to successfully complete the programme within a reasonable time frame. This is why the university has decided to introduce a binding study advice (BSA) on continuation of studies for all Bachelor’s programmes*.

What does the binding study advice entail?

The BSA means that all Bachelor’s students will be given advice on their study progress on four occasions during their first year. The fourth recommendation, issued at the end of the first year, is binding in nature. In the course of your first year, you must attain a certain amount of credits. This amount varies depending on the study programme. In the second year you will also receive advice on a regular basis.

Within two years, you are required to pass all of your first-year subjects. If you do not manage to attain the minimum number of credits during your first year or to pass all of your first-year subjects within two years, you will not be permitted to continue your studies in that particular programme at VU Amsterdam.

Coaching and supervision

Of course, you do not have to face these challenges alone. VU Amsterdam has organized its study programmes in such a way that we can work together to achieve the best results. In your first year, you will receive intensive coaching and supervision from mentors and/or tutors. The study advisor also keeps a close watch on your progress. If your results do not meet the mandatory requirements, you will receive coaching and supervision in deciding whether to stop your studies or transfer to another programme. Naturally, we take account of special circumstances such as illness and other personal issues.

We provide high-quality teaching which sets high standards for our students and our teaching staff. For exceptional students, we have developed special resources such as programmes of excellence, honours tracks and a special scheme for top athletes. 

The exact regulations and the number of credits that have to be attained in the first Bachelor’s year vary according to the study programme. To find out more, go to the website of your own study programme (see top of page).

* With the exception of the Bachelor’s programmes in Liberal Arts and Sciences (AUC)


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.
Your first days and weeks in Amsterdam will be filled with new experiences, new people and a few practical considerations too. Check what you need to do when you arrive at VU Amsterdam.

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! 

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 day is on Saturday 4 November 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 about all that you need to know about studying at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Here is an overview with the education fairs where you can meet us soon.

We are represented abroad by a number of cultural institutions and education recruitment agents. We have contracted our agents to recruit and inform prospective students about the degree opportunities at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. These organizations are reliable and will do their utmost to handle our student's application files with care.
Brazil, China, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, Thailand and VietnamNuffic Netherlands Education Support Offices (Nuffic Nesos) Nuffic is the Netherlands organisation for international cooperation in higher education. Nuffic Nesos operate in locations around the world.


ChinaEgypt
Edvance Education International
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Bldg. E, 2/F
1, Wangjing Zhonghuan Nanlu
Chaoyang District
Beijing 100102
PR China
T: (+86) 10 8417 7407 ext 205
Email: info@edvance-international.com
Netherlands-Flemish Institute for Archaeology and Arabic Studies in Cairo (NVIC)
1, Dr. Mahmoud Azmi Street
P.O. Box 50, 11211 Zamalek Cairo Egypt
T +20 2 7382520/22
F +20 2 7382523
Email: info@nvic.net.eg
GreeceItaly
Netherlands Insitute Athens (NIA)
Makri 11
117 42 Athens Greece
T +30 210 9210760/1
F +30 210 9210770
Email: nia@nia.gr
Dutch University Institute for Art History Florence
Viale Torricelli 5, 50125 Firenze Italy
T +39 055 221612
F +39 055 221106
Email: iuo@iuo.iris.firenze.it
ItalyJapan
Netherlands Institute in Rome
Via Omero 10/12, 00197 Roma Italy
T +39 06 3269621
F +39 06 3204971
Email: general@knir-roma.it
Dutch Institute Abroad
Kyobashi Plaza Bldg 3F
25-3 Ginza 1-Chome
Chuo-Ku Tokyo Japan 104-0061
T +3 3567 2123
F +3 3567 5658
RussiaIndia
Netherlands Institute in Saint Petersburg (NIP)
Kaluzhsky Pereulok 3
193015 St. Petersburg Russia
T +7 812 327 0887
F +7 812 118 1939
Email: info@nispb.ru
Join In Campus Education Pvt Ltd
Avani Trivedi
74, Alexander Crescent,
Otara, Auckland -2023
Email:avani@joinincampus.com
T: +64 226973037
 RussiaSouth Korea
Student International
Olga Krivileva
115054, Russia, Moscow,
Schipok Str 20, office 306-308
T: +7 495 956 1576/1575 ext.112
E-mail: europe@studinter.ru
TNS Worldwide co.
Hojin Kang
Ltd. Headquarters –Seoul, Korea
3F Samhaeng Bldg, 18 Gangnam-daero 94-gil,
Gangnam-gu, Seoul, 135-932 South Korea
T: 82-2-3288-1733~1735
E-mail: khj@tnsuhak.com
 Indonesia
Atlas Education Services
Ervina Savitri
DBS Bank Tower, 28th fl. Ciputra World One
kav. 3-5, Jakarta 12940;
T:+62 21 29 888 258;
E: ervina@atlas-edu.com



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.

 

School of Business and Economics
- Econometrics and Operations Research: Econometrics and Data Science
- Econometrics and Operations Research: Econometrics and Operations Research
- Economics and Business Economics
- International Business Administration
bachelors.sbe@vu.nl
+31 20 5982508
Ester de Koningester2017
Faculty of Science
- Biomedical Sciences
- Business Analytics
- Computer Science
- Mathematics
bachelors.fs@vu.nl
+31 20 5984212
Julia TanJulia2017
Faculty of Humanities
- Literature and Society: English
- Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)
- Communication and International Sciences
- History: History and International Studies Philosophy
- Philosophy
bachelors.hum@vu.nl
+31 20 5986331
Eva MeijerinkEva2017
Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences
- Psychologybachelors.fbms@vu.nl
+31 20 5982883
Frieda SchaufeliFrieda2017
Faculty of Social Sciences
- Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociologybachelors.fss@vu.nl
+31 20 5982883
Frieda SchaufeliFrieda2017
Amsterdam University College (AUC)
- Liberal Arts and Scienceswww.auc.nl

 



Have a question for a current student? Curious about everyday life in Amsterdam, from our campus to the food, music and events going on throughout the city? Want to know how much homework you will have each night, or how the Dutch educational system differs from your own? Ask one of our VU Ambassadors! They would love to answer your questions by sharing their personal experiences of living and studying at VU Amsterdam. Check below to find an ambassador from the programme you’re interested in or from your home country.

For specific questions related to VU programmes, deadlines, the application process, or diploma validity you can find information on our main website or contact your faculty's International Student Advisor (ISA).

Student Ambassadors from Europe

EUROPE



 BACHELORS BACHELORS
ToelleEleni Tölle
Germany
Bachelor PPE
e.tolle@student.vu.nl
AntalBelinda Antal
Germany
Bachelor IBA
b.e.antal@student.vu.nl
DevikVictoria Devik
Sweden
Bachelor IBA
v.i.devik@student.vu.nl
HansenCamilla Hansen
Denmark
Bachelor Literature &
Society
c.p.hansen@student.vu.nl

BACHELORS

MEDICAL SCIENCES (MA)
Minnet
Christopher Minnet
Denmark
Bachelor Literature &
Society
c.minnet@student.vu.nl
Muniz Rocio
Anquela Rocío Muñiz
Spain
Master Cardiovascular Research
r.m.muniz@student.vu.nl
EARTH & LIFE SCIENCESMEDICAL SCIENCES
PaleckyteRosita Paleckyte
Lithuania
Master Biomolecular
Sciences
r.paleckyte@student.vu.nl
GuillenMiriam Guillen Navarro
Spain
Master Oncology
m.guillennavarro@student.vu.nl

PSYCHOLOGYPSYCHOLOGY
SmaragdiEleni Smaragdi
Greece
Neurosciences
e.smaragdi@student.vu.nl
CinarÇağla Çınar
Turkey
RM Social Psychology
c.cinar@student.vu.nl
HUMAN MOVEMENT SCIENCESSOCIAL SCIENCES
HammersenTim Hammersen
Germany
RM Human Movement Sciences
t.d.hammersen@student.vu.nl
KraiukhinaAnastasiia Kraiukhina
Russia
Master Culture, Organization &
Management (Alumna)
a.kraiukhina@gmail.com
LAWLAW
DykesCaitlin Dykes
Great Britain
Master International Crimes &
Criminology
c.j.dykes@student.vu.nl
Jorge-PetitJamika Jorge-Petit
Portugal
Master Law and Politics of
International Security
j.jorgepetit@student.vu.nl

ECONOMICS & BUSINESSECONOMICS & BUSINESS
KuehnAnne Kühn
Germany
Master Business Administration
Human Resource Management
a.kuhn@student.vu.nl

RudolfGabriella Rudolf
Hungary
Master Business Administration
Human Resource Management
g.rudolf@student.vu.nl
SpirovaDesislava Spirova
Bulgaria
Master Business Administratio
Transport and Supply Chain -
Management
d.spirova@student.vu.nl
MarimpiMaria Marimpi
Greece
Master Economics (alumna)
mmarimpi@vu.student.nl
LazuninaOlga Lazunina
Russia
Master Finance
o.s.lazunina@student.vu.nl
BaskaricMarina Baskaric
Croatia
Master Marketing (alumna)
marina.baskaric@gmail.com
COMPUTER SCIENCESCOMPUTER SCIENCES
CusturaAlex Custura
Romania
Master Computer Science
a.custura@student.vu.nl
TatarAndrei Tatar
Romania
Master Computer Science
a.tatar@student.vu.nl
TurpMisra Turp
Turkey
Master Computer Science
Joint Degree
m.turp@student.vu.nl



Student Ambassadors from Africa

AFRICA
BACHELOR (IBA)

LAW
MichaelMoseMagda Michael Mose
Eritrea / Netherlands
Bachelor IBA
j.y.michaelmose@student.vu.nl

GerberMelissa Gerber
South Africa
Master International Migration &
Refugee Law
m.d.gerber@student.vu.nl



Student Ambassadors from the Americas

AMERICASBACHELOR IBA


dec Ana Luiza Kooij IBAAna Luiza Kooij
Brazil
Bachelor IBA
a.l.kooij@student.vu.nl



SOCIAL SCIENCES

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Abello-CastiblancoClaudia Abello Castiblanco
Colombia
Master Culture, Organization &
Management (alumna)
claudiaj.abello@gmail.com
CahillPatrick Cahill
USA
Master Culture, Organization &
Management (alumnus)
cahill1000@gmail.com

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES
ColarussoAnnie Colarusso
USA
Master Environment and Resource
Management (alumna)
a.m.colarusso@student.vu.nl
PivaDaiane Piva
Brazil
Master Environment and Resource
Management
d.d.f.piva@student.vu.nl
Rotbart
Hila Rotbart
USA
Master Environment and Recourse
Management
hilarotbart@gmail.com



ECONOMICS & BUSINESS

HUMANITIES
CardosoDiego Cardoso Nitta
Peru
Master Finance
d.s.cardosonitta@student.vu.nl
LassondeJordan Elizabeth Lassonde
USA
Master Literary Studies
j.e.lassonde@student.vu.nl


MEDICAL SCIENCES

LAW
BrownKari Brown
Jamaica
Master Oncology
k.n.brown@student.vu.nl
Damascena-AntunesLaila Damascena Antunes
Brazil
Law: Transnational Legal Studies
(Alumna)
laila.damascena@gmail.com

SEMESTER in AMSTERDAM

SEMESTER in AMSTERDAM
OhlroggeErik Ohlrogge
USA
Semester Biology / Pre-med
e.ohlrogge@student.vu.nl
PetersenChristina Peterson
USA
Semester Business-Marketing
c.peterson@student.vu.nl
deSouzaLozanoMilena De Souza Lozano Monteiro
Brazil
Semester Law
m.desouzalozanomonteiro@student.vu.nl
JahnsenKatherine Jahnsen
USA
Semester Psychology
k.a.jahnsen@student.vu.n



Student Ambassadors from Asia

ASIA
BACHELOR

HUMAN MOVEMENT SCIENCES
MohammadSarah Mohammad
Pakistan / The Netherlands
Bachelor IBA
s2.mohammad@student.vu.nl
RizkaIca Rizka Safitri Wartono
Indonesia
Master Human Movement Sciences
(alumna)
r.rizkasafitri@student.vu.nl

SCIENCES

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES
LinHung-Chien Lin
Taiwan
Master Chemistry (joint degree)
h4.lin@student.vu.nl
AdhikariMandira Adhikari
Nepal
Research Master Global Health
m.adhikari@student.vu.nl

EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES
EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES
SanjayaSienna Sanjaya
Indonesia
Master Health Sciences
siennasanjaya@student.vu.nl
Ristya RahmaniNada Ristya Rahmani
Indonesia
Master Biomedical Sciences
nadaristya@gmail.com

ECONOMICS & BUSINESS

ECONOMICS & BUSINESS
Bin IftikharMuhammad Bin Iftikhar
Pakistan
Master Business Administration
Human Resource Management
m.b.iftikhar@student.vu.nl
LeonitaLea Leonita
Indonesia
Master Business Administration
Information and Knowledge -
Management (alumna)
isleonita@gmail.com
KorohamaMaria Korohama
Indonesia
Master Economics
mariayosefinabengan@student.vu.nl
BoldkhuyagKate Boldkhuyag
Mongolia
Master Entrepreneurship
(alumna)
kate.boldkhuyag@student.uva.nl
Tong-WanTong Wan
China
Master Business Administration
Human Resource Management
(Alumna)
wantong.rachel@gmail.com
Dec ChaoZhuoying Chao
China
Master STREEM
z.chao@student.vu.nl
YinYoo Yin Yoo
Korea
Master Business Administration
Human Resource Management
evenalso@hotmail.com



THEOLOGY
MEDICAL SCIENCES
Dec Michael Willy
Michael Willy Patawala
Indonesia
Master Theology and Religious Studies
willy.mickey22@gmail.com
Dec Wang Bingwen
Bingwen Wang
China
Master Cardiovascular Research
b2.wang@student.vu.nl

COMPUTER SCIENCES

COMPUTER SCIENCES
PayawalIvan Payawal
Philippines
Master Computer Sciences
(joint degree)
l.i.payawal@student.vu.nl
SarkarReshmi Sarkar
India
Master Information Sciences
r.sarkar@student.vu.nl

PhD

PhD
BudiyonoYus Budiyono
Indonesia
PhD Water & Climate Risk
yus.budiyono@vu.nl
NurmalaN Nurmala
Indonesia
PhD Economics and Business
n.nurmala@vu.nl

PhD

PhD
KedarGireesh Kedar
India
PhD Neuroscience
girishkedar@gmail.com
Junhui-WuJunhui Wu
China
PhD Social Psychology
junhui.wu@vu.nl
Dec ZhaochunZhaochun Liu
China
PhD Energy Storage
zhaochunliu2009@163.com
Dec Shan GaoShan Gao
China
PhD Organisation Science
shan.gao199009@gmail.com

SEMESTER in AMSTERDAM


HuCaroline Hu
China
Semester Law
416207099@qq.com



Applications to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam are done completely online. You start the application procedure through the Studielink.nl 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.

If you are applying for more than one programme, you will only need to pay the application fee once. Your application fee payment is valid for two years. After applying for a programme in studielink, you will receive login details for our VUnet student portal. Before arranging payment of the application fee, you first need to confirm your programme application by answering some questions and submitting some documents in the VUnet portal. After completing the programme application the online payment tool will become available and you will be able to arrange the payment of the application fee with Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or PayPal. After you have arranged your payment online you will receive a confirmation e-mail, and the payment status will change to ‘PAID’*.

If you do not wish to arrange your payment online you can also make a bank transfer using the following bank details:

Account name:
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Name of bank:
Deutsche Bank
Address of bank:
De Entree 99-197, 1101 HE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
IBAN:
NL49DEUT0488004470
BIC:
DEUTNL2N
Please state your name and S+student number (e.g. s1234567) in the payment reference. Any banking costs are to be paid by the applicant. Please note that international transfers can take some time to be processed.

*Please note that the confirmation e-mail and status change apply only to the successful completion of the online payment module, not the actual payment.

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