How to apply

Join us this summer

Only one more month! Our application opens again early December. Take a look at our 2018 summer programme to find out which courses you would like to follow.

Apply for the VU Amsterdam Summer School by filling out our online application form. If you want to apply for multiple courses, you only need to fill out the form once and select all courses you wish join. In the online application form you will be asked to provide the following three documents (no larger than 1 MB per document):

  • Motivation letter. Please make sure to describe your motivation for the specific course(s) you apply for: Why this topic? How will the course contribute to your future (academic) career?
  • Curriculum Vitae/Résumé
  • Transcript of records (a printscreen of your most recent grades is sufficient)

If you have any questions regarding the procedure or anything else, let us know at We respond quickly. Your admission will be definite once we have reviewed your application on the basis of the entry requirements, availability in the courses, and once we have received your payment. Your place in the VU Amsterdam Summer School will not be guaranteed until we have received your payment. 

Before applying make sure to read the General Terms and Conditions.

The courses of the VU Amsterdam Summer School are taught at four different levels: Beginner Bachelor, Advanced Bachelor, Master and PhD. Courses that are offered both at Bachelor and Master level will have a different workload for Bachelor's and Master's students. For these various levels, the following entry requirements are set:

  • Beginner Bachelor: currently enrolled as a student in a university
  • Advanced Bachelor: currently enrolled in your second year of university
  • Master: currently enrolled in your final year of Bachelor studies or completed a Bachelor’s degree
  • PhD: (in process of) approved PhD proposal 

Individual courses may have their own entry requirements, please check the course descriptions.

*If on the basis of the provided documents doubts remain about the academic level of the student, the VU Amsterdam Summer School reserves the right to ask for additional documents and/or a telephone/Skype interview.

It is not necessary to provide us with proof of your English. We do expect your English to be sufficient to understand classes and course literature. This means you should have at least a B2 level of English, as developed within the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR). This is comparable to a Toefl internet test with a score of 92, or an IELTS score of 6.5.

If you have been accepted to the VU Amsterdam Summer School and have paid the tuition fee, but due to unforeseen circumstances need to cancel, the following refunds will be given:

  • Cancellation before 1 May: 75% of total fee will be refunded
  • Cancellation before 1 June: 50% of total fee will be refunded
  • Cancellation after 1 June: no refund will be given
We always give a 100% refund in case your visa gets rejected. We do require a copy of the rejection letter issued by your local embassy. Please be aware it is your own responsibility to make a visa appointment in time. Enquire with your local embassy if it is possible to finalize your application before the start of your course. When time constraints are the reason for not obtaining a visa, we follow the normal cancellation policy. Find more information regarding visa requirements below.
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