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Where people and tech meet

Do you get a kick out of solving problems through finding creative solutions? Are you interested in using technology to find ways to help people? Do you have an affinity for psychology, criminology, medical science or AI? And do you want to make a practical difference in society?

Then the Artificial Intelligence programme is just the thing for you. Check here whether you meet the admission requirements and find out how to apply.

For this programme a strict application deadline applies of 1 May 2024. Request for enrolment after this date will be rejected. As from 1 October 2024, you can submit a request for enrolment for academic year 2025-2026.

Check whether you meet the admission requirements and apply

  • Admission requirements for non-Dutch previous education

    Applicants holding a non-Dutch pre-university diploma apply via the International Office. We check if your previous education meets a number of requirements*. If you do not yet meet the requirements but expect to do so in the future (such as obtaining your diploma), you can already apply. We will evaluate your application and inform you of our admission decision.

    Requirements that apply:

    1. A diploma equivalent to the Dutch pre-university VWO-diploma
    See the Diploma Requirement List for examples of accepted diplomas per country.
    Please note: this list is meant to give you an indication of admissibility; no rights can be derived from it.

    2. Proof of sufficient proficiency in English
    You can find all accepted tests and scores on our Language Requirements webpage. Although complete applications are preferred, you can begin your application before you have completed the test and then submit your passing score once you have been conditionally admitted.

    3. Proof of sufficient proficiency in Mathematics
    After you've applied for the programme and uploaded the required documents in your VU Dashboard, the International Office will determine whether your diploma is equivalent to the Dutch VWO-diploma and whether your mathematics level is sufficient (equivalent to VWO Mathematics A or B).

    These examples of diplomas demonstrate sufficient proficiency in the subject Mathematics:

    • International Baccalaureate: Mathematics SL/HL, Applications & Interpretation HL, Analysis & Approaches SL/HL
    • British GCE A-Levels: A-level in Mathematics. At least grade A, B or C
    • Germany: Zeugnis der allgemeinen Hochschulreife, including Mathematics Grundkurs as Prüfungsfach or Mathematics erhöhtem Anforderungsniveau (eA)/Leistungsfach .
    • European Baccalaureate: Mathematics; written or oral examination, at least 3 hours during the Orientation Cycle.


    *Not directly eligible for admission?

    If your diploma is not considered to be at the right level and/or if your proficiency in mathematics is considered to be insufficient, you will be informed if it is possible to meet the requirements with an additional certificate.

    You can obtain your certificates to resolve these deficiencies at various institutions.

    When advised to sit an entry exam, the following certificates are deemed equivalent to Dutch VWO Mathematics A:

    Mathematics Exams (available in English and accepted by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam): 

    • Boswell-Bèta (English). Boswell-Bèta in Utrecht (the Netherlands) provides a mathematics course in Mathematics A or B in English with exams in December, May and July.
    • CCVX (Dutch and English). CCVX offers mathematics exams equivalent to the Dutch VWO mathematics A  and B level for Dutch-speaking and English-speaking applicants.
    • Online Mathematics Placement Test. The Online Mathematics Placement Test-A (OMPT-A) is an online mathematics test that you can take from home by means of online proctoring. 

    A positive result for the mathematics examination (5,5/10 in the mathematics A or B exam or 70% in the OMPT-A online exam) is compulsory for admission to the programme. If your OMPT test result was obtained more than 1 year ago, you may be asked to re-take the test to prove your mathematics proficiency. When this applies to you, it will be communicated in your admission decision if retaking the test is needed.

    To ensure that your application is processed in time in order to study and register for the exams we ask applicants to apply for their bachelor's programme of choice before:

    Note that in addition to these tests all applicants will need to submit proof of sufficient proficiency in English. You can find all accepted tests and scores on our Language Requirements webpage.

  • Applying with non-Dutch previous education

    Note that for diplomas obtained outside of the Netherlands an application fee of €100 applies.
    Application fee payment options and possible exemptions

    Application documents:

    • Scan of your passport or national ID card (ID for EEA students only) valid at the start date of the programme
    • VU Application Form - Bachelor; please download the correct format from this page. In the document you are asked to provide further details about your previous education level.
    • Proof of English language proficiency (if already obtained): upload your proof of English language proficiency or English language test results.
      VU English language requirements

    Application deadline:

    The final application deadline for non-EU/EEA students is 1 April and for Dutch and EU students the final deadline is 1 May. Do you have a non-Dutch nationality? Then you may be eligible for housing via the International Office Accommodation Services. An early application is then strongly recommended.

    Ready to apply?
    Great! You can apply via Studielink, please keep in mind the application deadlines. Complete immediately your application until 100% in your personal dashboard on

  • Admission requirements and applying with Dutch previous education

    VWO diploma

    • Natuur en Gezondheid
    • Natuur en Techniek
    • Economie en Maatschappij
    • Cultuur en Maatschappij, supplemented with Mathematics A or B

    Higher professional education (HBO) propaedeutic year
    The following certificates must be obtained additionally at 6 VWO level:

    • English
    • Mathematics A or B 

    Higher professional education (HBO) completed programme
    The following certificates must be obtained additionally at 6 VWO level:

    • English 
    • Mathematics A or B 

    21+ applicants with a valid Dutch home address and residence permit
    Do you not meet any of the above programme requirements and are you 21 years of age or older? Then there is the possibility of admission to the programme based on the entrance examination. Please visit the entrance exam page for more information on the application deadline and fees.

    The following certificates must be obtained at 6 VWO level:

    • English
    • Mathematics A or B 

    Deficiencies at 6 VWO level
    You can obtain your certificates at various institutions

    Ready to apply?
    The application deadline for this programme has passed. If you apply after 1 May, your application for enrolment will be rejected, unless you had a negative binding study advice last year. 

    You can apply for academic year 2024-2025 as of 1 October 2023.

  • VU Study Choice Check

    Once you have made your choice of study programme, VU Study Choice Check offers you the opportunity to determine if the study programme corresponds to the image and expectations that you have and whether it suits you. VU Study Choice Check is part of the application procedure for all bachelor degree programmes. For this programme the Study Choice Check consists of two mandatory parts: first you fill out a digital questionnaire on and second you participate in the activity of the programme.

    The programme activity will be organized online and will be available until June 30, 2024. In order for us to be able to send you an invitation it is necessary that you log and complete and confirm the application form (progress 100 percent). Attention: processing of the results of the Study Choice Check can take up 2 weeks.

    We will start sending the invitations around the beginning of April 2024 to the email address you entered when you registered. Check your spam folder regularly to make sure you don’t miss out on any messages from us. If you have not received an invitation, for example because you filled in the registration form after May, please mail to

    Please note: filling out the digital questionnaire and participation in the programme activity are mandatory for all Artificial Intelligence students! 

    General information and frequently asked questions about the VU Study Choice Check can be found here: VU Studiekeuzecheck [Dutch] or VU Study Choice Check [English]. If you have questions about the Study Choice Check for this programme, please contact the Coordinator Study Choice Check of the Faculty of Science:

  • Student Self Check Tool

    Are you curious if you meet the admission requirements for the programme? Then you can fill out the online Student Self Check tool to find out more about your chances to be admitted to the Bachelor’s programme Artificial Intelligence.

    In the tool you will be asked some questions about your previous education and background. Based on your answers you will receive a personal preliminary advice on your eligibility for admission and the next steps you can take to continue your application.

    Please note: no rights can be derived from the Self Check tool results. For a definite admission decision you will have to complete the official application procedure for this programme.

    Check your eligibility.

  • Binding Study Advice (BSA)

    The BSA is an advice given to all Bachelor’s students on four occasions during their first year of studies concerning their study progress. The fourth recommendation, issued at the end of the first year, is binding in nature. To continue to the second year you must have obtained a certain number of credits.

    To receive a positive BSA for this study programme you must have obtained a minimum of 42 EC (credits) at the end of the first year of enrolment. Every student has access to an overview of the obtained study results and assessments are available for inspection after registration of the test result.

  • Additional costs

    Bachelor students Artificial Intelligence will have to spend approximately 200 euro per year for buying books. Students are expected to possess a laptop computer, running either Windows 10 or mac OSX, for participating in educational activities (which comes down to approx. 200 euro per academic year).

Want to know more?

General questions

If you have questions about the tuition fee, Studielink or your personal dashboard on, please contact the Student Desk:, stating your student number.

Call +31 (0)20 59 85020 (Mon – Fri: 10:30 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 16:00). 

Or send a WhatsApp message to +31 (0)6 82548367.

International diploma applicants

International diploma applicants are welcome to send an email to to get in touch with the International Student Advisors of this programme.

Also, make sure to take a look at our FAQ page - you might already find your question answered there.


Daniël van Dijck