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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 and/or criminology, medical science and AI/informatics? 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.

Academic year 2021-2022
VU Amsterdam expects all students to be able to attend classes on campus again as of September. We look forward to meeting you on campus. If you live abroad and are really unable to come to the VU Amsterdam campus due to strict travel restrictions, there will be an minimal online alternative for lectures and exams for this study programme up until December 2021. We expect everybody back on campus from January 2022 on.

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
    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. You can find all accepted tests and scores on our Language Requirements webpage.

    3. Proof of sufficient proficiency in Mathematics
    After you apply to the programme and upload the required documents in our student portal, your International Student Advisor will have a look at your transcripts to determine whether your diploma is equivalent to the Dutch VWO-diploma and whether your Mathematics level is sufficient. 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.

    If your proficiency in this subject is considered to be insufficient, your International Student Advisor will inform you about the possibilities how to meet the requirements with additional certificates.

    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 English with exams in December, May and July.
    • CCVX (Dutch and English). CCVX offers mathematics exams equivalent to the Dutch VWO mathematics A 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 exam or 70% in the OMPT-A online exam) is compulsory for admission to the programme. 

    4. Completion of the Study Choice Check
    Please note: Completion of the Study Choice Check is mandatory for this programme. Please refer to the guidelines under VU Study Choice Check. 

  • 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
    • Diploma or Diploma Statement:
      - upload a scan of your obtained diploma
      - Not graduated yet? Ask your school to complete the Diploma Statement document
    • Curriculum Vitae; the curriculum vitae should include your personal details and list your previous education (including school name), ± 1-2 pages. 
    • Proof of English language proficiency (if already obtained): upload your proof of English language proficiency or English language test results.
      VU English language requirements
    • Transcript of records; a transcript of the grades obtained over the final two years of your high school and any further education up to the moment of your application.
      Your transcript of records can be in English, German, Dutch, French, Italian or Spanish. All other documents need be written in or translated into English. IB and A-level applicants are asked to also upload their official predicted grades if available. Applicants from the US education system are requested to include any obtained AP College Board exam scores. 

    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! Click here for the application procedure.

  • 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 

    • English at 6 VWO level
    • Mathematics A or B at 6 VWO level

    Higher professional education (HBO) completed programme 

    • English at 6 VWO level
    • Mathematics A or B at 6 VWO level

    Aged 21 or over?  
    Dutch applicants who do not meet any of the above educational requirements and who are aged 21 or over, may be admitted by way of colloquium doctum. This requires obtaining the following modular certificates at 6 VWO level:

    • English
    • Mathematics A or B 

    Deficiencies at 6 VWO level
    You can obtain your certificates at various institutions.
    Do you want to prepare yourself for obtaining VWO partial certificates? Then you can follow additional education at an evening school or at other institutions that offer education at VWO level.

    Ready to apply?
    Great! Click here to start your application. 

  • 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 parts: first you fill out a digital questionnaire on VUnet and second you participate in the activity of the programme.

    The programme activity will be organized online in May 2022 and will be available until 24 August 2022. In order for us to be able to send you an invitation it is necessary that you log in to VUnet and complete and confirm the application form (progress 100%).

    We will start sending the invitations at the beginning of May 2022 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 in VUnet 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

For general questions, please send an e-mail to

Call us on +31 20 5985000 (on working days from 10.00 till 16.00)

Or send a Whatsapp message to +31682548367

International diploma applicants

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