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Lead the communication revolution

Are you interested in reality and the story behind it? Would you like to understand the impact of media technology on society? Do you enjoy looking for solutions yourself? 

Then the Bachelor of Communication Science is just the thing for you. Check here whether you meet the admission requirements and find out how to apply.

VU Amsterdam is a campus university that focuses on innovative education, both on- and offline. If you apply for a degree programme we expect you to be physically present in Amsterdam, regardless of any future COVID-19 measures. 

Check whether you meet the admission requirements and apply

  • Admission requirements with non-Dutch previous education for Communication Science (EN)

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

    Admission requirements

    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.

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

    • International Baccalaureate: All IB Mathematics subjects.
    • British GCE A-Levels: A-levels or AS-level in Mathematics with a grade A, B or C.
    • Germany: Zeugnis der allgemeinen Hochschulreife.
    • European Baccalaureate: Mathematics; written or oral examination, at least 3 hours during the Orientation Cycle.

    Application documents:

    • Scan of your passport or national ID card (ID for EEA students only) valid at the start date of the programme
    • Bachelor Application File; please download the correct form here.
    • 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! Click here for the application procedure.

    By selecting Communication Science in Studielink you can start you application – in your VU dashboard, the next application step, you can confirm your choice for the English-taught track. If you have your Studielink set to Dutch you can find the programme under Communicatiewetenschap.

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    *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.
     
    When advised to sit an entrance exam, the following certificates are deemed equivalent to the required Dutch VWO Mathematics C level:

    Mathematics Exams

    • Boswell-Bèta (English). Boswell-Bèta in Utrecht (the Netherlands) provides a VWO Mathematics C exam in May, July and August.
    • Online Mathematics Placement Test. The Online Mathematics Placement Test-E (OMPT-E) 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 C exam or 60% in the OMPT-E 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.

  • Admission requirements with Dutch previous education for Communication Science (EN)

    VWO diploma
    Applicants who obtained a VWO diploma (all profiles) from a Dutch secondary educational institution are eligible for admission to the Bachelor programme Communication Science at VU Amsterdam.

    Higher professional education (HBO) propaedeutic year 

    • English at 6 VWO level

    Higher professional education (HBO) completed programme 

    • English at 6 VWO level: applies only for achieved Dutch programme bachelor HBO

    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 or C

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

    Ready to apply?
    You can apply for academic year 2023-2024, as from 1 October 2022. The application deadline is 1 May 2023. After that, complete your application as soon as possible in your personal dashboard on VU.nl.

  • Admission requirements with non-Dutch previous education for Communicatiewetenschap (NL)

    A foreign diploma gives admission to this bachelor's programme if this diploma is equivalent to the Dutch vwo diploma. The admissions committee will assess the admission request only after receiving your application in Studielink and completing your student portal on VU.nl. The admissions committee will notify you of the admission decision by e-mail.

    Additional admission requirements may apply:

    1. A diploma equivalent to the Dutch vwo diploma.
    See the List of Diploma Requirements for examples of accepted diplomas per country. Please note: this list is intended as an indication of admissibility; no rights can be derived from it.

    2. Proof of sufficient command of the English language
    You can find all accepted tests and scores on our webpage Meeting language requirements.

    3. Proof of sufficient command of the Dutch language
    You can find all accepted tests and scores on our webpage Meeting language requirements.

    4. Passed certificate Mathematics A or B or C
    You can obtain your vwo certificates at various institutions.

    The final admission requirements that apply to you will be communicated by the admissions committee when assessing your application.

    Ready to apply?
    You can apply for academic year 2023-2024, as from 1 October 2022. The application deadline is 1 May 2023. After that, complete your application as soon as possible in your personal dashboard on VU.nl.

  • Admission requirements with Dutch previous education for Communicatiewetenschap (NL)

    VWO diploma
    Applicants who obtained a VWO diploma (all profiles) from a Dutch secondary educational institution are eligible for admission to the Bachelor programme Communication Science at VU Amsterdam.

    Higher professional education (HBO) propaedeutic year 
    The following requirement must be met for admission based on English-taught HBO propedeuse:

    • Dutch: at least NT2 II / CNaVT (STRT or EDUP) or obtained Dutch at havo 5/4 vwo level.

    Higher professional education (HBO) completed programme 
    The following requirement must be met for admission based on English-taught HBO bachelor:

    • Dutch: at least NT2 II / CNaVT (STRT or EDUP) or obtained Dutch at havo 5/4 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 or C

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

    Ready to apply?
    You can apply for academic year 2023-2024, as from 1 October 2022. The application deadline is 1 May 2023. After that, complete your application as soon as possible in your personal dashboard on VU.nl.

  • VU Study Choice Check

    As a prospective Communication Science student you will take part in the VU Study Choice Check Programme. VU Study Choice Check is part of the application procedure for all bachelor degree programmes. It consists of two parts: you must fill out a digital questionnaire and you participate in the matching activity of the study programme. The Study Choice Check activity aims to give you a realistic idea of the content of the study, so that you can determine if the study matches your expectations and whether you have chosen the right programme.

    For general information about Study Choice Check, please check out the website VU Studiekeuzecheck (in Dutch) or VU Study Choice Check (in English). If you have specific questions about the Communication Science Study Choice Check day on campus, please get in touch at studychoicecheck.fsw@vu.nl.

  • 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.

  • Exceptions to the higher professional education propedeuse (HBO-p)-before-BSc rule 2022-2023 (zachte knip or "soft cut')

    Students who, due to the corona crisis, have not completed their entire HBO propaedeutic year, will, under certain conditions, still be able to start their Bachelor's at VU Amsterdam in the 2022-2023 academic year. Read more. 

Want to know more?

General questions

Send an email to contact@vu.nl

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 bachelors.fss@vu.nl to get in touch with the International Student Advisor of this programme.

Contact

  • Gijs van Ierssel
  • International Student Advisor
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • bachelors.fss@vu.nl