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Are you a voracious reader, who thinks deeply about the world around them? Do you find yourself questioning the norms of society, and culture's role in it? And do you want to study in an international city with a diverse group of open-minded individuals?

Then the Literature and Society programme is for you. Check here whether you meet the admission requirements and how to register.

Check whether you meet the admission requirements and apply

  • 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

    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.

    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.


    *Not directly eligible for admission?
    Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements may in some cases be asked to sit (an) entry exam(s) to prove they are eligible for admission. The required tests may include one or more of the following subjects at 6 VWO level:

    • History (VU History test)
    • Mathematics C (OMPT-E) 

    A positive result for the mathematics examination is 5,5/10 in the VWO mathematics C exam or 60% in the OMPT-E online exam. Mathematics A/B or VWO state exams in German, French or Dutch can also be accepted in lieu of the above mentioned mathematics exam.

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

    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 Dutch previous education

    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 certificates must be obtained additionally:

    • English at 6 VWO level
    • History or Dutch at 6 VWO level

    Higher professional education (HBO) completed programme 
    The following certificate must be obtained additionally:

    • English at 6 VWO level* 

    *Applies only to a completed Dutch programme HBO bachelor 

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

    The following certificates must be obtained at 6 VWO level:

    • English
    • two courses of choice out of: German, History, French, Dutch or Mathematics A or B or C

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

    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

  • VU Study Choice Check

    Check your study choice

    As a prospective student at VU Amsterdam you will take part in the VU Study Choice Check. The VU Study Choice check is part of the application procedure for this bachelor programme and consists of two parts: 

    • a mandatory digital questionnaire 
    • an activity (participation is optional) 

    The Study Choice Check activity is organized both online and on campus. The activity on campus takes place on Tuesday, 6 June 2023. The online activity is ongoing and will be offered via Canvas, our digital learning platform. You can choose which type of activity you'd like to attend. It is not compulsory to participate in the Study Choice Check activity for this study programme, but we highly do recommend it. The invitations for the activity will be sent out from mid-April.

    Do you have any questions? Please contact

    General information about the VU Study Choice Check can be found here.

  • 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.

  • Coronavirus additional information admission

    Generally speaking hbo-students must have completed the entire first year of a higher education programme before they are allowed to start a university bachelor's programme. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however, some students have had to partially stop their studies, resulting in an unfortunate delay. This is why VU Amsterdam grants an exception to this rule for students who want to transition from the first year of a HBO-programme to an academic bachelor’s programme. This means that, under certain conditions, you can still start your bachelor's programme at VU Amsterdam from September 2022. Read below whether you are eligible for this scheme and how to apply.

    Admission to this bachelor is subject to the following conditions:

    • You will be able to submit a positive recommendation on completion of the propaedeutic phase to VU Amsterdam by 1 August 2022 at the latest;
    • A maximum of one unit of education for the propaedeutic phase of higher professional education may still be open or, in the case of several units of study, up to a maximum of 6 EC.
    • You must have passed the propaedeutic exam of a HBO bachelor's programme no later than 31 December 2022.

    All conditions can be found in the Addendum Pertaining to the 2022-2023 Teaching and Examination Regulations

    Request exceptional admission

    Do you meet these conditions or do you expect to meet these conditions by 31 August at the latest? If so, you can request exceptional admission no later than 1 August. Do so by completing and submitting this form.

    Do you not yet meet all of the criteria, but do you expect to meet them by August 31st at the latest? Please apply for exceptional admission already.

    Please note that you are expected to obtain all missing credits in the academic by 31 December 2022, and will therefore have a higher study load. Also don't forget to re-enrol for your current programme as you will not be able to obtain the positive recommendation on completion!

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General questions

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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 e-mail 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.


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