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Putting the puzzle together

Do you love solving puzzles? Are you a MATH fanatic in this challenging discipline? Are you naturally curious, and motivated to put the time into a truly intensive programme? 

Then the Mathematics programme is for you.

Academic year 2021-2022
VU Amsterdam expects all students to be able to attend classes on campus again as of September 2021. We look forward to meeting you on campus. If you live abroad and are unable to come to the VU Amsterdam campus due to strict travel restrictions, there will be an online alternative for education activities including exams for this study programme during Period 1.

Check whether you meet the admission requirements and apply

  • Admission requirements for non-Dutch previous education

    Applicants holding a non-Dutch pre-university diploma must meet 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. All outstanding requirements need to be met in full by the time you enrol for the programme. Admission to the programme will remain conditional until your certified diploma copy is received and the conditions in your admission decision letter have been met.

    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 HL, Analysis & Approaches HL
    • British GCE-A Levels: A Level in Mathematics and A Level in Further Mathematics. At least grade A, B or C
    • Germany: Zeugnis der allgemeinen Hochschulreife, including Mathematics on erhöhtem Anforderungsniveau (eA) or as Leistungsfach
    • European Baccalaureate: Mathematics; written or oral examination, at least 5 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 B.

    Mathematics Exams in the Netherlands

    • Boswell-Bèta (English). Boswell-Bèta in Utrecht (the Netherlands) provides VWO Mathematics B with exams in December, May and July.
    • CCVX (Dutch and English). CCVX offers VWO Mathematics B for Dutch-speaking and English-speaking applicants.

    A positive result for the mathematics examination (minimum of 5,5/10 in the mathematics B exam) is compulsory for admission to the programme. 

  • Application

    Application documents:

    • Transcript of records; a transcript in English of the grades obtained over the final two years of your high school and any further education up to the moment of your application. IB and A-level applicants are asked to upload their predicted grades.
    • A scan of your diploma (if you have already graduated).
    • Curriculum Vitae; the curriculum vitae should include your personal details and list your previous education and relevant work experience (± 1-2 pages).
    • English language test results (if already obtained).
    • Copy of valid passport or ID (ID for EEA students only).

    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 recommended.

    Ready to apply?
    Great! Click here to start your application.
    Note that for diplomas obtained outside of the Netherlands an application fee of €100 applies.

  • Admission requirements for Dutch previous education

    VWO diploma

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

    Higher professional education (HBO) propaedeutic year 

    • English at 6 VWO level
    • Mathematics B at 6 VWO level *

    *Does not appy to HBO programme Applied Mathematics.

    Higher professional education (HBO) completed programme 

    • English at 6 VWO level
    • Mathematics B at 6 VWO level *

    *Does not appy to HBO programme Applied Mathematics.

    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 B 

    Deficiencies at 6 VWO level
    You can obtain your certificates at various institutions.
    Do you want to prepare 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 organised online in May 2021 and will be available until 24 August. 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 start sending the invitations beginning of May 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 1st, please mail to studiekeuzecheck.beta@vu.nl.

    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: studiekeuzecheck.beta@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.

Want to know more?

General questions

For general questions, please send an e-mail 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.fs@vu.nl or book a phone appointment to get in touch with the International Student Advisors of this programme:

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