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Do you enjoy heated debates on topics that really matter? Can you examine your own views critically and are you open to different perspectives?
Then the Global Politics programme is just the thing for you.
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.
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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
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 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.
If your diploma is not considered to be at the right level and/or if your proficiency in mathematics is considered to be insufficient, your International Student Advisor will inform you 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:
- 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 ) offered by SOWISO 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.
- 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.
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.
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By selecting Political 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 Global Politics. If you have your Studielink set to Dutch you can find the programme under Politicologie.
Applying with Dutch previous education
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
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:
- Mathematics A or B or C
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.
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VU Study Choice Check
As a prospective Political 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 Political Science Study Choice Check day on campus, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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