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Admission requirements 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
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.
- Scan of your passport or national ID card (ID for EEA students only) valid at the start date of the programme
- VU Application Form - Bachelor; please download the correct format from this page. In the document you are asked to provide further details about your previous education level.
- Proof of English language proficiency (if already obtained): upload your proof of English language proficiency or English language test results.
VU English language requirements
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.
*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.
You can obtain your certificates to resolve these deficiencies at various institutions.
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) 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.
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:
- 15 December if you are applying via the 21+ Entrance exam route
- 1 April for all other students
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.
Admission requirements 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
The following certificate must be obtained additionally at 6 VWO level:
Higher professional education (HBO) completed programme
The following certificate must be obtained additionally 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:
- Mathematics A or B or C
Deficiencies at 6 VWO level
You can obtain your certificates at various institutions.
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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.
The digital questionnaire of the Study Choice Check is part of the central registration process. In addition, the study programme organizes the Study Choice Check-activity which will take place on Friday 9th June 2023, on campus. The activity organized by Political Science: Global Politics, is an on campus meeting on Friday 9th June, in the Main Building. The meeting starts at 12:30hrs in room HG-2A00, and will be finished by 16:00hrs. You will receive an invite for the Study Choice Check by e-mail, with a link to the Canvas-page. In Canvas (our digital learning platform), you will find the preparation material for the meeting on campus; more information about the study programme; and information about student life. Should you not be able to join the meeting on campus, we will post the online activity option on or after the 9th June on Canvas and you can join the online activity instead. Both activities are not mandatory, but we highly recommend to take part in the Study Choice Check so you can decide for yourself if you made the right choice for you.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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