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Study and analyse human behaviour and wellbeing

Are you interested in people and what drives them? Do you wonder about the mechanisms and influences underlying human behaviour? Do you want to share your insights with and inspire others, enabling them to function better? 

Then the Psychology programme is for you. 

Frequently Asked Questions
Would you like to learn more about the programme? We wrote down the answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Admission requirements

  • Numerus Fixus

    For students who want to start the bachelor's programme in Psychology starting September 2022, a selection procedure (Numerus Fixus) applies. There are 600 places available at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The number of places available for Psychology includes the total of the English and Dutch track. You can apply from 1 October 2021 until 15 January 2022 (23.59 CET) in Studielink. After you have applied in Studielink, you complete your application in your personal dashboard on

    What does the selection look like? 
    If you have applied for the programme between 1 October 2021 and 15 January 2022 (23.59 CET), you can participate in the selection procedure. You will receive further information about this procedure by email after we received your application.

    We use two criteria to select students: 

    1. Grade Point Average (GPA) of your previous education. For this purpose, your grades of the admission giving education are taken into account. If you have not yet completed this education, your grades from the last completed year are taken into account.
    2. A selection test, consisting of a:
         - Psychology knowledge test 
         - Research methods test

    The selection test is based on study materials, which are representative for the first year of the bachelor's programme in Psychology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. 

    For the successful completion of the programme, sufficient proficiency in the English language is very important.

    The online selection test 
    The online selection test will only be accessible during 24 hours from Thursday 17 March, 12.00 noon (CET)  until Friday 18 March, 12 noon (CET). The activity will take you a few hours to finish so reserve enough time in your schedule. 

    The selection test can only be made and has to be completed within this 24 hour time frame. There is no exception to this rule. If you are unable to take the selection test, we will unfortunately not be able to give you a ranking number. Without a ranking number it is not possible to start the programme. 

    Literature and practice assignments 
    Two weeks prior to the test you will receive an e-mail with all the necessary information regarding the test, including access to the test material and instructions on how to take the test. You will approximately need 12 hours to study the material. It is neither possible nor necessary to start preparing for the test earlier.

    How will the results be determined? 
    The score that we determine based on your grades from your previous education counts for 30%. The scores based on your results on the Psychology and Research methods tests each count for 35%. The three scores together determine your position on the ranking list. Your position on the ranking list determines your chances of being placed. The lower your ranking number, the better your chances of being offered a place in our programme.

    Important dates: 

    • 15 January 2022 23.59 uur CET: application deadline in Studielink, including uploading required documents for admission
    • 31 January 2022: Deadline submitting your correct personal data (copy passport/ID)
    • 17 March 12:00 noon (CET) – 18 March 12:00 noon (CET) 2022: take the online selection test 
    • 15 April 2022: results of the selection procedure will be announced through Studielink
    • 16 April 2022: you will receive further information on your selection result
    • 15 July 2021: meet admission requirements and pay tuition fees

    Information on Numerus Fixus

    You may apply (nationwide) a total of three times to the same programme with a selection procedure, spread out over several years. You can use these three attempts for our bachelor’s programme in Psychology.

    Apart from Psychology, you can apply for one other Numerus Fixus study programme in the Netherlands. In case you have been admitted to two programmes, you can only accept one place.

    Visit our Numerus Fixus page for more important information on the selection procedure.

    If you have any questions regarding the selection procedure, please do not hesitate to contact us via

  • Admission requirements Psychology (ENG): non-Dutch previous education

    Psychology is a selective programme (Numerus Fixus). In addition to being selected for a spot in the programme, 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.

    Applicants who do not meet this criterion may be asked to sit (an) entry exam(s) to prove they are eligible for admission.

    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 required level of 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. Recent A-levels in Psychology (obtained after 2015) are also accepted. 
    • 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 about the possibilities how to meet the requirements with (an) additional certificate(s). 
    When advised to sit (an) entry exam(s), the following certificates are deemed equivalent to Dutch VWO Mathematics C and Biology*:

    *Applicants who do not meet the first criterion (equivalent diploma to the Dutch VWO diploma) may be asked to sit a Mathematics C and a Biology entry exam to prove they are eligible for admission.

    • Boswell-Bèta (English). Boswell-Bèta in Utrecht (the Netherlands) provides a VWO Mathematics C exam and Biology exam. 
    • CCVX (Dutch and English). CCVX offers a VWO Biology exam.
    • 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 examinations (5,5/10 for the Boswell-Bèta and/or CCVX exam(s) or 60% for the OMPT-E online exam) is compulsory for admission to the programme.

  • Apply for Psychology (ENG): 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

    Application documents:

      • Copy of valid passport or ID (ID for EEA students only). Candidates must ensure that their correct personal data have been submitted no later than 31 January. Candidates who do not fulfil this obligation in time will not be permitted to continue with the selection procedure.
      • Bachelor Application File: Psychology

    Application deadline:

    The application deadline for all students for 2022-2023  is 15 January 2022. You will be informed about your admission within four weeks after the completion of your application (including all required documents).

    Ready to apply?

    The Bachelor's programme in Psychology is a Numerus Fixus study programme. You can apply for 2022-2023 until 15 January 2022.

    Have you read the information above and are you ready to apply? Great! Click here for the application procedure.

  • Apply for Psychology (ENG): 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 Psychology at VU Amsterdam.

    Higher professional education (HBO) propaedeutic year 

    • English at 6 VWO level
    • Mathematics A or B  or C at 6 VWO level 

    Higher professional education (HBO) completed programme 

    • English at 6 VWO level
    • Mathematics A or B or C 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:

    • English
    • Biology
    • 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.

    Ready to apply?
    Great! Click here for the application procedure.

  • Apply for Psychologie (Dutch): non-Dutch previous education

    Applicants holding a non-Dutch previous education apply via the Student Administration. 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.

    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 for the application procedure.

  • 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

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 or book a phone appointment to get in touch with the International Student Advisor of this programme.


  • Lieneke Blok
  • International Student Advisor
  • Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences