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Discover the role of religion in people’s lives

Are you a good listener? Are you open to other people’s perspectives, and keen to improve mutual understanding between different points of view? Are you interested in and inspired by the world of religion and faith? 

Then the Theology and Religious Studies programme at VU Amsterdam is just the thing 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. Should the current events concerning Covid-19 in the Netherlands give rise to changes in (online) education, we will report it on the website.

Check whether you meet the admission requirements and apply

  • Applying for an English-taught specialisation with a non-Dutch diploma

    Apply for the specialisation 'Theology' or 'Religious Studies'

    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.
    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.

    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.

    By selecting Theology and Religious Studies in Studielink you can start you application – in VUnet, the next application step, you can confirm your choice for your specialisation. Note that for diplomas obtained outside of the Netherlands an application fee of €100 applies.

  • Applying for an English-taught specialisation with a Dutch diploma

    VWO diploma
    Applicants who obtained a VWO diploma (all profiles) from a Dutch secondary educational institution are eligible for admission to the Bachelor programme Theology and Religious Studies 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:

    • English
    • Dutch
    • History

    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. 

  • Applying for a Dutch-taught specialisation with a non-Dutch diploma

    Apply for the specialisation 'Theologie -  Hersteld Hervormd Seminarium' or 'Islam'

    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 to start your application. 

  • Applying for a Dutch-taught specialisation with a Dutch diploma

    VWO diploma
    Applicants who obtained a VWO diploma (all profiles) from a Dutch secondary educational institution are eligible for admission to the Bachelor programme Theology and Religious Studies 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:

    • English
    • Dutch
    • History

    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

    As a prospective student at VU Amsterdam you will take part in the VU Study Choice Check. This consists of a digital questionnaire on VUnet. If you have questions about the questionnaire, please contact the matching coordinator of the Faculty of Religion and Theology: studychoicecheck.frt@vu.nl.

    For general information about the VU Study Choice Check please check out the website VU Studiekeuzecheck (in Dutch) or VU Study Choice Check (in English).

Want to know more?

General questions

For general questions, please send an email 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.frt@vu.nl or book a phone appointment to get in touch with the International Student Advisor of this programme:

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