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Honours Programme

Are you a motivated bachelor student looking to broaden your horizon and gain a more in-depth perspective on your own field? Ready to meet like-minded students? Apply for the VU Honours Programme!

What is the VU Honours Programme?

The Honours Programme consists of extra-curricular courses with which you earn an additional 30 credits on top of the 180 credits of your regular bachelor studies. By joining this programme you can explore other areas of interest, challenge yourself intellectually and shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. It is free of charge (no extra tuition fees).

What does the VU Honours Programme look like?

As part of the Honours Programme you can choose from a wide range of interesting honours courses:

  • With the departmental (faculty) part of the programme, you gain a more in-depth perspective on your own field of studies by taking extra courses in your own faculty, extending your bachelor thesis or doing research. 
  • With the interdepartmental component you cross the boundaries of your own study programme by choosing from many interdisciplinary honours courses at VU, UvA or AUC. These courses allow you to explore topics from various angles with students and lecturers from other disciplines.

Honours education mainly takes place in the evening.

Who is the VU Honours Programme intended for?

The Honours Programme has been designed to offer motivated and talented students more challenge during their bachelor studies. You are eligible for the programme if you have the motivation to take extra courses in the second and third year of your bachelor programme and passed all your first-year bachelor courses by the end of year one, with a grade average of 7.5.

You receive an honours mentioning on your diploma if you complete the programme as well as your regular bachelor within three years, and have achieved a grade average of at least 7.5 for your regular bachelor courses.

The language of instruction of the Honours Programme is English, as is all information about it.

Want to know more about the VU Honours Programme?

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Why should you apply for the VU Honours Programme?