We will begin accepting applications from October 1. You should complete an admission request through Studielink. You will receive a confirmation of your request as well as login details for VUnet. Complete the application and upload all required documents relating to the admission requirements in the VUnet portal before the application deadline (April 1 for non-EU students and June 1 for EU students). EU/EEA students with an international degree who do not need housing services through Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam can still apply until 1 June.
Complete your application in time!
In addition to applying online, you are asked to submit a number of forms and documents (all in English). Please submit your application with all required documents before the latest date of application. If your file is incomplete at that time, we will be unable to consider your application. We will inform you of our decision within six weeks after the application deadline.
Application procedure: Prepare documents and apply online
Please prepare the following documents. Please note that all documents must be submitted in English.
- Copy of your valid passport or ID (only for EU residents)
- Curriculum Vitae
- Letter of Motivation including at least:
- why you want to pursue a career in Oncology Research;
- Why you choose to study this master programme at the Faculty of Medicine VU.
- Transcript of records (provide a certified translation if it is not in English).
- A description of the relevant courses you have taken during your previous higher education.
- 2 Letters of Recommendation - Your recommendation letters must be written by qualified persons; for instance the supervisor of your Bachelor thesis or coordinator of major Bachelor courses.
- English language certificate (see information below)
- Bachelor thesis
After having prepared the required documents, please follow the online application procedure. Once you have completed the application, our international student advisors will contact you via email.
English language proficiency International degree holders
VU Amsterdam requires international students to pass an English language proficiency test.
Exceptions are made for students:
- who have obtained an International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate diploma.
- who have completed their education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia.
Deadlines for submitting the test results are as follows:
- Students who require visa: June 1
- Students who do not require a visa: August 30
Below you will find the minimum English test scores for this Master's programme:
- IELTS: 6.5 - please note that candidates must take the Academic test and not the General one!
- TOEFL paper-based test: 580
- TOEFL-ITP: 580
- TOEFL Internet-based test: 92
- Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): C
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): C
- VU-test English-language proficiency: TOEFL ITP (for Students living in The Netherlands)
If you have an equivalent English language proficiency certificate, ask the program if it is valid by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For TOEFL and IELTS, the test must have been completed no more than two years before 1 September of the year in which your course starts. A copy of your English test result can be send to your International Student Advisor.
An assessment test is part of the admission procedure. The test consists of two parts and you need to pass them both.
You can participate in the assessment test by completing the application form. The assessment test consists of two parts: a knowledge part and an academic skills part. The first part consists of multiple-choice questions on Oncology and Immunology. Suggested learning material for this test is: Molecular Biology of Cancer, 3rd edition by L. Pecorino (ISBN 9780199577170) and Janeway’s Immunobiology, 8th edition by K. Murphy (ISBN 9780815342434), but comparable basic Oncology and Immunology books are also sufficient. The second part is based on a recent scientific article on Oncology. This article will be presented to you just before the test. You need to summarize and critically discuss the article. The test is graded by the Admissions Board and the results will be announced two weeks after the test date.
International students will get the possibility to do the assessment test through an online interview with the Admissions Board. After we have received and reviewed your portfolio and when we have your application for the admission test, we will invite you for an interview. Make sure that sound and camera are working on your computer. Keep a passport or ID card nearby.
Application fee & deadlines
All students seeking admission to an international Bachelor’s or Master’s programme with an international degree are required to pay a non-refundable €100 application fee. Only after you have paid this fee will we be able to start the evaluation of your application file. If you are applying for more than one programme, you will only need to pay the application fee once. Your application fee payment is valid for two years.
Information on how to apply with an international university degree and deadlines can be found here.
For more information, international students may also contact the International Student Advisor: email@example.com.
Grants and scholarships
As an international student planning to study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you can apply for a variety of grants and bursaries. Detailed information about scholarships and deadlines can be found on www.vu.nl/scholarships or www.grantfinder.nl.
Some International students are happy to tell you about their experience with living and studying in Amsterdam. These Student Ambassadors come from all over the world and have attended various Bachelor's and Master's programmes.
Our Student Ambassadors are listed here on this webpage: vu.nl/ambassadors. Reach out to them and get their stories about being a student at VU Amsterdam.