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The role of language in communication

Communication and Information Studies (pre-Master's programme)

Are you interested in language and communication?

If you do not meet the admission requirements of the master Communication and Information Studies but are interested in these questions, then the pre-Master's programme in Communication and Information Studies at VU Amsterdam is for you.

Check whether you meet the programme requirements and apply

  • Coronavirus: additional information admission

    Generally speaking, students* must complete their Bachelor’s or pre-Master’s before starting  their Master’s programme. This is known as the ‘Ba-before-Ma rule’. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic however, some students have had to partially stop their studies, resulting in an unfortunate delay.

    Under certain conditions exceptions to this Ba-before-Ma rule can be made for Master’s programmes at VU Amsterdam. This means that students who meet these conditions and are lacking credits for no more than a few courses, will still be able to start their Master’s at VU Amsterdam next year. The missing credits must be completed during the 2021-2022 academic year, in other words no later than August 31st 2022. Please read carefully which rules apply for admission into this Master’s programme on the page of your Master's programme:

  • Rules for admission into the pre-Master's programme

    If you want to participate in the Master’s programme in Communication and Information Studies and you do not yet meet the admission requirements, then you may first have to participate in a Pre-Master’s programme in Communication and Information Studies.

    The Admission Committee decides whether you are eligible for such a Pre-Master’s programme and what your programme will look like exactly. These are the factors that the Committee takes into consideration:

    • Is the focus of the student’s prior education BA programme closely connected to CIS?
    • Is it possible for the student to meet the requirements for the MA programme by taking courses with a maximum of 60 EC in total?


    If your prior education took place in a University of Applied Science (hbo), then you will also have to do an assessment before you can start the Pre-Master’s programme.

Want to know more?

Don't hesitate to contact us!

Are you applying with a Dutch diploma? You can contact the Educational Office of the Faculty of Humanities for questions and practical information:

For general questions, please send an e-mail to

Call us on +31 20 5985000 (on working days from 10.00 till 16.00)

International diploma applicants

International diploma applicants are welcome to send an e-mail to or book a phone appointment to get in touch with the International Student Advisor of this programme

If you have questions about the tuition fee, Studielink or your personal dashboard on, please contact the Student Desk: