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Application Honours Programme

Requirements & how to apply for the VU Honours Programme

On 15 March 2023 we organize an information session for first year bachelor student who are interested in the VU Honours Programme 2023-2024. The day after starts the application procedure.

Selection of candidates will take place in May 2023. Mid June applicants will be informed if they have been admitted (conditionally). More details can be read below.


Want to learn more about the VU Honours Programme?

Come to the information session

*** 15 March ***

Requirements & How to Apply

  • Motivation & grade average

    You are eligible for the programme if:

    1. You are a motivated student with a broad interest and eager to commit yourself to a bigger study load. Honours students are expected to show active participation in class.
    2. You passed all your first-year bachelor courses by the end of year one with a grade average of 7.5. To read more about the regulations regarding your grades, visit the Teacher and Examination Regulations

    Admission to the Honours Programme is conditional at first, since not all first-year grades are known by the time application is due. If you are conditionally admitted in June, you will hear by the end of the summer whether your admission is final based on the grades of all your first-year bachelor courses.

  • Selection process

    You will be selected by your faculty on the basis of an application form, which includes a motivation letter (in English) and a grade list. 

    • In some cases your CV and an interview is part of the selection procedure. 
    • In case you are highly motivated and you have a grade average of at least 7.3, you can contact your faculty coordinator to discuss any alternative selection option.  
  • When & how to apply

    You can apply for the Honours Programme in March in the first year of your bachelor studies. The programme starts in your second bachelor year.

    You can apply via the application form on the current web page, which will be available as of mid March, leading up to the application deadline (1 May).

    Make sure to upload a pdf-version of the required documents (grade list, motivation letter and, if necessary, your CV). You can export an overview of your obtained grades so far, including your grade average and a digital stamp, via your personal VU dashboard (under "results").

Provisional Entry: Try out an Honours Course in Year 1

  • What is provisional entry into the Honours Programme?

    As a first year bachelor student, you can apply for provisional entry into the Honours Programme. This means you can try out an honours course during the 2nd semester of your first bachelor year. 

    This has two advantages: 

    1. By trying out a course you can see whether the Honours Programme might be something for you;
    2. If afterwards you decide to apply for and are admitted to the Honours Programme, you will have already obtained your first 6 credits.

    > Provisional entry for Sem 2 / 22-23 has been closed!

    Important! Provisional entry does not mean gaining automatic admission to the Honours Programme: if you want to join the Honours Programme, you still need to apply before 1 May.

  • When am I eligible for provisional entry?

    You are eligible for provisional entry if you are motivated to try out an honours course in the 2nd semester of your first bachelor year and passed all exams of the 1st and 2nd period with a grade average of 7.5. If you are likely to meet these requirements, you can submit an application for provisional entry.

    There are limited placed available to first year students.

  • How and when can I apply for provisional entry?

    You can apply for provisional entry by submitting the provisional entry form (this will be available in November 2023). Your faculty will review this application. In January you will be notified by your own faculty whether you have been admitted.

More about the VU Honours Programme and contact information