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Colloquium doctum: 21+ applicants without an admissible diploma

In case you lack an admissible diploma for a Bachelor's degree programme, you can participate in entrance examinations (colloquium doctum) for admission if you are 21 or older.

You then need to demonstrate that you are proficient at the level for admission by sitting tests at pre-university school-leaving examination level (VWO) and submitting the certificates awarded to you to VU Amsterdam. You should be 21 or older at the time you begin the degree programme. The tests you will need to pass depend on the Bachelor's degree programme you wish to follow.

How to apply via Colloquium Doctum

  • How to Apply

    Please take the following information into consideration before you start your application in Studielink:

    How to apply if you do not possess a diploma:

    If you are 21+ and are not in possession of a diploma (high school or other), you start your application in Studielink and leave the section "previous education" empty. You will then automatically be evaluated by our Student Administration. The Student Administration will process your request for participation in the Colloquium Doctum entry tests and send you your admission decision.

    Go to Studielink and create an application for the study programme you wish to apply for. In Studielink you can apply for a maximum of 4 courses in total in the Netherlands.

    Do you currently live in the Netherlands? Then you will need to log in with your DigiD. 

    If you do not yet live in the Netherlands you can choose "Log in without DigiD". When you create your Studielink account via this option you will need a scan or photo of your valid passport or European ID card.

    How to apply with a diploma that does not meet the admission requirements:

    See our webpage ‘How do I apply for a Bachelor’s programme’ for the application procedure. Your programme choice and the type of diploma you obtained determine which application procedure you should follow. If you are 21+ and in possession of a diploma that does not meet the admission requirements you can start your application in Studielink and enter your obtained diploma (diploma name and country where this was obtained) under "previous education". 

    In some cases international diploma applicants younger than 21 can resolve deficiencies by passing the relevant entrance examinations at Dutch pre-university school-leaving examination level (VWO). These exams are offered in English and/or Dutch. Which exams are required will depend on the programme you are interested in. After submitting an official application, you will be informed if you are eligible for these exams and how you can participate. Deficiencies for students requiring a visa must be resolved before 1 June. Deficiencies for programmes that use a selection procedure must be resolved by 15 July.

  • Which tests will I need to sit for the entrance examination?

    VU Amsterdam will send you an e-mail informing you of the tests you must pass and the deadline.

    Information about the admission requirements for the programme can be found on the programme page's admissions section.

    You must apply for your tests with the institutes that offer the tests. Fees may be charged for these tests. Pay attention to these institutes’ application deadlines, which may be earlier than the application deadline for the Bachelor's degree programme.


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