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Entrance exam: 21+ applicants without direct admission

In case you do not possess a diploma that makes you eligible for admission to a Bachelor's degree programme, you can participate in the entrance examination (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 for the entrance exam

  • Step 1: Apply in Studielink

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

    How to apply in Studielink:

    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.

    Previous education in Studielink if you do not possess a diploma:

    If you are 21+ and are not in possession of any type of 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.

    Previous education in Studielink if you possess a diploma that does not meet the admission requirements:

    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". 

    Application deadline:

    15 December 2022

  • Step 2: Complete your application via your dashboard on VU.nl

    After you complete your application request in Studielink you will receive your login details – a VUnet-ID username and a password – for our application system on your personal dashboard on VU.nl by e-mail. This may take up to two working days*. 

    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.

  • Step 3: Pay the application fee

    To participate in the entrance exam you are asked to pay a non-refundable €100 application fee. 
    Payment deadline: 31 December 2022 

    • If you are applying for an English-taught Bachelor's programme with a diploma outside of the Netherlands you are asked to complete the €100 application fee of the International Office. Only after you have paid this fee will we be able to start the assessment of your application file. Please do not delay paying the fee as this will delay your application.
      Application fee payment options and possible exemptions
    • If you are applying without a diploma or for a Dutch-taught programme you are asked to complete the payment after receiving instructions from the Student Administration. These instructions will be sent to you  and submitted the Entrance exam form.

    Once you have received confirmation that the application is complete, we aim to send you the admission decision within 4-6 weeks. 

  • Step 4: Fill out the Entrance exam form

    If it is determined that you can be allowed to participate in the Entrance exam you will be asked to complete the VU Entrance exam form.

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

    The entrance examination consists of various tests, which may differ per study programme and per faculty. VU Amsterdam will send you an e-mail informing you of the tests you must pass and the deadline for submitting proof of this.

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

    You must apply for your tests directly with the institutes that offer the tests. Fees may be charged. Pay attention to these institutes’ registration deadlines, which may be earlier than the deadline for submitting the proof of passing the tests to complete your enrolment for the Bachelor's degree programme of your choice.

    Find out more about deficiency tests

    Completed test results can be sent to either your International Student Advisor(s) or the Student Desk.

  • After Admission - international diploma applicants

    For international diploma applicants who applied for an English-taught programme more information can be found here.

  • Applicants younger than 21

    Applicants with a diploma that does not meet the admission requirements:

    In some cases international diploma applicants can resolve deficiencies by passing the relevant entrance examination at Dutch pre-university school-leaving examination level (VWO). This is possible when you are in possession of a diploma (and can submit your certified copy) that gives access to higher education in your own country, but does not meet the minimum admission requirements for VU Amsterdam.

    These deficiency exams are offered in English and/or Dutch. Which exams are required will depend on the programme you are interested in. More information can be found on the programme page under 'Admissions'. 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.

    Application procedure > Applying for an English-taught programme with a non-Dutch diploma

    Application deadline for submitting your complete application in Studielink and the VU Dashboard (incl. the €100 application fee):

    • Numerus fixus (limited spots): 15 January
    • Non-EU/EEA students: 1 April
    • EU/EEA students and students who do not need a study visa/residence permit through VU Amsterdam*: 1 May

    Applicants that do not possess a diploma:

    In case you are 18+ and you have an official refugee status in the Netherlands, please contact the Student Desk for further information.

    Application deadline in Studielink: 15 December 2022

Contact

Do you have any questions? Please contact the Student Desk.

Call +31 (0)20 59 85020 (Mon – Fri: 10:30 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 16:00)

If you have questions about the tuition fee, Studielink or your personal dashboard on VU.nl, please contact the Student Desk: studentdesk@vu.nl

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