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Course Application

Honours students follow two types of courses: faculty courses at their own faculty and interfaculty courses at VU, UvA or AUC. On this page we inform you how to apply for the interfaculty courses.

During your VU Honours Programme you follow 2 or 3 interfaculty courses (equalling 12 or 18 EC). Prior to the start of each semester you will be invited to apply for new courses. To support you in making a good selection, you can orient yourself on all new interfaculty courses on offer during a Try Out Class (TOC) event.

Applying for Interfaculty courses
In the days following the TOC event you can select your courses of preference through an application form that will be published on this page. Within a few weeks after your application you will be informed for which course(s) you have been registered. Please also carefully read the application instructions below for more details!
Applying for Faculty courses
For all information about faculty courses, please go to your faculty honours webpage.

Interfaculty courses 1st semester 2023-2024
The registration for interfaculty courses is now closed. Please scroll down for an overview of the courses on offer in 1st semester 2023-2024 (VU, UvA, AUC) or go the interfaculty page.

There is more information if you scroll down on this page. 

Instructions to apply for Interfaculty Courses

  • How to apply for placement in interfaculty honours courses

    You can apply for placement in interfaculty honours courses twice a year, in June and in October, following the Try Out Class. This can be done through a course application form that will be published on top of this page. 

  • Instructions course application form

    On the course application form you must select your first, second, third and fourth course of your choice (with the first being your most preferred course, and so on). We will place you in one of the courses of your choice. 

    Please note:

    • Your first and second courses of preference are free of choice (this can be courses at VU, UvA or AUC). Your third and fourth choice will have to be courses at VU. So, if you are interested in taking an honours course at UvA and/or at AUC, you will have to list the course(s) as number one and/or two of preference.
    • Placement will be at random and NOT first come first serve. 
    • You can take a maximum of 12 credits of interfaculty courses per semester. Since places are limited, we will not be able to honour all requests for placement in two courses.
    • To participate in an AUC course there will be a selection based on a grade/course list and a list of bachelor courses you are currently enrolled in (which you will both have to upload together with the application form). Please note that AUC courses take place during the day.
    • To participate in an UvA course, you need to be registered in the UvA system. This is only possible when you have completed your VU re-enrollment for the next academic year (2023-2024).
  • IMPORTANT Avoid cancelling your participation in a course

    After having been placed in a course, the lecturer and administration of the Honours Progamme assume you will participate in the course. Cancelling your participation can cause issues for your own planning, the course lecturer, your fellow students and our administration. Therefore take note of the following:

    • When you wish to cancel your participation in a course after placement, you need to provide your reason for doing so. Valid reasons are:
        • Cases of force majeure (e.g. long-lasting illness);
        • Special personal circumstances (e.g. family issues or accidents that caused injury);
        • Unforeseen overlap in scheduling.
    • Potential replacement in a different course is only possible in honours courses at VU, and only if they have remaining places available. Note: potential replacement can only be arranged until two weeks before the start of the replacement course.
    • We reserve the right to not offer you replacement in a different honours course.
    • If you missed the application deadline for placement in interfaculty honours courses, we can no longer guarantee you placement in one of these courses.

Try Out Class

  • What is the Try Out Class?

    Prior to the start of each semester honours students can attend a Try Out Class with presentations of all interfaculty courses on offer of the UvA, VU and some AUC courses.

    During the days following the Try Out Class, you can apply for placement in courses of your preference by submitting the online application.  

    The programme consists of two sections:

    • Presentations: introduction to the interfaculty VU and UvA honours courses.
    • Information market: visit the different stands and representatives to ask your questions.

    Drinks & entertainment are included!

  • About the next Try Out Class

    The next Try Out Class for Sem 2 2023 - 2024 will take place in October/November at the UvA.

    Details of the last Try Out Class on 5 June:

    > view the event announcement
    > view the full programme (PNG)

How to plan your Honours Programme

VU Honours Programme Team

We organize and manage the VU Honours Programme. We oversee the overall programme and its interfaculty component. The faculty components aremanaged by each separate faculty. You can reach us via

Eva Meijerink

Coordinator Honours Programme

Portrait Eva Meijerink

Joke Verwers

Staff member Honours Programme (course placement, registration, grade registration, etc.)

Picture Joke Verwers, photographer: Peter Valckx

Gemma van der Wal

Staff member Honours Programme (communication, events, website, course evaluations)