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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.

Apply for the entrance examination

  • Applying without a diploma

    Step 1: 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 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 entrance tests and send you your admission decision.

    Step 2: Fill out the Entrance exam form

    Complete the Entrance exam form.

    Step 3: Complete your VU Dashboard

    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*. 

    *In case you did not receive your login details, please first check your spam folder. If you are still unable to locate them, then contact the UCIT service desk on ucit-servicedesk@vu.nl or +31 (0)20 598 0000.

    Step 4: Complete your Entrance examination payment

    See 'Costs and payment options'. After submitting the Entrance exam form, you will receive payment instructions by e-mail.

    Step 5: Wait for the Admission Decision

    The Student Administration will inform you within 4 weeks about the conditions for admission.

    Application deadline:

    15 December 2022

    Questions?

    Get in touch with the Student Administration.

  • Applying with a diploma

    Step 1: 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.

    Does your diploma...
    • meet our diploma level requirements (VWO level)?
      Start your application in Studielink and enter your obtained diploma (diploma name and country where this was obtained) under "previous education".
      See our webpage ‘How do I apply for a Bachelor’s programme’ for the regular application procedure. Your programme choice and the type of diploma you obtained determine which application procedure you should follow.

    • give you access to higher education in your own country (possibly in combination with your completed university entrance exams and/or further education completed at higher education level elsewhere)?
      Start your application in Studielink and enter your obtained diploma (diploma name and country where this was obtained) under "previous education". Based on the VU Regulations for Application and Enrolment your diploma gives you the right to participate in the VU entrance examinations.
      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. Which exams are required will depend on the programme you are interested in and can be found under 'not directly eligible for admission?' on the programme's webpage.

    • not meet the diploma requirements or give access to higher education in your own country?
      Your diploma is not considered relevant for the application. Please follow the steps under 'Applying without a diploma'. Your deadline to complete your application in Studielink + submit your Entrance Exam form is 15 December.

    Step 2: Complete your VU Dashboard, pay the application fee and wait for the admission decision

    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*. 

    *In case you did not receive your login details, please first check your spam folder. If you are still unable to locate them, then contact the UCIT service desk on ucit-servicedesk@vu.nl or +31 (0)20 598 0000.

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    See our webpage ‘How do I apply for a Bachelor’s programme’ for all steps.

    Application fee for applying with a non-Dutch diploma:
    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

    Application deadlines:

    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

    Questions?

    Get in touch via e-mail with the International Student Advisors of the International Office.

  • Costs and Payment options

    To participate in the Entrance exam you are asked to pay a non-refundable €100 application fee per academic year.

    Payment deadline: 31 December 2022.
    After submitting the Entrance exam form, you will receive payment instructions by e-mail.
    When the payment is received and the full application submitted in the VU Dashboard, the Student Administration will process your request and send out the official admission decision within 4 weeks.

    Costs for the entrance exam registration are not refunded; cancelling your admission request or not meeting the admission conditions does not count as an exception. So check carefully before completing your payment if you wish to continue with your request!

  • After Admission

    Deadlines for Numerus Fixus

    We strongly advise you to submit the required test results as soon as possible. Please note: if you need to apply for a study visa/residence permit, make sure to send your passing scores to the International Office before June 1st.

    Complete admission and finalise enrolment: make sure to meet all admission requirements and tuition fee payment before 15 July 2023.

    Deadlines for al other programmes

    We strongly advise you to submit the required test results as soon as possible. Please note: if you need to apply for a study visa/residence permit, make sure to send your passing scores to the International Office before June 1st.

    Complete admission and finalise enrolment: make sure to meet all admission requirements and tuition fee payment before 31 August 2023.

  • 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

  • What to do when you have passed the tests

    1. You can send the certified copies to us by post, or bring them to the Student Desk. Certified test certificates bear a stamp and signature from an official institute to attest that the copy is the same as the original. The certificates can be certified by the administration of the institute that awarded the certificate or by the Student Desk. Bring the original and copy with you when you wish to have them certified by us.

      If you need to submit a certified copy of your test results, send it to the following address:

      Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
      Student Administration
      De Boelelaan 1105
      1081 HV Amsterdam
      The Netherlands

      Please include your VU student number when you send documents by post.
    2. When you have passed all required tests and VU Amsterdam has processed all results, you can view in your VU Dashboard that your previous education level has been verified. If you notice this is not the case, please contact the Student Desk via e-mail or phone.
  • Applicants younger than 21 without 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

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

Are you currently a VU student? Ask your question via the question form (log in with your VUnetID)