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How do I switch to another study programme?

Are you having doubts about your current programme and would you like to switch to another programme?

VU Amsterdam is happy to guide you in the transition to another study programme.

  • Non-EU/EEA students should take the following into consideration:
      • Switching to another educational institution
        If you are not happy with your current study programme at VU Amsterdam and you would like to switch to another programme at another educational institution, then you need to apply for a so-called “Change of Sponsor procedure”. That way, your new educational institution can take over the sponsorship of your residence permit for study purposes. For this, you will need to:
          1. Apply for the new study programme at the other educational institution.
          2. Quit your current programme at VU Amsterdam; the International Office will subsequently deregister your study permit at the IND, so that the other educational institution can take over your permit.
          3. Apply for the Change of Sponsor procedure through the new educational institution. Please follow their instructions.
      • Switching to another study programme within VU Amsterdam
        The IND requires students who have a residence permit for study purposes to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirement for each academic year in which they are enrolled. All non–EU/EEA students need to obtain at least 50% of their yearly ECTS in order to keep the right of their residence permit for the next academic year.
        Therefore it is not always possible to switch to another programme during the academic year. Please contact the Student Immigration team at to check if you meet the requirements.
        Important notice for first-year Bachelor’s students: you might need to obtain at least 42ECTS as part of your binding recommendation on continuation of studies (BSA). Please contact your programme coordinator for more information if you are thinking about switching to another programme.
  • Sign up for a VU Taster Day or Student for a Day (only for Bachelor's students)
    For example, one of the steps in your study choice action plan can be ‘Participate in a Taster Day or Student for a Day’. During a Taster Day, you will explore the programme with other prospective students. As a Student for a Day, you will follow along with a current student on campus. This will not only give you a more complete picture of the study programme, but it will also provide a general impression of the teachers and students. If you are deciding between two programmes, you could participate in a Taster Day or Student for a Day for both programmes.
  • Participate in VU Matching (only for Bachelor's students)
    If you register on time for your study programme, you are entitled to a check and a personal recommendation regarding your programme choice through VU Matching. For most programmes, the matching activity is even compulsory because it is important for you as well as for the university to know that you are a good match with the programme of your choice.
  • Register and deregister via Studielink
    After careful consideration, have you made your final decision about a study programme? Register and deregister via Studielink before 1 September. For more information about application and admission, take a look at the information for Bachelor's or Master's students.

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