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Verification of your previous education

We regularly receive questions from prospective students about how to verify their previous education.

We have listed the most frequently asked questions and their answers for you.

Frequently asked questions

  • Am I admissible with my non-Dutch previous education?

    Applicants who apply with a non-Dutch diploma must meet a number of requirements in order to be eligible for admission to our degree programmes.

    VU Amsterdam reviews all applications with a non-Dutch diploma individually due to their distinctive nature. Therefore, the only way to determine whether you are eligible for admission is by submitting an official application through Studielink and providing all required documentation in the application portal of your personal VU dashboard.

    Further information about the requirements and application procedure can be found on the admission requirement page for Bachelor's and Master's programmes.

  • How can I verify my non-Dutch diploma?

    When you apply through Studielink with a non-Dutch previous education, Studielink will inform you that your diploma cannot be verified automatically. It will request you to send a certified copy of your diploma to VU Amsterdam. VU Amsterdam will verify your diploma.

    Unless stated differently in your admission letter, you can send your document by post to:

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

    Please note: do not submit original documents, as these will not be returned.

  • What is a certified copy of a diploma?

    A certified copy of the diploma bears a signed stamp to attest that the copy is identical to the original diploma. A competent authority applies a stamp, signature and date to authenticate the copy. Please note that only the original of the certified copy is accepted – we will not accept scans or copies because their authenticity cannot be verified.

    You must present the original diploma when you wish to have the copy certified. The copy can be certified by:

    • The educational institution that awarded you the diploma
    • VU Amsterdam Student Desk (when you wish to study at VU Amsterdam)

    Please note: If your diploma is not issued in English, German, Dutch, French or Spanish, you must also submit an English translation by a sworn translator.

  • What is the examination date of my previous education?

    The examination date, also referred to as the ‘graduation date’, is the date stated on your diploma. This means that the examination date is not the same as the date on which you are awarded your diploma, as diplomas are often awarded after the examination date.

  • Will you receive the diploma of your previous education (only) after 1 September?

    A certified copy of your degree must be turned in to VU Amsterdam by 31 August (for starting date 1 September) and 15 July if you are applying for a programme that uses a selection procedure (Numerus Fixus). If you have met all the requirements to graduate before 31 August but are still waiting for the diploma certificate to be issued, alternatively you can ask your university to provide a statement of graduation.

    This statement needs to state that you have met all the requirements to graduate before the 1st of September. The confirmation of graduation must be the original letter (on the institution's stationery) and signed by a competent officer, stating the officer's name and position. 

    The letter must state the date of issuing, the degree/diploma obtained, the official graduation date (the examination date) and the date on which you will receive your diploma. VU Amsterdam's Student Administration reserves the right to reject a statement if the document does not meet our criteria.

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, please contact the Student Desk:

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