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Application process and requirements

Information about how to apply for VU Graduate Winter School

Did you find an online course of your interest? Great! We are excited that you will be joining us. You can submit your application through our online application form. If you still have questions then please reach out to us, we are here to help! 

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  • Application process

    How to apply?
    First of all, we’re thrilled that you want to apply for one of our courses! 

    To go ahead with your application, it’s as simple as filling out our online application form. When completing the form, please make sure that you: 

    1. Write briefly about your motivations for taking the course. 
    2. Upload your Curriculum Vitae/Résumé in English (the file size mustn’t exceed 1 MB).

    Your CV and motivation will be shared with the lecturers before the start of the course.

    Before applying, please make sure that you read through the General Terms and Conditions.

    After filling out the application form, you will be transferred to a payment page to complete the process. Your admission will be confirmed once we have reviewed your application according to the following factors: entry requirements, availability in the course, and whether or not your payment has been received. 

    Student discount
    Are you currently a student? 

    If so, we kindly ask that you use your university email address when submitting your application so that we can apply your student discount. 

    Application deadline:

    • Early Bird Deadline: 1 October (receive €50 discount!)
    • Application deadline: 15 November

    Do you have any questions or concerns? If anything comes up, don’t hesitate to reach out using the following email address:

  • Entry requirements

    Courses are taught at the Master's and PhD levels and are suitable for students as well as staff and working professionals. The entry requirements are as follows:

    • Master's: at least enrolled in the 1st year of Master studies - professionals need to have a Bachelor diploma
    • PhD: at least enrolled in 1st year of PhD studies 

    Individual courses may have their own entry requirements, so please check the course descriptions.

    If doubts remain about the student’s academic level based on the documents provided, VU Graduate Winter School reserves the right to ask for additional documents and/or a telephone/video interview. If you are not eligible for the course, you will receive a full refund.

    Apply now via our online application form!

  • English language requirements

    At VU Graduate Winter School, we don’t require proof of your proficiency in English.

    However, we do expect you to understand enough of the language to follow classes taught in English. As such, you should have at least a B2 level of English, as developed within the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR). This is comparable to a TOEFL internet test with a score of 92 or an IELTS score of 6.5.

  • Cancellation policy

    If you have been accepted to VU Graduate Winter School and have paid the tuition fee, but due to unforeseen circumstances, need to cancel, the following refunds will be given:

    • Cancellation before 1 December: 100% of the total fee will be refunded
    • Cancellation between 1 December and 1 January: 50% of the total fee will be refunded
    • Cancellation after 1 January: no refund will be given

We are here to help!

Feel free to contact us anytime.

+31 (0)20 5986429

Videocall: by appointment, send in your request by e-mail


  • Jan
  • Programme Coordinator
Jan Kostelijk, Coordinator
  • Bianca
  • Summer and Winter School Officer
Bianca van Putten, International Officer
  • Helena
  • Summer and Winter School Intern