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Application process, requirements and cancellation policy

Read all about how to apply and our entry requirements

Below you can find more information on: entry requirements,  application process, certified versus auditor participation and our cancellation policy.

If you still have questions then please reach out to us, we are here to help! 

More information

  • 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. 

    Invoice request
    If you or your department wish to pay via an invoice, please request the invoice by contacting us at:

    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:

    • 4 December 2023 23:59 CET

    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. There are some courses on Bachelor level as well. 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.

  • Certified versus Auditor participation

    • Certified participant: As a certified participant, you will have access to all the lectures and workshops of you winter course. In addition, you will also complete assignments which are graded, so that you can get a certificate for participating in the winter course. Available for all winter school courses. 
    • Auditor participant: As an auditor participant, you will have access to all the lectures and workshops of your winter course for a discounted price (-€100). You will, however, not participate in assignments and will therefore not receive a transcript of records or study credits after completing the course. Applicable to all courses, except for the course: Soft Skills for Business
  • 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 30 November (23:59 CET): 100% of the total fee will be refunded
    • Cancellation between 1 December and 4 December (23:59 CET): 50% of the total fee will be refunded
    • Cancellation from 5 December: no refund will be given

    *If VU Amsterdam cancels the course because the minimum course participants have not been reached or due to other circumstances, a full refund will be given.

  • Apply Now

    Ready to apply now? Please fill in our winter school application form

    Please be aware that some courses fill up fast and your place can only be confirmed after payment has been made.

We are here to help!

Feel free to contact us anytime.


  • Yota
  • Programme Coordinator
  • Celia
  • Summer and Winter School Officer
Celia VU Amsterdam Summer & Winter School
  • Esther
  • Summer and Winter School Officer