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Exemption for a course

Apply for an exemption
Last updated on 22 September 2021

Students who have passed examinations during another study program at a recognized institution of higher education can request an exemption from courses within their study program at VU Amsterdam.

The components passed must correspond in terms of content, level and study load to the subjects of VU Amsterdam for which you are requesting an exemption. The Examination Board will only consider requests for exemption based on completed courses.

Apply for an exemption for specific courses

  • Submit a request to the Examination Board using the form under the blue button on this page.
  • Please clearly indicate for which course (s) and on the basis of which course you have already passed you request an exemption.
  • Add the following documents
  • Course information including bibliography or properly working links to a digital study guide
  • Scan of your results overview
  • VU Amsterdam reserves the right to request the original results overview at any time until the moment of graduation. So keep this document safe.
  • Information about exemption from the language test.

Additional conditions

Additional conditions for an exemption from the faculties SBE, RCH and FGB and Medical Sciences

Exemptions

  • The maximum amount of EC that can be exempted differs per study programme. The maximum amount of EC that can be exempted within your study programme can be found in the Teaching and Examination Regulations of the different study programmes. You can view each TER per study programme in the study guide.
  • A subject can only be admitted once as grounds for an exemption.
  • Exemption possibilities based on first year educational components from another institution, can only be considered if the student has successfully completed all components of the first year programme (60 EC) at the other institution.

Exemptions for theses and internships

The Bachelor’s and Master’s thesis and internships are excluded from this exemption possibility.

Request an exemption for a course already passed during another study program

Students who passed a course from the curriculum of their study program when they were not yet enrolled in this study program can apply for an exemption for that course via the form at the bottom of this page.

Example 1: In academic year 2010-2011, Student A was enrolled in the Pedagogical Sciences program and passed the courses Methodology 1, Measurement and Diagnostics 1 and Personality Studies and Research. In the 2011-2012 academic year, student A will transfer to the Psychology program. Said courses do not have to be taken again; Exemption is requested for each course via a special form.

Example 2: In academic year 2010-2011, Student B was registered for the Biomedical Sciences program and took the course Work and Organization as a minor. Student B will switch to the Psychology program in 2011-2012. The course Work and Organization does not have to be taken again; student applies for an exemption via form.

Applications for such exemptions must be made in September or October of the academic year concerned.

The so-called binding study advice (BSA) applies in the first year of the bachelor's programs. You can only continue your studies after the first year if you have obtained a minimum number of credits (ec): the BSA standard.

If you have been granted an exemption for one or more courses on the basis of a previously followed study program from the SBE Examination Board, the following applies:

1. the number of credits that can be exempted is a maximum of 12 or 18 ec, depending on the study program you are following;

2. the exemptions will only apply after you have met the BSA standard exclusively for the exemptions. If you have not met the BSA standard, you will in principle not be able to continue your studies and the exemptions will lapse.

In an overview it looks like this:

Program: BK/IBA

BSA-norm: 48 ec 

Maximum Exemptions: 12 ec

Program EBE

BSA-norm: 42 ec (incl. QRM I*)

Maximum Exemptions: 18 ec

Program EOR

BSA-norm: 42 ec

Maximum Exemptions: 18 ec

*Quantitative Research Methods I

Exemptions for the first bachelor year

If you started with a bachelor's degree at another university and want to transfer to one of the bachelor's programs of the faculty, it is only possible to request exemptions for components from the bachelor's if you can demonstrate that you have obtained a positive BSA from your previous program. Have received study advice (a minimum of 42 EC by means of successfully completed courses from the first year). You must then enclose the final BSA advice with the exemption request.

No exemptions are granted solely on the basis of a HBO propaedeutic diploma.

Completed HBO degree | completed non-law university education

Do you have a completed HBO law degree or SJD or a non-legal university degree? Then you will receive a number of standard exemptions. Overview of exemptions

Bachelor's thesis exemption

It is not possible to obtain an exemption for the bachelor's thesis.

Based on a combination of two degrees within the faculty 

Exemption for courses that overlap must be requested from the Examination Board. Do this as soon as you have passed the course, especially for courses from the first year in connection with the binding study advice (BSA).

  • Do you follow a different combination of studies and do you think you can still be exempted from a certain course? Then contact the Examination Board.
  • You are only eligible for the exemption when you have passed the corresponding course and the grade is visible on your grade list.
  • Your grade will be registered under the degree program under which you register for the course on VUnet, the exemption will be registered under the other degree program.

More information about exemptions on vu.nl

  • FGB

    Exemptions

    • The maximum amount of EC that can be exempted differs per study programme. The maximum amount of EC that can be exempted within your study programme can be found in the Teaching and Examination Regulations of the different study programmes. You can view each TER per study programme in the study guide.
    • A subject can only be admitted once as grounds for an exemption.
    • Exemption possibilities based on first year educational components from another institution, can only be considered if the student has successfully completed all components of the first year programme (60 EC) at the other institution.

    Exemptions for theses and internships

    The Bachelor’s and Master’s thesis and internships are excluded from this exemption possibility.

    Request an exemption for a course already passed during another study program

    Students who passed a course from the curriculum of their study program when they were not yet enrolled in this study program can apply for an exemption for that course via the form at the bottom of this page.

    Example 1: In academic year 2010-2011, Student A was enrolled in the Pedagogical Sciences program and passed the courses Methodology 1, Measurement and Diagnostics 1 and Personality Studies and Research. In the 2011-2012 academic year, student A will transfer to the Psychology program. Said courses do not have to be taken again; Exemption is requested for each course via a special form.

    Example 2: In academic year 2010-2011, Student B was registered for the Biomedical Sciences program and took the course Work and Organization as a minor. Student B will switch to the Psychology program in 2011-2012. The course Work and Organization does not have to be taken again; student applies for an exemption via form.

    Applications for such exemptions must be made in September or October of the academic year concerned.

  • SBE

    The so-called binding study advice (BSA) applies in the first year of the bachelor's programs. You can only continue your studies after the first year if you have obtained a minimum number of credits (ec): the BSA standard.

    If you have been granted an exemption for one or more courses on the basis of a previously followed study program from the SBE Examination Board, the following applies:

    1. the number of credits that can be exempted is a maximum of 12 or 18 ec, depending on the study program you are following;

    2. the exemptions will only apply after you have met the BSA standard exclusively for the exemptions. If you have not met the BSA standard, you will in principle not be able to continue your studies and the exemptions will lapse.

    In an overview it looks like this:

    Program: BK/IBA

    BSA-norm: 48 ec 

    Maximum Exemptions: 12 ec

    Program EBE

    BSA-norm: 42 ec (incl. QRM I*)

    Maximum Exemptions: 18 ec

    Program EOR

    BSA-norm: 42 ec

    Maximum Exemptions: 18 ec

    *Quantitative Research Methods I

  • Law

    Exemptions for the first bachelor year

    If you started with a bachelor's degree at another university and want to transfer to one of the bachelor's programs of the faculty, it is only possible to request exemptions for components from the bachelor's if you can demonstrate that you have obtained a positive BSA from your previous program. Have received study advice (a minimum of 42 EC by means of successfully completed courses from the first year). You must then enclose the final BSA advice with the exemption request.

    No exemptions are granted solely on the basis of a HBO propaedeutic diploma.

    Completed HBO degree | completed non-law university education

    Do you have a completed HBO law degree or SJD or a non-legal university degree? Then you will receive a number of standard exemptions. Overview of exemptions

    Bachelor's thesis exemption

    It is not possible to obtain an exemption for the bachelor's thesis.

    Based on a combination of two degrees within the faculty 

    Exemption for courses that overlap must be requested from the Examination Board. Do this as soon as you have passed the course, especially for courses from the first year in connection with the binding study advice (BSA).

    • Do you follow a different combination of studies and do you think you can still be exempted from a certain course? Then contact the Examination Board.
    • You are only eligible for the exemption when you have passed the corresponding course and the grade is visible on your grade list.
    • Your grade will be registered under the degree program under which you register for the course on VUnet, the exemption will be registered under the other degree program.

    More information about exemptions on vu.nl

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