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Last updated on 11 June 2021

To participate in courses and exams you have to register. You can register via the registration module.

The official rules about registration are described in the Registration regulations for educational activities and examinations.

What do you register for?

Registration, as well as deregistration, is necessary for organising education. It provides insight into the number of students to be expected. This is important, for example for the scheduling of lecture halls and the preparation of education by a teacher.

Different registration procedure?

For some study programs or courses, a different registration procedure applies. View the Studyguide to see whether this applies to your study program or course. Also look bottom of this page under Registration conditions per faculty.

Registration deadlines

There are fixed registration periods; you can register and deregister within these periods. You can find these terms below. Timely registration offers you a guarantee of participation in the education you choose. If you wish to register for a course after the deadline, please fill out the Form Registration after deadline

Deregister

If you change your mind and still do not participate in the course or exam, please deregister. To do this, select "deregister" in the registration module.

Information about registration

  • (New!): registration regulation and terms

    New registration and deregistration rules from May 18th 2021
    Starting from 18 May 2021, VU Amsterdam has new registration and deregistration rules and procedures to make it easier to register for courses and exams. In addition, the registration and deregistration deadlines have changed.

    From now on: 

    1. You will be automatically signed up for the exam if you sign up for a course at the VU.
    2. You will be automatically registered for the resit if you did not pass the exam for a course at the VU.
    3. You can withdraw from a course up until the first week of classes. 
    4. You will receive updates on your VU email about signing in and signing out to avoid a No Show result. 

    The above does not apply if your course entry and result registration do not take place via the VU.

    The registration and cancellation deadlines for courses and (re)exams have been changed. See below at 'When to register'. 

    For Medicine students, different rules may apply, see below under 'Different registration procedure per faculty'.

  • How to register

    1)You can register for courses via the registration module.
    2)After you have selected your study program and academic year, you can register per period for courses within your study program. 
    3)To help you make the right choice of the corresponding components during the registration process. Full information about the timetable can be found on rooster.vu.nl

    In the registration module you can also register for courses outside your study program and select minors and specialisations. Check out the information below.

    In some cases you will be registered by the education office of your faculty, or you cannot register for courses and/or groups yourself. View the Study Guide for more information about the course in question and look at registration conditions per faculty at the bottom of this page. 

    Do you not want to participate in a course or exam? Deregister on time.

    Look at 'Registration conditions per faculty' below for additional information for your faculty.

  • How to deregister

    If you do not want to participate in a course, please deregister within the deregistration period. Click the box in the sign-up module and click "deregister". After deregistration, you will receive a confirmation in your VU student email.

    Please note: if you have registered for an exam but do not participate, you will receive a No Show as an assessment. Whether this counts as an opportunity that you have used up depends on the Teaching and Examination Regulations (OER) of your study program. 

  • When to register and deregister

    Registration period for courses and educational activities

    You can register for courses and educational activities during the registration period for the period in which the course takes place.  

    Registration deadlines 2021/2022:

    Period/
    Semester 
    Education period Registration term Deregistration term 
    Period 106-09-2021 t/m 29-10-2021 26-07-2021 t/m 13-09-2021 26-07-2021 t/m 13-09-2021
    Period 2 01-11-2021 t/m 24-12-2021 27-09-2021 t/m 18-10-2021 27-09-2021 t/m 08-11-2021
    Period 310-01-2022 t/m 04-02-2022 29-11-2021 t/m 13-12-2021 29-11-2021 t/m 17-01-2022
    Semester 106-09-2021 t/m 04-02-2022 26-07-2021 t/m 13-09-202126-07-2021 t/m 13-09-2021
    Period 407-02-2022 t/m 01-04-2022 20-12-2021 t/m 17-01-202220-12-2021 t/m 14-02-2022
    Period 504-04-2022 t/m 03-06-2022 

    Period 606-06-2022 t/m 01-07-2022 

    Semester 207-02-2022 t/m 01-07-2022 20-12-2021 t/m 17-01-202220-12-2021 t/m 14-02-2022
    Summer holiday04-07-2022 t/m 31-08-2022 

    Academic year06-09-2021 t/m 31-08-2022 26-07-2021 t/m 31-08-202226-07-2021 t/m 13-09-2021

    Modifications due to corona measures
    Due to the current corona measures, there are some changes. For semester 1 you register per period. Each period has different registration dates. The registration deadlines for semester 2 will be announced later.

    Deregister for (re)examinations
    You can deregister for (re)exainations up to one week before the exam date. For example: you can cancel for an exam on Friday 24/12/2020 until 23:59 on Friday 17/12/2020. 

    Courses over multiple periods
    You register for courses and examinations per period; each period has different registration dates. For courses that take place in combined periods (for example, courses in period 1 to 3), the registration term of the period in which the course starts (period 1) always applies. 

    Registration period for courses  
    You can register for courses during the registration period for the period in which the course takes place.  Registration for period 1 of the next academic year starts in July. You can find the exact date in the Registration Deadlines. The deadline for signing up for courses is a few weeks before the start of education. An exception to this is period 1, in which case you can register up to and including the first education week. 

    You can register until 23.59 hours on the last registration day. 

    Registering for examinations
    When you sign up for a course, the check mark for the participation in the exam is also on. This means that you will be automatically signed up for the examination. 

    The deadline for registering for the exam is the same as the deadline for the course. The deadline is a few weeks before the start of the course.

    Signing up for re-examination  
    When you have received a fail (or NVD) for the examination, you will automatically be registered for the resit. 

    If you did not take part in the examination (No Show) or if you passed the examination, you have to sign up for the re-examination yourself if you want to take part in it. You can sign up for the re-examination as soon as the results of the examination (first opportunity) are published or the day after the examination date. You can sign up for re-examinations up to 1 week before the re-examination date. Example: for an exam on Thursday 28 October you can sign up until Wednesday 20 October, 23.59 hrs. 

    When registering for a resit, the last result obtained applies, even if it is lower than the previously obtained result. If you register for a resit but do not participate, a No Show will be registered but the previously obtained result will remain valid.  

    Deregister for (re)examinations
    You can deregister for (re)examinations up to one week before the exam date. For example: you can cancel for an exam on Friday 24/12/2020 until 23:59 on Friday 17/12/2020. 

  • Too late to register

    You can no longer subscribe via the subscription module after the subscription period has expired.

    Is there a last-minute subscription option?

    You can make use of a last-minute registration option for some courses (from period 2 on). This means that just before the course starts, you can register for two more days for courses where places are still available. If you have not registered on time, consult Study Guide whether there is a last minute registration option for this course, or view the Registration conditions per faculty at the bottom of this page.
    Last-minute registration works exactly the same as "normal" registration, so via the registration module. However, do not wait for these two extra days because full is full, so sign up on time so that you are sure of a place and the teacher knows how many students he or she can expect.
    You can find the last-minute registration periods in the Registration periods 2020-2021.

    Apply a request

    If there is no last-minute registration option, you can submit a motivated request to be registered. An application will only be honoured if it meets the conditions as described in the Regulations for registering for courses and exams. If your application is approved, you will still be registered.

    Form Registration after deadline


    The Faculty Board will grant your application if:

    • during the entire registration period there was force majeure (such as a long-term illness of yourself or the death of a loved one), so that registration was not an option for you.
    • there are disproportionate consequences for your study progress.

    Your application will only be processed if you provide evidence showing that there is force majeure or disproportionate consequences for your study progress. An application will only be honored if sufficient capacity is available in the relevant course.


    Look at Registration conditions per faculty below for any additional rules per faculty.

    Application rejected?

    If your application is not accepted, you will not be registered and you may not participate in the course and / or exam. If you do participate, it is at your own risk and you must take these consequences into account:

    • If you participate in a course without registering, you are not entitled to access to the educational activities and the available educational materials.
    • If you take an exam without registering, you will not receive a result.
    • If you want to take an exam without registering, you may be refused entry. 
  • Register for a minor

    You can select a minor in the registration module. If you select a minor (or as soon as the permission has been granted), the courses from this minor will be shown per period under the "Pre-selected courses" tab. You can then easily register for the selected courses. Please note that the pre-selected courses are displayed per period. You must register separately for each period in which a minor course is offered. If you select a minor for which approval is required, a form will automatically appear to request this approval from the Examination Board.

    More about minors

    More substantive information about the minors can be found at minor.vu.nl.

  • Register as a pre-master student or contract student

    As a pre-master's student, you can register for courses  in the registration module. 

    As a contract student, you cannot register for courses yourself. This is done by the education office of your faculty.

    Please consult the information at the bottom of this page under 'Registration conditions per faculty' for the specific conditions of your faculty for pre-master's and contract students.

  • Register as a subsidiary student

    If you, as a student from outside VU Amsterdam, want to take course (s) at VU Amsterdam as a subsidiary student, indicate which course(s) you want to take when registering. After approval, the courses are scheduled, after which you can register for the courses in the registration module.
    You cannot add courses in the registration module. If you want to take an extra course within the academic year for which you are registered, go to your profile to add the desired course. If an earlier application for a minor has not yet been approved, you also have the option to delete the application here.

    For more information, see Optional courses.

  • Register for an extracurricular course

    You can only register for courses that are part of your study programme and for courses that are offered extracurricularly. For registration and for including courses from other programmes in your curriculum, you must first request permission from the examination board. If you only wish to participate in the courses of other programmes and not include them in your curriculum, a request to the education office of the faculty is sufficient.

  • Problems with registering

    There are several possible reasons why you cannot register for courses:

    • You can only register during the registration period.
    • You can only register if you are (re)registered for a study program. If the status of your registration is still on 'Complete registration', you are not fully (re)registered.
    • You can only register for courses within your study program and for courses that are offered extracurricularly. You must first request permission to participate in courses from other programs.

    Entry requirements apply to some courses. If you do not meet the entry requirements, you cannot register for the course.

    Course not found in the registration module?

    Can't find courses in the registration module? Then try the following:

    • Check whether you have selected the correct study program and the correct year: at the top of the start screen for registration it is shown for which study program and which year you see the study plan. Make sure that the correct data is selected here.
    • Search within all courses: a course that is not in the pre-selected courses may be found in all courses.
    • Search within extracurricular courses: courses that are not part of the training program of your study program may be offered extracurricularly.
    • Search in minors: if you are looking for a (course within a) minor, you can find it by clicking the "Search in minors" button. You will find all minors that are available within your study program and you can then register for the courses.

    Check the study guide: if a subject in the study guide is available in your study program, but not in the registration module, you can contact the student desk about this.

    Still not able to find courses or minors? Then they are not available within your study program and the extracurricular offer. If you want to take such courses, you can submit a request to participate.

    Is the course full?

    A course or an educational activity can fill up during registration. You can only register if there is still room in a course. In most cases, the capacity is increased quickly and subscription is possible again. So try again the next day. If the course is still full, you can submit a request to the faculty to increase the capacity for this part of a course.
    You can only submit a request if activities of a part are full, for example if all groups in a workgroup are full. For some courses a maximum number of participants applies; You cannot submit a request to increase the capacity for such courses. If there is a maximum number of participants, this is stated in the course in the Study Guide.

    If a course is full, you can submit a request to participate.

    Request

    Submit a request as a minor

    For different registration rules per faculty, see Registration conditions per faculty at the bottom of this page. 

  • Plan courses in your study plan

    You can add a course to your study plan via the registration module if the registration period for that course has not yet been opened. This is also possible for courses in subsequent academic years. Select your study program and academic year. By clicking the "Plan course" button you can schedule courses per period.

    Please note: planning is not the same as subscribing! If you have planned courses, you still have to register for the courses, educational activities and exams yourself when the registration period is open. This does not happen automatically. 

  • Take several courses at the same time

    Are you following two or more courses at the same time, or do you wish to do so? That is possible. Below you can read how to arrange this.

    Visit your academic advisor

    Visit the academic advisor for advice. He or she will help you plan and combine the courses you have in mind and, if necessary, can refer you to another course.

    Ask the lecturer for the digital learning materials of lectures

    If lectures coincide, decide which lecture you will attend. Ask the lecturer of the lecture you missed to make the available digital learning resources available quickly so that you can prepare for the remaining lectures.

    Change of workgroup

    Are work lectures at the same time? Then ask if you can switch working groups. Depending on the method of registration, you can arrange this yourself or contact the education office or the lecturer.

    Request to take an exam at another time

    Are exams scheduled at the same time? In all cases, submit a request to take the examination at another time as soon as possible, but no later than three weeks before the examination period.

    Are you taking your second course at different faculties? Submit your request to the faculty of your main study. 

Registration conditions per faculty

Registration conditions may differ per faculty. View the registration conditions of your faculty below.

Study guide

For information on the different registration procedure per course, please check the Study Guide.  

Last-minute registration

All courses of the Faculty of Science are open for last-minute enrolment. For some courses there is a maximum capacity. When this capacity is reached, registration is no longer possible, also not during the last-minute registration period.

Pre-master 

In most cases, pre-master students can register for courses themselves. If not, they can contact the student desk

Study guide 

For information on the different registration procedure per course, please check the Study Guide.  

Exceptions apply in particular to:

  • First-year courses Behavioral Sciences (Psychology and Educational Sciences and university Pabo)
  • First-year courses in Human Movement Sciences
  • Courses of the Educational Minor
  • Courses of the University Teacher Education
  • Sweep exams of the two-year Behavioral Sciences courses

Last-minute registration

At the Faculty of Behavioral and Movement Sciences, only the first-year courses of the bachelor's programs Psychology, Pedagogy and Movement Sciences are open for last-minute registration in the second semester. This concerns the following courses (Name course | Period | Code):

  • Measurement Theory and Assessment 1 | Period 4 | P_BMETDIA_1
  • Social Psychology | Period 4 | P_BSOCPSY
  • Personality Theory and Personality Research | Period 5 | P_BPEROND
  • Developmental Psychology and Psychopathology | Period 5 + 6 | P_BOWPPSY
  • Psychologycial Communication Skills 1: Basic Skills | Period 6 | P_BPSG1BA
  • Psychology | Period 4 | B_PSY

For all courses other than the courses mentioned above, these are not open for last-minute registration.

Study guide

For information on the different registration procedure per course, please check the Study Guide.  

All students register for courses themselves. Only first year students will be registered by the Education Office in academic year 2021/2022 on the following courses: 

  • Bachelor Bedrijfskunde: 
      • Taaltoets – VU_TAALT 
      • SAM Programme BK - E_BK1_SAM
      • Research Participation 1- E_BK1_RPR1
  • Bachelor International Business Administration: 
      • English Language Test – VU_ELT
      • SAM Programme IBA - E_IBA1_SAM
      • Research Participation 1 - E_IBA1_RPR1
  • Bachelor Economie en Bedrijfseconomie:
      • English Language Test – VU_ELT
      • SAM Programme EBE – E_EBE1_SAM
  • Bachelor Econometrics and Operations Research:
      • English Language Test – VU_ELT
      •  SAM Programme EOR – E_EOR1_SAM

Last-minute registration

All compulsory courses of the School of Business and Economics are open for last-minute registration. Elective courses will only be opened if there is still room in the course. If this is not the case, or if the course becomes full during the last-minute registration period, it is no longer possible to subscribe for this course.

Study guide

For information on the different registration procedure per course, please check the Study Guide. Last-minute registration

Last-minute registration

All courses of the Faculty of Humanities are open for last-minute registration.

Premaster

As a pre-master student you cannot register for modules yourself. This is provided by the Education Office. You will be registered for the lectures and the first exam. You must register for a possible resit yourself.

Study guide

For information on the different registration procedure per course, please check the Study Guide

Submit application after late registration

Please note: if your application is approved, you will take the exam at the regular exam location. In that case, it is not possible to take your exam in the facilities room if you have been granted the facility 'low-stimulus room' or facility 'taking written exams on the PC'.

Last-minute registration

No course at the Faculty of Law is open for last-minute registration.

Study guide

For information on the different registration procedure per course, please check the Study Guide.  

Please note: There are courses with working groups. For some courses you can register yourself for a workgroup (and your registration will be immediately visible in your personal timetable), but there are also courses where the workgroup classification is made by the teacher. In the latter case, you cannot choose a working group yourself. You can see the time at which the workgroups are scheduled on www.rooster.vu.nl. Only when the classification has been registered will the workgroup you are assigned to will be visible in your personal timetable. 

Last-minute registration 

No course at the Faculty of Social Sciences is open to last-minute registration.

Bachelor of Medicine

  • Registering for courses and 1st examinations: 
    Students are registered for courses and 1st examination by the education office. Registering via VUweb does not apply to the courses of the Bachelor of Medicine programme.
  • Registering for a resit: 
    If a student fails the exam, he/she is automatically registered for the resit. Students who did not pass a course in the previous academic year or who received an NS, can register for the re-examination of that course via a link, this link can be found in all CANVAS courses under the heading modules/testing.
  • Registration for a resit of a stationary test: 
    In all CANVAS courses under the heading modules/testing, students can register via a link, this also applies to students who did not pass the station test in a previous academic year or who received a NS.
  • Deregistering for an exam/re-examination: 
    Students can deregister an exam by sending an e-mail to studentenbalie@vumc.nl, please include the student number and the name of the course/event in the e-mail.

Master of Medicine

Registering for a course: students are registered for courses and first exams by the education office. Registering via VUweb does not apply to the courses of the Master of Medicine programme.

Registering for a resit: in the event of a fail, students are NOT automatically registered for the resit. Registration runs via the education office (information on the course on canvas)

Master Oncology

See registration procedure of VU Amsterdam.

Master Cardiovascular 

See registration procedure of VU Amsterdam.

Study guide

For information on the different registration procedure per course, please check the Study Guide

Last-minute registration

All courses of the Faculty of Religion and Theology are open for last-minute registration. A maximum capacity applies to some courses. Once this has been reached, it is no longer possible to register, not even during the last-minute subscription period.

Amsterdam University College uses a separate course registration system called AUC Portal. All full-time AUC students will be informed of course registration procedures separately by the AUC registrar. Current AUC students can find more information on the AUC Student Information Canvas page here

Students at the VU are sometimes eligible to follow courses at AUC under certain conditions. If you’re a current VU student, you can find more information about the possibility to take off-campus courses at Amsterdam University College on their website here.

  • BETA

    Study guide

    For information on the different registration procedure per course, please check the Study Guide.  

    Last-minute registration

    All courses of the Faculty of Science are open for last-minute enrolment. For some courses there is a maximum capacity. When this capacity is reached, registration is no longer possible, also not during the last-minute registration period.

    Pre-master 

    In most cases, pre-master students can register for courses themselves. If not, they can contact the student desk

  • FGB

    Study guide 

    For information on the different registration procedure per course, please check the Study Guide.  

    Exceptions apply in particular to:

    • First-year courses Behavioral Sciences (Psychology and Educational Sciences and university Pabo)
    • First-year courses in Human Movement Sciences
    • Courses of the Educational Minor
    • Courses of the University Teacher Education
    • Sweep exams of the two-year Behavioral Sciences courses

    Last-minute registration

    At the Faculty of Behavioral and Movement Sciences, only the first-year courses of the bachelor's programs Psychology, Pedagogy and Movement Sciences are open for last-minute registration in the second semester. This concerns the following courses (Name course | Period | Code):

    • Measurement Theory and Assessment 1 | Period 4 | P_BMETDIA_1
    • Social Psychology | Period 4 | P_BSOCPSY
    • Personality Theory and Personality Research | Period 5 | P_BPEROND
    • Developmental Psychology and Psychopathology | Period 5 + 6 | P_BOWPPSY
    • Psychologycial Communication Skills 1: Basic Skills | Period 6 | P_BPSG1BA
    • Psychology | Period 4 | B_PSY

    For all courses other than the courses mentioned above, these are not open for last-minute registration.

  • SBE

    Study guide

    For information on the different registration procedure per course, please check the Study Guide.  

    All students register for courses themselves. Only first year students will be registered by the Education Office in academic year 2021/2022 on the following courses: 

    • Bachelor Bedrijfskunde: 
        • Taaltoets – VU_TAALT 
        • SAM Programme BK - E_BK1_SAM
        • Research Participation 1- E_BK1_RPR1
    • Bachelor International Business Administration: 
        • English Language Test – VU_ELT
        • SAM Programme IBA - E_IBA1_SAM
        • Research Participation 1 - E_IBA1_RPR1
    • Bachelor Economie en Bedrijfseconomie:
        • English Language Test – VU_ELT
        • SAM Programme EBE – E_EBE1_SAM
    • Bachelor Econometrics and Operations Research:
        • English Language Test – VU_ELT
        •  SAM Programme EOR – E_EOR1_SAM

    Last-minute registration

    All compulsory courses of the School of Business and Economics are open for last-minute registration. Elective courses will only be opened if there is still room in the course. If this is not the case, or if the course becomes full during the last-minute registration period, it is no longer possible to subscribe for this course.

  • FGW

    Study guide

    For information on the different registration procedure per course, please check the Study Guide. Last-minute registration

    Last-minute registration

    All courses of the Faculty of Humanities are open for last-minute registration.

    Premaster

    As a pre-master student you cannot register for modules yourself. This is provided by the Education Office. You will be registered for the lectures and the first exam. You must register for a possible resit yourself.

  • Law

    Study guide

    For information on the different registration procedure per course, please check the Study Guide

    Submit application after late registration

    Please note: if your application is approved, you will take the exam at the regular exam location. In that case, it is not possible to take your exam in the facilities room if you have been granted the facility 'low-stimulus room' or facility 'taking written exams on the PC'.

    Last-minute registration

    No course at the Faculty of Law is open for last-minute registration.

  • FSS

    Study guide

    For information on the different registration procedure per course, please check the Study Guide.  

    Please note: There are courses with working groups. For some courses you can register yourself for a workgroup (and your registration will be immediately visible in your personal timetable), but there are also courses where the workgroup classification is made by the teacher. In the latter case, you cannot choose a working group yourself. You can see the time at which the workgroups are scheduled on www.rooster.vu.nl. Only when the classification has been registered will the workgroup you are assigned to will be visible in your personal timetable. 

    Last-minute registration 

    No course at the Faculty of Social Sciences is open to last-minute registration.

  • MED

    Bachelor of Medicine

    • Registering for courses and 1st examinations: 
      Students are registered for courses and 1st examination by the education office. Registering via VUweb does not apply to the courses of the Bachelor of Medicine programme.
    • Registering for a resit: 
      If a student fails the exam, he/she is automatically registered for the resit. Students who did not pass a course in the previous academic year or who received an NS, can register for the re-examination of that course via a link, this link can be found in all CANVAS courses under the heading modules/testing.
    • Registration for a resit of a stationary test: 
      In all CANVAS courses under the heading modules/testing, students can register via a link, this also applies to students who did not pass the station test in a previous academic year or who received a NS.
    • Deregistering for an exam/re-examination: 
      Students can deregister an exam by sending an e-mail to studentenbalie@vumc.nl, please include the student number and the name of the course/event in the e-mail.

    Master of Medicine

    Registering for a course: students are registered for courses and first exams by the education office. Registering via VUweb does not apply to the courses of the Master of Medicine programme.

    Registering for a resit: in the event of a fail, students are NOT automatically registered for the resit. Registration runs via the education office (information on the course on canvas)

    Master Oncology

    See registration procedure of VU Amsterdam.

    Master Cardiovascular 

    See registration procedure of VU Amsterdam.

  • FRT

    Study guide

    For information on the different registration procedure per course, please check the Study Guide

    Last-minute registration

    All courses of the Faculty of Religion and Theology are open for last-minute registration. A maximum capacity applies to some courses. Once this has been reached, it is no longer possible to register, not even during the last-minute subscription period.

  • Amsterdam University College

    Amsterdam University College uses a separate course registration system called AUC Portal. All full-time AUC students will be informed of course registration procedures separately by the AUC registrar. Current AUC students can find more information on the AUC Student Information Canvas page here

    Students at the VU are sometimes eligible to follow courses at AUC under certain conditions. If you’re a current VU student, you can find more information about the possibility to take off-campus courses at Amsterdam University College on their website here.

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