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International Minors Medicine

Last updated on 14 June 2022

Ever wondered how and why diseases develop? How medicine work or how novel drugs are discovered? What the underlying mechanisms are? Then join the exchange semester of Faculty of Medicine in which we will address all these questions. 

The Faculty of Medicine's elective semester will give you insights in the translation of research to health care and back. 

Start date: September
Duration: One semester 
Language of instruction: English 
Credits: 24/30 EC

The program offers a number of different minors every year. For 2021-2022 these are:

Global Health Indonesia, Challenges in Women's & Child Healthcare, Clinical & Scientific Internal Medicine and Comprehensive Care, and Anatomy are only open to VU medical students. Please mind that in the last three minors some parts (e.g. patient presentations) will be taught in Dutch. 

The minors of the elective/exchange semester focus on medical scientific deepening and broadening and the translational connection between research and clinic. The aim is to strengthen academic and scientific training within the clinical context. This means you are better prepared for current developments in healthcare. In the light of internationalization and the reinforcement of academic training, the minors are taught in English.

The minors at the Faculty of Medicine start in September, last 16 weeks and comprise a total of 24 EC. The education is small-scale, consisting of interactive tutorials of +/- 25-48 students, study groups of approximately 12 students, practicals, working visits, etc. Each minor is multidisciplinary in design. You can complete your minor in January with a literature essay (6EC) to make it 30 EC. 

Admission, registration and questions about the programme

  • Admission

    The international minors medicine is accesible for medical bachelor students studying at VU Amsterdam and  students (foreign) from VU partner institutions and Amsterdam UMC. 

    Specific minor requirements
    Bachelor medical students VU Amsterdam must have completed the first bachelor year and acquire at least
    30 ECTS in the second year (= at least 90 ECTS), where 18 ECTS is acquired in the first semester of the second year.

    Bachelor Biomedical Sciences, third year students in Health and Life Sciences (major clinical sciences or major biomedical sciences), Medical Natural Sciences and the beta track Amsterdam University College. Completed the first bachelor year and acquire at least 30 ECTS in the second year (= at least 90 ECTS). In addition, it is vital that you know the English language (at least on VWO level)

    Foreign students of partner institutions: 
    The minor is open to Exchange  and Semester in Amsterdam students who wish to apply for one of these minors need to have completed at least 90 EC in a relevant program like for example: medicine, biomedical sciences, psychobiology, technical medicine, or biopharmaceutical sciences. Furthermore, good English language proficiency is required. 

    Interested? See Admission and Registration

  • Minor registration

    If you wish to follow a minor, you must apply before 31 March. Submit a transcript of records and include information on your prior and current education, with your application.  
    Please note: The number of places for the International Minors Medicine is limited. Applying for a minor does not mean that you are guaranteed placement. The places are therefore allocated with priority. 

    Information for VU students

    Information for other students

    Are you an exchange student or Semester in Amsterdam student? The International Office is responsible for course approval and registration. Please contact either the Incoming Exchange Team or Semester in Amsterdam Team for details:

  • Information about the program

    The International minors medicine is programmed in the first semester of the bachelors thrid year.
    The information sessions are organized in the second year of the medicine program:

    • In October there will be general information about the place of the minor in the degree programme and the possibilities for its implementation;
    • In November there will be information about the possibilities for taking a minor at a foreign university;
    • At the beginning of December there will be an information market about the faculty minors. All minors present themselves during this information session. You can obtain substantive information about the various minors at the various stands on the information market.

    Global Health Indonesia and Comprehensive Care and Anatomy are only accesible to Bachelor’s students of Faculty of Medicine.

    If you are an exchange student and you want to take part in Comprehensive Care and Anatomy, an exception can be made if you meet all the requirements. This differs per exchange student and will be considered individually after your application.

    For more information about the program or general questions:
    - VU students can send an email to bachelor.info@vumc.nl
    - Students (Foreign) from partner institutions can send an email to international@vumc.nl

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    When is the minor period at the Faculty of Medicine?
    The minor program is offered from September to December (24 ECTS). You have the option to complete  your minor with a literature essay in January (6 ECTS) to make it 30 ECTS. 

    What conditions do I have to meet to be eligible to take a minor?
    The international minors medicine is accesible for medical bachelor students, studying at VU Amsterdam and  students (foreign) from VU partner institutions and Amsterdam UMC. 

    Exchange students who wish to apply for one of these minors need to have completed at least 90 EC in a relevant program like for example: medicine, biomedicinal sciences, psychobiology, technical medicine, or biopharmaceutical sciences, health sciences. In addition, it is essential that you have a good command of the English language.
    Please mind that some selected minors are only open to VU medical students. 

    Am I allowed to take two minors, simultaneously at the Faculty of Medicine?
    Unfortunately, you cannot take two minors simultaneously at the Faculty of Medicine. All minors are taught in the same period. You can choose to take a minor at a different faculties, click here for overview minors.  
    Attention: In order to include a second minor in your program, you will need approval from your
    program’s Board of Examiners. 

    Can I choose or switch to another minor? 
    If you would like to change minors, you need to do this before the application deadline 31 March
    Making changes after approval is not possible.  

    When and how you will be notified of the timetable for your minor?
    At the Faculty of Medicine VU, the schedules will be announced late July or at the beginning of August.
    You can find the schedule of your minor at rooster.vu.nl  

    I cannot register (course) in VUweb. What do I have to do?
    You cannot register for the minor courses yourself. The Faculty of Medicine education office carries out registration. 

    Where can I find more minor course information
    When you are registered for a course, you are automatically registered for the corresponding module on CANVAS where more information will be posted.  

    For how many credits (ECTS) may I register?
    A minor is 24 ECTS (September- December). You can complete your minor with a literature essay in January (bachelor thesis) (6 ECTS) to make it 30 ECTS.