VU Amsterdam considers it important that you have a good command of the language of your study programme. That is why all first-year Bachelor students are required to take either a Dutch or an English language proficiency test at the start of their studies. The test you are required to take depends on whether your Bachelor’s programme is taught in Dutch or in English. The language proficiency test takes place in September.
For the language proficiency test, the following applies:
- You do not have to register for the test.
- You take either the Dutch or the English language proficiency test. Your study programme determines which test you have to take.
- Check your timetable of your programme to find out when your test is scheduled. You will take the test online from home.
- In case you miss the language proficiency test, there will be an opportunity for a resit.
- If you do not pass the test you will have to follow the refresher course via Taalloket.
- Students enrolled in two study programmes simultaneously (provided in the same language) take the test once. Except when you are enrolled in both a Dutch and an English study programme; then you are required to take both language tests.
- Do you have dyslexia, a disability of a chronic illness? Then you can get extra time or an adapted workplace.
- Only in case you have previously taken and passed the language proficiency test offered by VU Amsterdam, you can apply for an exemption until September 1 by clicking the blue button on this page. Medicine students can request an exemption via this page. You will receive confirmation of an exemption in the course of September/October (i.e. after the language proficiency test has taken place).
- If you have already taken and passed a Dutch language proficiency test at VU Amsterdam and enrolled in an English programme, you still need to sit the English language proficiency test.
- Please refer to the website of Taalloket for more information.