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Information about secondary subjects

Last updated on 15 February 2022

How do I apply?

If you are enrolled at another Dutch educational institution, you can take secondary subjects at VU Amsterdam, by registering as a secondary subject student. After applying through the page Register, you must finish your application at VU Amsterdam before it can be taken into consideration and enrollment is possible. For a complete registration, follow the steps below, 1 to 4.

Note: In order to give you access to education, it is important you complete your registration at least 6 weeks before the start of the relevant course.

Are you a VU student already and do you want to take subjects from another faculty? You follow a different procedure:

  • First please request permission from your own Examination Board
  • Afterwards you can register for secondary subjects through the registration module on You can find the courses under the tab 'All courses' and should then choose the option 'search in extracurricular'.

Courses offered

In the course overview in the Study guide you can check whether a course is offered as a secondary subject. You can filter by secondary subject and faculty. Before you register for a course, read the course description, which lists any additional entry requirements. It may happen that participation in a course is not possible due to a lack of available places.

Minors offered

Would you like to take a whole minor? Check out our minors.

Entry requirements

If a course has certain entry requirements or if there is room for a limited number of participants, this is mentioned in the Study guide. For a number of courses, the prerequisites are indicated. Check with your university whether you need permission to take your preferred course at VU Amsterdam.
Please note: Master's subjects can only be taken by Master's students.

Course registration and registration deadlines

Is your secondary subject registration complete? Then you can register for the course. For all courses offered at VU Amsterdam there are registration deadlines, please keep this in mind!


For questions about your registration for a secondary subject, please contact the Student Desk. If you have a question about the content of a course/minor, you can contact the coordinator of the course. You will find these details in the Study guide.

Optional courses

  • Step 1: register for secondary subjects

    • Go to the application page and select Registration for secondary subjects. Select the correct academic year.
    • Insert your personal details. After this you will receive an email with your VUnetID login details. 
    • If you have applied to the VU before, you already have a VUnetID. Is your VUnetID no longer active? It will become active again after signing in on the application page. 
    • Please only submit 1 application. If you submit multiple applications, you cannot become enrolled in our system.
  • Step 2: complete your application

    • Go to your personal dashboard on, log in using your VUnetID and select the button Complete application.
    • Complete your registration by going through the form and submitting the entire registration.
    • Upload the required documents, in this case a grade transcript. When uploading your transcript, the following information must be included:
      - your name
      - the name of the institution
      - the program you are enrolled in

      Transcripts that do not meet the requirements will be rejected. This will disable you from completing your secondary course registration. It is therefore advised to obtain a transcript from your student administration. This does not need to be certified.
      Please note: In the case that you would like to register for a master level course, but you do not have a transcript yet to indicate you being a Master's student, you are expected to upload a Bachelor's degree instead of a transcript.
    • Your request will be sent digitally to the faculty after your application has been completed. If you qualify, the faculty will grant you permission to follow the minor. You can check the status of your application in your dashboard. Your enrolment is complete if the status reflected is ‘enrolled/registered’.
  • Step 3: hand in proof of payment (BBC)

    To definitively enroll at VU Amsterdam as a secondary subject student you must hand in proof of payment (known in Dutch as Bewijs Betaald Collegegeld or BBC). If you have already paid tuition fees at another Dutch educational institution, you can request a Bewijs Betaald Collegegeld at that institution, addressed to VU Amsterdam. The other institution will digitally send the BBC to VU Amsterdam. Do this as soon as possible before the registration deadline of your courses, so that you can register for your approved subjects in time.

  • Step 4: register for the approved subjects

    You need to register in time for all courses, internships/projects and (re)examinations. When you register, you indicate which courses you want to take. After approval, the courses will be planned in the registration module, after which you can register for the course per period. You will receive a reminder when a new registration period starts. At you will find all information on registering for courses and exams and an up-to-date overview of the registration and de-registration periods

    You can register for the planned courses yourself via the registration module. There may be exceptions for specific courses. For example: the faculty sometimes allows you to register for a work group. You can always check this in the online Study guide. 

    I cannot find the course
    Are you unable to find certain courses in the registration module? Then try the following:

    • Check whether you have selected the study course ‘Optional course' and the correct study year: at the top of the start screen for registration it shows for which study programme and which year you are viewing the academic plan. Make sure the correct data is selected here.

    You will only find the courses listed as planned courses once they have been approved. If you wish to take an additional course within the academic year for which you are registered, go to your profile to add the desired course. If a previous request for an additional course has not yet been approved, you also have the option to remove the request. 

    Unable to register
    Students taking courses at VU Amsterdam as secondary students cannot add courses in the registration module. Are you having problems registering for courses? Please contact the Student Desk

    Additional forms

  • Extra course within the academic year

    If you wish to follow an additional course within the academic year for which you are registered, go to your personal page for your secondary subjects to add the desired course. If a previous request for an additional course has not yet been approved, you also have the option to remove the request. 

  • Extra course outside the academic year

    If you want to take an extra/optional course in a future academic year, register again through the application web page and go through the application process.

  • Checking results

    • Check whether your results are complete and correct.
    • Please send a request for correction to the faculty if any results are incorrect or missing. You can send the request through this form.

    A certified overview of results can be requested through this form.

  • Examination Board

    If there is a serious study delay, it is advisable to discuss this with your academic advisor before submitting a request. They can discuss the options with you and advise you when writing your request. The response time of the Examination Board is 30 working days from the moment your request is received. Please make sure that you receive a confirmation of receipt after you have submitted a request.

    You can submit your request through this form

  • Academic advisor

    For any questions about personal academic student counselling and study advice, please visit the academic advisor. Also consult the academic advisor in case of any problems that affect the course of your studies (personal issues, illness, study-proficiency problems, study completion delay, caring for or worrying about a sick family member).

    Scheduling an appointment

    Students taking courses at VU Amsterdam as secondary students can contact us through the contact form. You are also welcome to visit us during the open office consultation hours to see how we can offer guidance.


Do you have any questions? Please contact the Student Desk.

Call +31 (0)20 59 85020 (Mon – Fri: 10:30 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 16:00)

If you have questions about the tuition fee, Studielink or your personal dashboard on, please contact the Student Desk:

Are you currently a VU student? Ask your question via the question form (log in with your VUnetID)