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Incoming exchange students Medicine

Last updated on 5 December 2022
Amsterdam UMC, Location VUmc has a strong international profile both in research and education which is reflected in its strong citation scores.

Ever wondered how and why diseases develop? How medicine works or how novel drugs are discovered? What the underlying mechanisms are? Then join one of our international research master programmes or join the exchange semester of Faculty of Medicine VU in which we will address all these questions.

More information about studying at the Faculty of Medicine VU

  • Non-Degree / Exchange programme

    The international minors in medicine are scheduled in the first semester of the third year of the Bachelors Programme in Medicine (September till December /January). The programme offers a number of different minors every year.

    The minor electives programme is open to students of the Bachelors Programme in Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine VU, students from other faculties, and to foreign Exchange and Semester in Amsterdam students.

    For information about the exchange possibilities in the minor (elective semester) for students from partner universities please consider VU Amsterdam website.

    For questions more related to the content of the international minor medicine program and questions during your stay you may also contact the International Office at the Faculty of Medicine VU 

    Clinical Electives (Internships) placement at Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc

    On a regular basis we receive enquiries regarding clinical (elective) placements at Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc. Our curriculum was recently reconstructed. Unfortunately the new curriculum structure provides no opportunity for the departments to accept foreign students for clinical placements over the coming period (due to the fact that we have to use all available spots to be able to accommodate our own students).

  • Degree programmes

    Master Oncology

    The master programme in Oncology trains (bio) medically oriented bachelors and related bachelors in life sciences to become independent researchers with a depth knowledge in the field of Oncology. You will be trained in state-of-the-art techniques in cancer research and therapy in a challenging environment by experts in the field.

    For more information about the program please visit the website 

    Master Personalized Medicine   

    The Master Personalized Medicine educates you to become a research scientist. The programme aims to train (bio)-medically oriented bachelors and related bachelors in Life Sciences to become independent researchers with in-depth knowledge on different aspects of clinical and translational research, imaging and personalized medicine.

    For more information about the program please visit the website

    Zigma graduate entry programme in medicine at VU Amsterdam

    Zigma is our four year graduate entry programme in medicine with focus on research. The Faculty of Medicine VU established this programme in 2012 in order to train a small group of talented students to become doctors with a strong research profile. When you enter the programme you will start with a pre-master year to acquire medical knowledge and skills, followed by three years of the master’s programme of Medicine with an extended research internship and clinical rotations. 

    Experience VU as a research university

    In the programme you will be offered workshops, courses and will receive training in a variety of research skills since these are characteristic for Zigma. Are you eager to perform research and perhaps also to obtain your PhD-degree? Zigma encourages you to start your PhD research during your Master’s program.

    Everybody with a keen interest in medicine as well as in medical scientific research is more than welcome to apply. You will be admitted to participate in our selection procedure if you have obtained a university degree less than five years ago, and have not studied medicine before, and finished a bachelor, or if applicable a master, with a university degree in biomedical sciences, life sciences or liberal arts and sciences (with premed track).  

     Please note that the graduate entry program in medicine is offered in Dutch only. 

    Our alumni find a job easily and are successfully working as junior doctors, PhD candidates or residents.

    If you have any questions about the graduate entry program, please contact us through the following email address:

    Please note that our website in Dutch offers information on e.g. the application, selection procedure and program.

    Master Epidemiology

    The master programme in Epidemiology is a 2,5 years, part-time programme of 60 EC.
    The theoretical part (30 EC) consists of seven compulsory courses and three optional courses. The programme also includes a scientific internship (30 EC). The Master’s programme trains postgraduates from a range of disciplines (Medicine, Health Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences etc.). It focuses on applied research in primary care and public health.

    For more information about the programme please visit the Epidemiology website

  • Contact

    The International Office at the Faculty of Medicine VU manages international programmes for medical students and offers assistance to international students visiting the Faculty of Medicine VU. 

    International Office Faculty of Medicine VU:

    • Ms. M. (Mariëtte) Diderich, MA, Head International Office
    • Ms. C. (Chrissie) van Amsterdam
    • Ms. I.W. (Ruwani) Polwatte Gedera  Polwatte Gedera
    • Ms. J.M. (Jayne) Yard

    Note: We mainly work from home and therefore it is not possible to meet us in person at the moment. Appointments take place online via (Zoom).
    General enquiries:

    The Faculty of Medicine VU has two study advisors who can assist students with study-related and personal matters. You can contact them by emailing:

    The International Office VU is part of Student & Educational Affairs and assists in students’ and employees’ international mobility.

    For more information, please visit the website International Office at VU University

  • Application and admission

    For questions about application and admission to the masters in Oncology and Personalized Medicine you may contact the international student advisors at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

    For information related to the content of the programmes you may also contact the coordinator at
    Cardiovascular Research:


Do you have any questions? Please contact the Student Service Centre of the Faculty of Medicine.

Call +31 (0)20 44 48010 (Mon – Fri: 10:00 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 16:30)

Programme related questions

Send an email for question related to:
- Bachelor/Minors:
- Master:
- Oncology:
- Personalized Medicine:
- International Office (BIS):