Frequently asked questions from international students

Below you'll find answers to frequently asked questions from international students.


What is the definition of an “international student”
All students who have followed their previous education outside the Netherlands are considered to be international students. This includes Dutch students who have obtained their bachelor’s degree outside the Netherlands. It does not include students with a foreign nationality who did a bachelor’s degree programme in the Netherlands.

Dutch students with a Dutch bachelor click here.

How do I apply for a Master’s programme?
International students should apply for Master’s programmes through the online application system at www.vu.nl/en.

Is it possible to apply when I have not yet obtained my Bachelor’s degree? 

You should submit a copy of your most recent transcript of grades and a declaration from your present university that you are expected to graduate before the start of the master programme. Please also submit a list of courses you are still following or going to follow before your graduation. If you are admitted to the master, you will be admitted conditionally, with the condition that you have to submit certified copies of your degree and final transcript of records before the start of the programme. You will only be admitted unconditionally when all conditions have been met.

Is it possible to apply when I have not yet obtained my English language test result?
It is possible to apply if you have not yet passed an English language test. You should indicate in the online system when you are planning to take the test, and send us the test result as soon as you can. If you are admitted to the (pre)master, you will be admitted conditionally, with the condition that you have to submit an English language test result with sufficient result before the start of the programme. You will only be admitted unconditionally when all conditions have been met.

What criteria does the examination board use to decide on my admissibility to a master?
Once your application file is complete the board of examiners will decide if you will be admitted to the master’s programme. The Examination Board evaluates each application on the basis of individual achievement. To gain admission, you must hold a BA or BSc honours degree or equivalent in the field of the master's programme or in a related discipline. You must have had Social Sciences research methodology.

I have received my admission letter, what happens next?
If you have been admitted (un)conditionally to a Master’s programme, you will receive an offer letter. This offer letter contains information concerning application procedures for accommodation and visa, and how to confirm your participation in the programme. It explains exactly which steps you have to take next. It may take up to three months (if you apply several months before the official deadline) before you receive the offer letter after your acceptance to the programme.

Is it possible to study for a Master course part time?

No. All Master's programmes are full-time only.

Is your question not on this FAQ?
Send an e-mail to admissionsfss@vu.nl. Our Admission Officers will answer your questions.

Dutch students can contact us at studiekeuze.fsw@vu.nl.