On campus if we can. Online because we can.

The corona measures have a huge impact on higher education, but we are certain of one thing: if you study at VU Amsterdam, you can expect high-quality education. On campus if we can. But also: online because we can.

You are welcome
Studying at VU Amsterdam is not only about education. It's also about meeting each other on campus and studying together for exams in the University Library. Although the corona crisis is turning everything upside down, our education will continue.

Hybrid education at VU Amsterdam
During the corona crisis, teaching will be offered in hybrid form: online and where it is possible and permitted, on campus. 

  • All lectures will be taught online
  • All exams will take place remotely
  • All other educational activities; mostly online, but on campus when possible

By making our education available in a hybrid form, we create scope for (location based) on-campus educational activities and meetings. Face-to-face contact between individual students and with teaching staff is crucial to personal and academic development, because studying is a joint effort.

If you are enrolled in a course taught on campus but you are not able to come to the university, various online alternatives are available to you. This will unfortunately not be possible for location based education, such as practicals.  

Education on campus and online learning
To ensure high-quality online education, we will continue to invest in good educational support for lecturers. However, online education will never replace physical education at VU Amsterdam. Personal contact between students and with teachers is extremely important to us, because studying is done together.

We’re working towards an ideal combination of education on campus and online learning. This will make studying at VU Amsterdam more varied, fun and flexible in the future! 

Curious to see how our student Rodrigo is experiencing online education? Have a look at the video below. 

Master's student Rodrigo on online education


VU Amsterdam Summer School already moved online and offers online small-scale courses at Bachelor's and Master's level in July 2020.
What can you expect from the online summer school?

-      two week course(s) to achieve your goals, learn a new skill or specialize in a specific field;
-      exclusive content for a limited number of students;
-      3 ECTS (European study credits) and a certificate;
-      individual/group guidance from professor;
-      interactive classes;
-      possibilities to expand your international network;
-      full support from the summer school team;
-      optional online social activity.

So, would you like to develop a new skill or are you are worried about summer learning loss? Join us and apply now!


PhD activities are taking place and currently proceeding as planned. Many courses are accessible online and we organise a number of career relevant, time management, communication and negotiation online coaching and training events. For current and prospective PhD candidates please contact relevant graduate schools or phd@vu.nl directly.

Faculty of Dentistry (ACTA)
    ACTA PhD Graduate School
Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences
    Graduate School FGB
    Amsterdam Movement Sciences
School of Business and Economics  
    Amsterdam Business Research Institute (ABRI)
    Tinbergen Institute
Faculty of Humanities
    Graduate School of Humanities
Faculty of Law  
    Graduate School Rechtsgeleerdheid
Faculty of Religion and Theology  
    FRT Graduate School
Faculty of Science 
    Science PhD Programme (general)
 Faculty of Social Sciences  
    FSW Graduate School
VUmc School of Medical Sciences
    Amsterdam UMC PhD Portal

Are you curious to see how our PhD candidate Metta experiences our online education? Then have a look below.

Metta on online education

Virtual Campus Tour

Please visit our Virtual Campus Tour to experience our campus and the life of an international student at VU Amsterdam.

More information

We are happy to help you with any questions you might have.

Do you have questions about your application or admission requirements?
You can contact your International Student Advisor via e-mail or telephone. See here the ISAs for our Bachelor’s programmes, and here for our Master’s programmes.

COVID-19 crisis in the Netherlands
For the latest updates regarding the COVID-19 crisis in the Netherlands click here

Do you have any other questions?
Call us on +31 20 5985000, on working days from 10:00 AM till 04:00 PM (CET)
Or send a Whatsapp message to +31682548367

Chat with international students
We have an enthusiastic group of students from all kinds of countries and programmes, who are happy to answer any questions you might have. See here.

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