Study at VU Amsterdam

Bachelor's degree programmes

We offer 25 Bachelor's degree programmes for international students.

Master's degree programmes

With around 150 English-taught programmes (including specialisations), we offer a wide choice of study options.

Exchange programmes

Each year, VU Amsterdam welcomes many students from all over the world to Amsterdam.


A variety of scholarship programmes are available for international Master's students.

Preparation programmes for international students

International students who do not meet the direct admission requirements for an undergraduate degree have the option of applying for a preparation programme at the Holland International Study Centre.

Study Abroad during your studies

During your studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you have the opportunity to study abroad. As an exchange student, you will study at a VU partner university for a semester (4 to 6 months). An unforgettable experience during your studies!

Admission and application

Find out about admission requirements, numerus fixus, premasters, and how to apply.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for International Bachelor’s programmes vary for EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA students.

Short programmes

Spend your summer, winter or a semester in Amsterdam, studying a challenging and interdisciplinary topics.

Language support at VU Amsterdam

The range of language courses, workshops and other language support for students and staff at VU Amsterdam is extensive and diverse. Taalcentrum-VU, the Academic Language Programme (ALP) and VU-NT2 offer a whole range of courses, training programmes and workshops for diverse target groups

Why choose VU Amsterdam

VU Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university. We offer a supportive community approach to learning. Our campus is a meeting point for free academic endeavour.

PhD doctoral

For people with a recognised Master's degree, we offer the possibility of earning a doctorate, or the Anglo-Saxon PhD degree.