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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Entry requirements

Bachelor programmes:

  • High school diploma
  • IELTS: 6.5 or TOEFL paper- ·based test: 580 or TOEFL internet-based test: 92
  • International students may be required to complete International Foundation Programme in order to meet entry requirements for a Bachelors degree at the University.

International Foundation Year:

  • Good high school graduation grades or equivalent academic study.
  • IELTS 5.0, overall score, minimum 5.0 in writing, no other sub scores below 4.5. 

Master's programmes

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 or TOEFL paper-based test: 580 or TOEFL Internet-based test: 92

* Every degree programme has its own admission rules and requirements. Please check the specific admission rules and requirements on the page of your course.

How to apply

Applications to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam are done completely online. You start the application procedure through the national application system. You will then receive an e-mail inviting you to complete your application in the VU student portal, where you will be asked to submit all documentation needed for the admission procedure. 


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The university is located on a compact urban campus in the southern Buitenveldert neighbourhood of Amsterdam and adjacent to the modern Zuidas business distric, the most dynamic and fastest growing business districts in the Netherlands.