International students who want to apply for the International Master's can apply online by using Studielink.
After your registration with Studielink, you will receive a VUnet log in. With these log in details, you can upload all the required documents in the VUnet portal. If you experience any difficulties using the online application system, please refer to our FAQ section or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who should apply online?
The following prospective students should apply via Studielink:
- All candidates - including Dutch citizens - who, on the basis of a foreign degree, wish to apply for an International Master's. Exceptions:
Please note that Students with Dutch nationality are not eligible for housing.
Registering via Studielink
Studielink is the national online system for application and registration with Dutch universities. Please follow the procedure below in order to register with Studielink.
- Go to Studielink and apply for your Studielink account. You will receive an e-mail with your Studielink login details within minutes. Please also check your spam folder for this e-mail!
- Login to Studielink, enter your personal data, set a personal password, and click "Send my Details".
- Follow the link "To my personal page", where you click "New Enrolment Application".
- Select the correct academic year, select "University" and choose the relevant course category.
- With "Search further by", pick "name of institution".
- In the next screen, choose "Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam" (official Dutch name of VU University Amsterdam), and select your programme.
- Complete the next steps and click "Send my enrolment application".
Since you have a non-Dutch nationality and/or a non-Dutch diploma, Studielink will send you a message saying that you need to send documents to enable us to verify your educational prerequisites and/or your personal details. Wait for our e-mail with login details to our portal. If you do not receive it, be sure to check your spam folder. The mail is bilingual, with the first part in Dutch. Scroll down for the English version.
VU University Amsterdam makes use of its own VU Portal (http://vunet.vu.nl), which is linked to Studielink and allows you to upload digital copies of all the documents containing the information we need to decide whether or not you are admissible. After you have applied for one of our programmes in Studielink, the university will retrieve your application details from Studielink and prepare your VU Portal account and e-mail you the login details. Please note that this may take a couple of days. As soon as we have prepared your OAS account, we will send you an e-mail with your VU Portal account details. The e-mail will contain instructions on how to access your account and complete your application. After completing your application in the VU Portal please submit your application. You will then receive an e-mail from our Admission support team soon!
Required documents (to be uploaded in VU Portal)
Your application will only be processed if we have received the application processing fee of €100 and all required documents. The application fee is refundable if you actually come to study at VU University Amsterdam. For more information see Application fee procedure.
More information about the Bachelor's programme International Business Administration can be found on the web site of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.
As a rule, you need to submit the following documents (all documents must be provided in English): Please note that it is always possible to apply online, even if your English test results or your Bachelor's degree are not yet available.
- Copy of your valid passport
Please make a clearly legible copy of the page(s) in your passport that contain(s) your personal data. A copy of a passport that is no longer valid will not be accepted.
- Curriculum Vitae
The curriculum vitae should include your personal details and list your previous education and relevant work experience.
- 2 Letters of recommendation
These letters should be written by members of the academic staff at the educational institute where you studied (or are studying) for your Bachelor's or secondary education.
- Letter of Motivation
Please supply a letter (1-2 pages in length) stating your reasons for applying to the programme.
- Students applying for a MA, MSc or LL.M programme are also required to submit a copy of their original Bachelor's degree or certificate.
- Students applying for a Bachelor programme, please submit a copy of your secondary school diploma. If you don't have an official proof of a diploma yet, please send a list of your current courses and the courses that you will follow before graduating.
- If you have yet to obtain your degree or diploma, you can ask the registrar of your university/secondary school to provide an official statement to the effect that you are most likely to graduate before 1 September 2012.
- Transcript of records
- Students applying for a MA, MSc, or LL.M programme are required to submit a transcript of the marks they obtained during their Bachelor's programme.
- Students applying for a BSc programme, should submit a transcript of the marks obtained during your secondary education.
- If you have not graduated yet, please send us an official transcript listing the marks you have received to date.
A Bachelor's or Master's thesis (written in English). If you have not yet finished your thesis, an essay/paper as a proof of academic writing or an abstract of your thesis (3-5 pages), including bibliography. We will check your sample for plagiarism as one of the first steps of the evaluation procedure.
- A description of the courses you have taken during your previous higher education
Please upload a course description (written in English). You can either copy this from the study guide or type 5-10 sentences for each course yourself.
- A list of all the main literature used during your previous higher education
Please upload a literature list. Name the relevant academic textbooks that were used during the courses of your previous education.
- English language test
VU University Amsterdam requires all applicants who have not completed their education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia or who have not obtained an International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate diploma to take an English language test and to submit their score as part of their application. Please register for a recognized English language test e.g. IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge Certificates CPE (with result A, B, or C) and CAE (with result A or B) as soon as possible. The websites www.ielts.org and www.toefl.org provide information on the test centers and examination dates. For TOEFL or IELTS, the Test Institute will have to forward the results directly to our office. The institutional TOEFL code of VU is 7947. Please see below for the minimum test scores and validity requirements. Certified copies of language test results must be sent by post. You will receive details of the address to send them to once you have submitted your application via the online system.
- If you already live in the Netherlands, a copy (front and reverse side) of your valid residence permit (if available). If your residence permit is no longer valid, please submit a copy of the expired card and an official statement from the immigration authorities (IND) acknowledging that you have applied for an extension.
Nuffic Certificate for Chinese students
Chinese students who wish to enrol in an English-taught programme at a Dutch higher education institution are required to apply for a Nuffic Certificate (which was known as a Neso Certificate until 1 June 2010). Nuffic sends this certificate directly to the relevant Dutch higher education institution once it has been issued.
Language proficiency requirements
VU University Amsterdam requires all applicants to take an English test and to submit their score as a part of the application. Exceptions are made for students who have completed their education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia.
Students who have obtained the English taught International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate diploma are also exempted for an English language exam. However, applicants with IB or EB who need an entry-visa to enter the Netherlands are obliged to have a sufficient score on an acknowledged English language test (in view of the Code of Conduct for Higher Educational Institutes).
The minimum English language proficiency requirements for admission to a Master's programme at VU University Amsterdam are:
- IELTS: 6.5 - please note that candidates must take the Academic test and not the General one!
- TOEFL paper-based test: 580
- TOEFL computer-based test: 237
- TOEFL Internet-based test: 92-93
- Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): A & B
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A, B, C
Some programmes have higher language proficiency requirements. Please see the webpage of your programme for exact language proficiency requirements.
For TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge Certificates, the test must have been completed no more than two years before 1 September of the year in which your course starts.
For TOEFL and IELTS, the Test Institute will have to forward the results directly to our office. The institutional TOEFL code of VU is 7947.
Please note that students who need visa must submit their English test results before June 1. Students who don't need visa must submit their test results before August 30. Be aware of the fact that it can take a long time before you get the results of the English tests! Make your test in time.
There is no specific place to upload your English language test in the VU Portal. After finishing uploading the other documents in the VU portal you will get information on how to submit the English language test.
The purpose of the application procedure is to determine whether your qualifications grant you admission to the programme of your choice. If this is the case, you will receive a formal statement of admission after being notified by e-mail about your admission status.
Receipt of the application
- The VU University Amsterdam admissions support team will screen your application for completeness of the information provided, the documents enclosed and receipt of the application fee.
- You will receive an e-mail stating whether your application is complete or incomplete. If it is complete, it can be assessed for admission. If it is incomplete, it cannot (yet) be processed.
- The e-mail will also tell you which member of the team of the VU admissions-support team has been assigned to your application and will act as your contact person.
Decision on admission
- Your application will be reviewed by the relevant faculty. The final decision on admission is made by the Examination Board of the Master's programme within 6 weeks.
- A formal statement regarding admission will be sent to you by e-mail and/or by post. The statement will specify whether you have been admitted unconditionally, admitted subject to certain conditions or not admitted.
- If you are admitted or conditionally admitted, you will receive an Acceptance of Admission offer, or a so called offer letter.
Services and support
After admission, the admissions team will send you an offer letter by e-mail. This letter informs you about practical services offered to international students such as housing and visa. To confirm your participation the offer letter needs to be signed and returned to the admissions team within 2 weeks.