Application Process & Requirements

Submit your application through our online application form. Our application deadline is 1 November.

In the online application form you will be asked to provide a short motivation for the course and we ask for the following document (no larger than 1 MB per document): 

  • Curriculum Vitae/Résumé (in English)
    The documents will be shared with the professors before the start of the course.
In case you apply using the student price, we would like to ask you to apply with your university emailaddress.

If you have any questions regarding the procedure or anything else, please contact us via [email protected]. Your admission will be definite once we have reviewed your application on the basis of the entry requirements, availability in the courses, and once we have received your payment. Your place in the VU Graduate Winter School will not be guaranteed until we have received your payment. 

Before applying make sure to read the General Terms and Conditions.

Courses are taught at Master and PhD level, and are suitable for students as well as for staff and professionals. The following entry requirements are set:

  • Master: at least enrolled in the 1st year of Master studies - professionals need to have a Bachelor diploma
  • PhD: at least enrolled in 1st year of PhD studies 

Individual courses may have their own entry requirements, please check the course descriptions

*If on the basis of the provided documents doubts remain about the academic level of the student, the VU Graduate Winter School reserves the right to ask for additional documents and/or a telephone/Skype interview.

It is not necessary to provide us with proof of your English. We do expect your English to be sufficient to understand classes and course literature. This means you should have at least a B2 level of English, as developed within the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR). This is comparable to a Toefl internet test with a score of 92, or an IELTS score of 6.5.

If you have been accepted to VU Graduate Winter School and have paid the tuition fee, but due to unforeseen circumstances need to cancel, the following refunds will be given:

  • Cancellation before 1 December: 50% of total fee will be refunded
  • Cancellation after 1 December: no refund will be given