Prospective Premaster's Students

Prospective Premaster's Students

Welcome to the Faculty of Humanities at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam!

On this page you will find all the information you need to know to be well-prepared to start your studies. If you still have any questions, please contact us at (Dutch diploma applicants) or (international diploma applicants).

We look forward to seeing you and wish you a lot of fun and good luck with your study programme!

General information

We can imagine that you have a lot of questions about what studying at the VU looks like during this corona crisis. For the most up-to-date information and answers to frequently asked questions about the coronavirus and VU University Amsterdam, please visit If your question isn't answered here, you can contact the Student Desk

International students can find the most frequently asked questions on There is also a FAQ webpage. In case your question is not answered there:

Education first semester
During the corona crisis, you can continue to expect high-quality education from VU Amsterdam that you can fully participate in. Teaching will be offered in hybrid form: online and where it is possible and permitted, on campus. The purpose of hybrid education is to take advantage of the best features of both face-to-face and online learning. Even if education on campus is gradually getting started and you are not yet able to come to VU Amsterdam, alternative online opportunities are offered. We advise you to keep an eye on the information provided by your programme.

Track the status of your application in VUnet
Make sure that you have completed your registration for your programme by 31 August at the latest. See your status overview on VUnet for any requirements you still need to meet to complete your registration.

Your registration is only complete once you see the indication ‘registered’ in the ‘my programmes’ field in Studielink. If you change anything in relation to your application or registration in Studielink or VUnet, it will be shown the next day in your status overview.

Once your registration is complete, you will receive a Proof of Registration document within two to four weeks.

Where will you find the status of your registration?

  1. Log in to VUnet.
  2. Under ‘Complete Application’, go to the relevant programme.
  3. Under ‘Status’, click on ‘Check status’.
  4. For each requirement, you can see if you still need to take any action.

Dutch students can find more information on the page Premaster: doorstromen na het hbo. International students, please see the page Admission.

Do you have questions about the registration process? Please contact the Student Desk or, if you applied with an international diploma, the International Student Advisor (International Office).

Additional information for international students:
Not yet admitted at VU Amsterdam ?
If you are still waiting for admission, you are advised to not yet arrange payment. Please wait until you have received a letter of admission.

How can you pay?
If you are a student from a SEPA* country:
You will be able to select the digital authorization option in order to arrange a spread payment option (in 5 instalments), in which case the first payment will be collected from your account around 25 September. Alternatively, you can pay the whole amount in a lump sum.

If you are a student from a non-SEPA country:
You can fill out your country details to stop Studielink from sending out the messages. Studielink will notify you that you cannot arrange payment directly via Studielink. You can either wait until you have opened a Dutch bank account in August, or arrange an international bank transfer.

All payment details can be found on Tuition Fees.

Do you still have questions about tuition fee payments? Please contact the Student Desk.

* Single Euro Payments Area

Student Desk
Many answers to questions about your degree programme can be found on VUnet. For questions about registration for courses, enrolment, tuition fees, student cards, transcripts, etc. you can contact the Student Desk.
Location: Main Building (HG), central hall, VU campus

International Service Desk
The International Service Desk (ISD) deals with general questions of international students.
Location: Main Building (HG), central hall, VU campus

Academic advisors
You can contact your academic advisor for any questions or advice regarding personal circumstances that are interfering in your studies, a delay in your study progress, or study skills or choices within your degree programme. 

You can find more information about Academic Advisors on VUnet. Please use the contact form for your question and if you wish to discuss matters by telephone, please indicate so.

Studying with a disability
If you suffer from a disability, a chronic illness, dyslexia, or a mental disability, this does not mean that you will be unable to successfully complete your studies. If you need help with your studies because of your disability, there are a number of people you can turn to. Firstly, you can contact an Academic Advisor.

The Student Counsellors at VU Amsterdam can advise you on matters such as financial support in the event of a delay in your study progress. If you have problems such as performance anxiety or study stress, or if you are experiencing problems that are interfering in your studies or preventing you from completing your degree, then you can get in touch with one of the Student Psychological Counsellors at VU Amsterdam. You can find more information on Studying with a disability on VUnet.

Premaster’s students of the Faculty of Humanities do not need to register for courses themselves (the education office will take care of this). You will be registered in August for courses in the first semester and registered around December for the courses in the second semester. Once you are registered for a course, you automatically are registered for the first exam opportunity for that course.

If you need to take a written resit, you must register for this separately. You can take care of the registration up to 14 days prior to the resit via VUnet.

Finish your studies in 1 year
As a premaster student, your programme must be successfully completed before 1 September. Is this not the case? In that situation, you will not be able to continue your studies: you will not be able to move on to the master's programme, nor will you be able to choose to repeat the programme.

Dutch Grading System  
International students may find that the Dutch grading system is different from their own. To help set your expectations of the Dutch system, here you'll find a short explanation.

VUnet-ID and VUnet
The VUnet-ID is your username and password that gives you access to all kinds of digital services such as VUnet and Canvas.

VUnet will be an important source of information during your studies at the university. Through this portal you will find all relevant information such as your e-mail, your personal schedule, exam grades, important announcements and a link to the study guide. The VUnet homepage provides news from the university and the world of academia.

Log in using your VUnet-ID, which you should already have received. If you have lost your VUnet-ID, please contact the Student Desk. Keep your university registration card or other form of identification for identification purposes ready.

VU Amsterdam e-mail
Each student is assigned a personal VU Amsterdam e-mail address, with the following format: You can read and send e-mails by logging in to VUnet with your VUnet-ID. The university uses this e-mail address exclusively when corresponding with you about your studies. It is essential that you check your inbox regularly to ensure that you do not miss any important information about your degree programme. If you would like to avoid having to log in to check your e-mails, you can have your VU Amsterdam e-mail automatically forwarded to your personal e-mail address.

Canvas is the digital learning environment of VU Amsterdam. Each course also has a course in Canvas, to which you automatically have access when you have signed up for the course. Because of the corona crisis a large part of the education takes place online, via Canvas.On Canvas you will find the course's study manual and examples of exam questions, the teacher will keep you informed about your progress and you will sometimes have to submit assignments via Canvas. Also, after a lecture, teachers often put the lecture sheets on Canvas, so that you can study them again at home.

Study guide and timetable
In the online study guide you will find information about the content of your courses, method of assessment and which literature you need. Here you will also find the Teaching and Examination Regulations of your study programme. The timetable of your study programme can be found at

Useful app 
On the VU Student app you'll find a link to the timetable, the study guide, your VU email and all sorts of other handy shortcuts. Download the app for iPhone or Android.

In the course descriptions in the Study Guide you will find the literature you need for the first courses of the year. You will receive more information about the other literature you need during the first lecture and in Canvas. You can buy all the literature you need online at the VU Bookstore.

Your future starts today!

Studying is about so much more than studying for your passion, living on your own or getting ready for a specific job or industry field. It is also about getting to know yourself, trying to figure out what you want and what you are good at. The faculty of Humanities supports you in your preparation for your next career step. The Career Services team provides career workshops, individual coaching, meetups with organizations and a vacancy board to find your internship or job.

Our workshops cover all important topics to help you get started in your career:

  • Explore the career or job you’d love to have
  • Gain an understanding of the job application process
  • Find out how to be successful in a competitive job market
  • Get better at presenting yourself – live or on paper/digitally
  • Develop your interview skills
  • And many more.

We also organize career meetups with industry experts to introduce you to specialist topics, such as Mental vitality, Coding, Personal branding or Starting your career in the Netherlands.

Personal career consulting and coaching
Do you prefer an individual session? Schedule an appointment with one of the career coaches for career counseling. You can ask questions like “What am I good at?”, “What job is right for me?” “What will my next step be?”. We also provide feedback on your LinkedIn profile or motivation letter, give internship advice and offer mock interviews. This could give you just that little extra for a successful application. For a quick CV review, you can visit the weekly CV Consultation hour.

Online career platform
The Humanities Career Platform is the place where you can find all career-related information and activities. It lets you discover internship and job opportunities, find useful career information and register for workshops, events and individual coaching.

Getting started
Grasp this opportunity to make a smooth transition from student to professional. Develop your professional identity, confidence, strengths and network while studying.

Visit the Humanities Career Platform and start benefiting from Career Services.

How to contact us
Telephone: 020- 5983067

In addition to your studies, you can become a member of a study association or enjoy the cultural, sporting and social activities offered by VU Amsterdam. More information can be found on the page Extracurricular activities.

Your opinion matters
Would you like to have a say in matters relating to education? Then joining a committee is something for you. More information can be found on the page Student Council.

Arrival days for international students
VU International Office will arrange several online activities in order to help you become acquainted with the city of Amsterdam and the university campus, to get to know your fellow students and, of course, to have fun! This Introduction will take place from 24 August to 26 August 2020. More information will be published on the introduction webpage.

Introduction all students 
On Thursday 27 August from 14:30 GMT, your study programme will organize an online introduction. You will hear all about your study and studying at the VU, but you will also get to know your fellow students. It's important to attend this introduction, so keep this afternoon free! It is possible that your studies will also organize introductory meetings at other times. You will be informed about these in good time.

The introduction takes place via Canvas. On the Canvas site of your study programme you will find the exact program of your introduction and other important information about your study programme. You will receive the invitation for the Canvassite of your Study Programme around the 21st of August. Make sure you accept this invitation, so you don't miss anything.

You need a VUnetID to log in. Don't have one yet? Then make sure you complete your application for your study as soon as possible. Many online meetings in Canvas take place via Zoom. If you install Zoom on your computer, you won't miss a thing! More information about Zoom and how to install this program can be found in our manual.