Prospective Premaster's Students

Welcome to the Faculty of Social Sciences 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 contact@vu.nl.

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


General information

Track the status of your application in VUnet

Make sure that you have completed your registration for your programme by the 31st of 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.

For more information regarding admission as an international student, please go to the page Admission.

‘BSc-before-MSc rule’ on admission to the premaster FSS in academic year 2020-2021

Generally speaking, students must complete their Bachelor’s before starting on their pre-Master’s programme. This is known as the ‘BSc-before-MSc rule’. Due to the corona crisis, however, some students have had to partially stop their studies, resulting in an unfortunate delay.

Master’s programmes at VU Amsterdam have examined how an exception to the rule can be made possible, so that students do not get stuck in the transition from Bachelor’s to Master’s because of the corona crisis. This is a one-off measure. If you wish to start a premaster’s program, and you are coming from a three- or four-year bachelor's program, you are only allowed to start if you still need to obtain a maximum of 18 ECTS of your bachelor's program.

Questions?

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 the 25th of September. Alternatively, you can pay the entire amount in a single sum.

If you are a student from a SEPA country with a VUFP scholarship:

You can select the digital authorization option and fill out your bank details to stop the messages from being sent. You will need to confirm the digital authorization form in the to-do list in the next step, in order to allow that payments will be taken out of your bank account.

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 your 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. 

E-mail: studentdesk@vu.nl

Location: Main Building (HG), central hall, VU campus

International Service Desk

The International Service Desk (ISD) deals with general questions of international students. 

E-mail: international@vu.nl

Location: Main Building (HG), central hall, VU campus

Coordinators and Academic Advisors

Each Premaster’s programme has a coordinator. You can approach him or her with any questions you may have regarding your programme.

You can contact your academic advisor for any questions or advice regarding personal circumstances that are interfering with your studies, a delay in your study progress, or regarding study skills or choices within your degree programme. There is a (online) walk-in session for shorter questions. If you have a question that needs more time, you can also make an appointment. You can find more information about Academic Advisors, and how you can contact them, on VUnet.

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. The first step would be to go see an Academic Advisor.

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.

For program-specific questions, please contact the premaster coordinator (see the information below on your specific degree program for contact details).

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 also provides news from the university and the world of academia. 

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

VU Amsterdam e-mail

Each student is assigned a personal VU Amsterdam e-mail address, with the following format: initials.lastname@student.vu.nl. 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

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. On Canvas you will find the course's study manual, 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 to read. Here you will also find the Teaching and Examination Regulations of your study programme. The timetable of your study programme can be found at rooster.vu.nl.

You can register for courses in period 1 starting on 20 July up to the first week of the teaching period (no later than 7 September). Please note: for the remaining periods, registration closes four weeks prior to the start of each teaching period.

You can plan your courses by adding them to your schedule in the registration module in VUnet even before the course is open for registration. Please note: planning is not the same as registering! If you have planned courses, you must still register for them, the related teaching activities, and exams. Registration is not automatic. Further information about Registration for Courses and Exams is available on VUnet.

Resit

Once you register for a course, you are also automatically registered for the first exam opportunity for that course. If you however need to take a resit, (also for an assignment, paper etc) the Education Office will register you in case you did not pass the exam (NVD, fail). If you have other reasons to take the resit, eg. in case of a ‘no show’ (NS), you must register for this separately as this will not arranged automatically. You can take care of the registration up to 14 days prior to the resit.

Tip!

Set the deadlines in your calendar or as a reminder in your phone so that you are on time. If you don't sign up in time for courses and exams, you won't be able to participate!

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.

Your opinion matters

Would you like to have a say in matters relating to education? Join the Faculty Student Council. The Faculty Student Council (FSC) is the highest student consultation committee in the Faculty of Social Sciences. The FSC is a crucial link between students and the Faculty Board and is tasked with guarding the interests of fellow students. Through the FSC, students can be involved with the decision-making process within the faculty. The FSC consists of seven members responsible for representing their fellow students in the Faculty of Social Sciences for the full academic year. They do this by taking part in meetings of the Faculty Board, as well as by participating in various committees.

On Friday afternoon 28t August we will organize a Faculty Introduction Day. Due to all Corona measures, the introduction program will be online this year. We however still have some interesting activities planned for you! During this day you will find out what it means to be a student at the VU, you’ll have the opportunity to watch some impressive documentaries and follow online mini-lectures. Besides all of that, you also have the opportunity to get to know your fellow students and lecturers. Further down this page, you will find the schedule your introduction programme when you click on the degree programme you have registered for.

Programme specific information

Completion within 1 year

As a pre-Master's student, you must have successfully completed the programme before 1 September 2021. If you are not able to achieve this, you cannot continue with your studies. As you will not be admitted to start the Master's program, nor you can retake the pre-master's programme.

International Students: when in Amsterdam?

The corona measures have a huge impact on higher education, but we are certain of one thing: if you start your degree programme in September, you can expect high-quality education from us. On campus if we can. But also: online because we can. Therefore our advice would be to come to Amsterdam in August if your situation allows you to. Read more on this topic here.

Introduction and first lecture 

On Friday 28 August we organize an introduction for you and your fellow students. This programme takes place in the afternoon, online via our learning platform Canvas. We publish the programme and the link to the specific Canvas page here at least a week in advance. You will need your VUnet ID and password to log in. It is important to be present at this introduction, so please keep an eye on this page. 

During the introduction you will receive important information about your degree programme and you will meet fellow students and teachers in an online classroom. We will also publish videos on the Canvas page, that you can already watch in the week before the introduction takes place. We aim to get you well-prepared with this online introduction before the Academic Year will start the following week. 

The Academic Year starts on Monday August 31. The lectures for your premaster will also start in that particular week.

Courses, schedule and study books

In the study guide you will find a complete overview of your courses. You can find the schedule online and after registering for your courses, it will appear in your personal schedule on VUnet. 

The books for your programme are sold by the VU Bookstore in collaboration with study association EOS. Here you will find the book list.  

Digital services  

Are you new to the VU? To become familiar with the digital services of the VU, we have created a manual to help you on your way online at VUnet (eg. Course registration), Canvas, the library. Please do read before you start with your Master’s programme. 

Any questions regarding the programme?  

Please contact Rein Koetsier, coordinator of the premaster programme PS. 
Mail: r.l.koetsier@vu.nl

Completion within 1 year

As a pre-Master's student, you must have successfully completed the programme before 1 September 2021. If you are not able to achieve this, you cannot continue with your studies. As you will not be admitted to start the Master's program, nor you can retake the pre-master's programme.

International Students: when in Amsterdam?

The corona measures have a huge impact on higher education, but we are certain of one thing: if you start your degree programme in September, you can expect high-quality education from us. On campus if we can. But also: online because we can. Therefore our advice would be to come to Amsterdam in August if your situation allows you to. Read more on this topic here.

Introduction and first lecture 

On Friday 28 August we organize an introduction for you and your fellow students. This programme takes place in the afternoon, online via our learning platform Canvas. We will publish the programme and the link to the specific Canvas page here at least a week in advance. You will need your VUnet ID and password to log in. It is important to be present at this introduction, so please keep an eye on this page. 

During the online introduction meeting you will receive important information about the programme and meet fellow students and teachers. A week before the meeting we will publish a link to an online documentary on Canvas, which is anthropologically interesting. We will discuss the documentary in the first part of the meeting. In the second half you will get more information about the programme. We aim to get you well-prepared with this online introduction before the Academic Year will start the following week. 

The Academic Year starts on Monday August 31. The course “Core Themes in Anthropology” by dr. Freek Colombijn will start this week. The first lecture will be given online. In order to get to know each other personally there will be an offline meeting on Friday 4 September at 11.00 AM somewhere in the city.

More information about the offline meeting will be given via the Canvaspage of this course. So please keep an eye on the website, and register well in advance for the first course.

Courses, schedule and study books

In the study guide you will find a complete overview of your courses. You can find the schedule online and after registering for your courses, it will appear in your personal schedule on VUnet. 

The books for your programme are sold by the VU Bookstore in collaboration with study association EOS. Here you will find the book list.  

Digital services  

Are you new to the VU? To become familiar with the digital services of the VU, we have created a manual to help you on your way online at VUnet (eg. Course registration), Canvas, the library. Please do read before you start with your Master’s programme. 

Any questions regarding the programme?  

Please contact Boris Slijper, coordinator of the premaster programme SCA. 
Mail: b.slijper@vu.nl