Courses for non-student visitors

Students interested in taking subjects at the Faculty of Sciences that are not within a bilateral exchange agreement are offered the opportunity to do so for a fee.

The interactive VU Study Guide provides information about the programmes and courses of VU University Amsterdam.


  • A student is admitted to a programme following an admission interview with the Master’s coordinator/study advisor for the programme, and provided the examination board has granted its approval.
  • At the admission interview, the student is obliged to submit certified copies of their lists of marks, their diploma(s), and a CV.
  • On the basis of these documents, the Master’s coordinator/study advisor will advise the examination board on whether or not to grant the candidate a place on the course.


  • The fee is € 160 per credit
  • The total amount should be paid before commencement of studies. You will be sent an invoice for the fee.
  • Attending lectures, supervision by a lecturer, use of the computer facilities, taking interim examinations and receipt of a certificate of attendance are all included in the fee.


  • Students can take a maximum of 18 credits a year in contract education.
  • Participation in intensive course components, such as Master’s projects or student placements, is not possible.
  • No degree or title will be awarded.
  • Where necessary, the student is required to organize their own accommodation and/or an authorization for temporary stay (MVV) or residence permit. The education office is not able to assist in these matters.
  • It is not possible to apply for grants or fellowships from VU University Amsterdam or the faculty in question.
  • We are not able to assist you in applying for other grants.

Application and information

Education Office Falculty of Sciences