Application process

All prospective students (Dutch and international) complete the same application form and will go through the same admissions process. The four main steps of the application procedure are outlined below.

1. Meet the minimum requirements and submit your application online

To be considered for admission to AUC, you must first complete and submit our online application form together with all the required documentation. Please read the Application Guidelines carefully before completing your application. You will need digital/scanned versions of certain documents in order to upload and submit them.

After you have submitted your application, we will first check if your previous education meets the general minimum entry requirements for a Bachelor's programme at a Dutch research university. In other words, we will check if you already have (or will soon obtain) a Dutch VWO diploma or a diploma that is considered to be equivalent to the Dutch VWO diploma. Along with checking the minimum entry requirements, we will also check to see if you have sent all the information we need to assess your application (that your application package is complete). 

2. Application review and Admissions Day

If your application package is complete and your previous education meets the general minimum entry requirements, we will then review your application package. Small deficiencies in meeting our English and/or maths requirements will not prevent your application from being reviewed, and you will be able to work toward rectifying these deficiencies before your intended start date at AUC.

However, if there are major deficiencies in your level of English or maths in consideration of the requirements for your desired major, we strongly encourage you to first take the time to work on your maths and/or English before submitting your application to AUC. In the case that your level of English and/or maths is considered to have too large of a deficiency in meeting the minimum requirements for the major you are applying for, AUC will not continue to review the rest of your application package. Should this be the case, you will be informed of the reason and specific deficiency. Exceptions can be made if there is a specific reason for the deficiency, such as health-related issues and/or other unforeseen circumstances or incidents.

If you successfully pass the review stage, you will be invited to an Admissions Day at AUC. The Admissions Day allows us to get to know the person behind the application, as well as extend a warm welcome to you and other aspiring AUC students that have reached this stage of the application process.

The Admissions Day programme consists of several activities specially designed to let you experience AUC’s academic and social scene in addition to meeting AUC staff members and current students. This is combined with a personal meeting with a member of the AUC faculty. Admissions Days are held at the AUC academic building in Amsterdam, but an online meet-and-greet can be scheduled as an alternative for applicants who live outside of the Netherlands and cannot travel to Amsterdam.

3. Offer of a place at AUC

After the application review and Admissions Day, the AUC Admissions Committee sends letters offering a place at AUC. The offer of a place may be conditional on your meeting, for example, specific English and/or maths requirements. In other words, you may have to send us proof that you will meet the English and/or maths requirements in order to begin your studies at AUC. You must also successfully obtain your secondary school diploma if you have not already done so.

4. Enrolment at AUC

As soon as you accept your offer, we start the procedures to complete your enrolment at AUC as part of both the University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Our admissions office will contact you regarding which documents you must submit and will instruct you further on practical matters you need to take care of before starting your studies at AUC, including how to pay your tuition, arrange a residence permit (if necessary) and register for on-campus housing. You will then be invited to attend the Introduction Week at AUC in order to be officially welcomed to the AUC community!

Published by  Amsterdam University College

30 August 2019