3 Jahre
Candidates with a non-Dutch pre-university school diploma:
  1. A diploma equivalent to a Dutch VWO diploma (see the general guide)
  2. Proof of sufficient proficiency in Mathematics
  3. Proof of sufficient proficiency in English
2078.00 € / Jahr
Application deadline: 1 May (1 April if you want to use the housing options of the VU)
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Study Mathematics in Amsterdam

Whether you’re driven by pure curiosity in mathematical structures or by modern applications of these, at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you will discover the beauty of mathematics. Mathematics is everywhere. You can learn for example about distribution of prime numbers and geometry of graphs, as well as applications of these in cryptography and big data.

Our lecturers are world-leading researchers that use innovative teaching methods. Lectures are accompanied by tutorial classes, in which you receive personal feedback from your tutors. Our study counsellors will make sure that you choose the study path that suits you best.

The VU campus is located in one of the most dynamic and fast-growing business districts in the Netherlands and just a 10-minute train ride from the international airport Schiphol. The lively and multicultural city centre of Amsterdam, with the largest concentration of students in the Netherlands, is just a 15-minute bike ride from the campus.

The programme in a nutshell

The first year consists of a well-balanced programme that you follow together with all your fellow freshmen Mathematics students. This gives you a firm mathematical basis for the rest of your studies. In year two you decide to continue with a major in either Pure or Applied Mathematics. Various study tracks and numerous optional courses allow you to pursue your personal interests. During your minor in the first half of year three, you focus entirely on your favourite topic. The programme finishes with a research project in which everything you learnt is combined.

Future prospects

Joblessness is rare among mathematicians: they find jobs in technology companies, banks, ministries, hospitals, consultancy, IT, scientific research and education. Your knowledge of fundamental and applied mathematics as a VU mathematician will suit you for a range of jobs, and most companies and institutions are highly interested in the general analytical and problem-solving skills you will develop. As a consequence, mathematicians end up in an enormous diversity of jobs.

Your VU Bachelor’s degree certificate qualifies you straightaway for the VU Master’s programmes in Mathematics and Stochastic and Financial Mathematics. Depending on the chosen tracks and courses, there are various other Master’s programmes you can enroll in, including Business Analytics, Econometrics and Operations research, and Bioinformatics and Systems Biology.

Studying at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university is located in the vibrant city of Amsterdam, one of the most multicultural cities in the world, with the largest concentration of students in the Netherlands and where English is the second language spoken. The campus is surrounded by one of the most dynamic and fast-growing business districts in the Netherlands hosting over 700 companies.

With more than 23,000 students, of which 3,300 are international, the university conducts cutting-edge research into problems of major societal and scientific importance. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam distinguishes itself in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes reflecting a strong level of involvement in current societal issues: Human Health and Life Sciences, Science for Sustainability, Connected World and Governance for Society. As a student this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, to engage with society and to seek for tangible solutions for a better world. In addition Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
International Student Advisors

Julia Tan
phone: +31 205 984 212

Alexander Lindemans
phone: +31 205 982 788


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