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Is the world the way we think it is?  What do we know? How can we distinguish between good and bad? Right and wrong? No matter what answers you give to these questions, they will depend on – and shape – a philosophical conception. In studying philosophy you will learn the meaning and the implications of questions like these. You will also learn how to formulate these questions and how to evaluate the diverse answers that such questions have received over the centuries. In fact, philosophy has always addressed such fundamental questions, questions that are often ignored because the answers are taken for granted. So you will not only be trained in a discipline and a method, but also learn its history. Philosophy has a long history and studying this history will make you realize that the meaning of big philosophical questions – such as ‘What is the soul?’, ‘What is science?’ or ‘What is it to be moral?’ – can change profoundly in the course of time. But what they mean today depends in part on the answers given by thinkers of the past. 


Upon completion you well receive a Bachelor of Science diploma


Well-regarded statistical studies have shown that, among students of the humanities, philosophers have a high chance of finding a job. As a philosophy graduate, you can apply for positions such as (ethical) advisor or policy officer at a government ministry or a hospital, but also as an editor, journalist or teacher.


To be admitted with a non-Dutch diploma, you must hold an equivalent to a Dutch pre-university school diploma (VWO) for example a Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife or IB Diploma. Depending on your background, you may also need to supply proof of your English language proficiency.

Even if you possess a diploma that is equivalent to the Dutch VWO, you may still have to meet specific entry requirements before you will be admitted to a Bachelor’s degree programme. In October, a general guide with specific accepted diplomas will appear on our website.

VU Amsterdam requires all international applicants to take an English language proficiency test and to submit their scores before 31 August. Applicants who have completed their education in Canada, the USA, the UK, New Zealand or Australia are exempt from this requirement, as are those who have obtained an International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate diploma (English-taught programs only).
We accept the following tests and minimum scores:

  • IELTS: 6.5
  • TOEFL paper-based test: 580
  • TOEFL internet-based test: 92
  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): A, B or C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A, B, C


The tuition fee for students of European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) countries who have not yet been awarded a degree in the Netherlands will amount to €2060 for the academic year 2018-2019, for a full time bachelor’s study programme, part time study programme or dual study programme.

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