International students applying for a Master’s programme at VU University Amsterdam can also apply for scholarships at the university. Scholarships can be used to cover tuition fees. Students are still responsible for their own living costs and other expenses.
VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP)
The VU Fellowship scholarship fully covers the institution’s tuition fees for Master’s programmes. The fees range from €2,006 per year for EU students to between €12,000 and €15,000 per year for non-EU students. The VUFP scholarship is especially useful for students coming to study in the Netherlands from outside of the European Union.
To be eligible for the VUFP scholarship, students must:
- Apply for a Master’s programme at VU before February 1st, 2017. The application must be completed through the Dutch higher education system known as Studielink, as well as through the university’s portal, VUnet.
- Apply for the VUFP scholarship via VUnet before February 1st. meet all academic prerequisites, such as proving previous study results. Average marks should be 80% or higher.
- Add to the application package a motivation letter and CV in the Europass format.
The motivation letter is an opportunity for you to explain why you’ve chosen to study at VU and why you want to pursue a particular programme. Describe how you can contribute to the university and how you think studying at the university will contribute to your life and career after graduation. Also make sure to include how your previous experiences add value to your classmates, colleagues, and society overall, as well as how you hope your pursuit of the chosen programme will benefit you in the future. The motivation letter should showcase all of the reasons why you deserve to receive a VUFP scholarship.
VUFP scholarship recipients will be announced by April 1st, 2017.
Holland Scholarship Programme (HSP)
VU University Amsterdam participates in the national Holland Scholarship Programme. Within the HSP framework, 48 Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences provide one-time grants to non-EU students worth €5,000 each.
To be eligible for this grant at VU, students must first be accepted as recipients of the VUFP scholarship. The application deadline for the Holland Scholarship is also February 1st, 2017.
VU University Amsterdam also offers several country-specific scholarships to students from the USA, Indonesia, China, Brazil, and a few other countries.
To find more details regarding scholarships options at VU, including further information about the above, please visit the “Scholarships” page on the university’s website.