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3 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program


How can we spread covid patients across hospitals, with a mathematical model? How do prime numbers help to encrypt chat messages? And how does math contribute to intelligent software?

During this challenging programme, you will receive an excellent foundation in pure and applied mathematics, but you will also have the chance to stake out your own focus. In the international classroom you will be surrounded by other math fanatics.

During your mathematics studies at school, you undoubtedly learnt about calculus, derivatives, algebra, and more – but did you learn how these theories work or why they are true? At the bachelor level you are on cue to acquire new insights into these mathematical phenomena and to discover the buttressing logic. You will also be diving into other branches of mathematics, deviating thoroughly from those you were taught at high school.

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Admission requirements

Applicants holding a non-Dutch pre-university diploma apply via the International Office. We check if your previous education meets a number of requirements. If you do not yet meet the requirements but expect to do so in the future (such as obtaining your diploma), you can already apply. We will evaluate your application and inform you of our admission decision.

Requirements that apply:

1. A diploma equivalent to the Dutch pre-university VWO-diploma

See the Diploma Requirement List for examples of accepted diplomas per country.

Please note: this list is meant to give you an indication of admissibility; no rights can be derived from it.

2. Proof of sufficient proficiency in English

Although complete applications are preferred, you can begin your application before you have completed the test and then submit your passing score once you have been conditionally admitted. You can find all accepted tests and scores on our Language Requirements webpage.

3. Proof of sufficient proficiency in Mathematics

After you apply to the programme and upload the required documents in our student portal, your International Student Advisor will have a look at your transcripts to determine whether your diploma is equivalent to the Dutch vwo-diploma and whether your Mathematics level is sufficient.

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Program content

1st year

  • Basic Concepts in Mathematics
  • English Language Test
  • Linear Algebra
  • Single Variable Calculus
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Introduction to Mathematical Modelling, Latex and Mathematica
  • Introduction to Programming (PYTHON)
  • Group Theory
  • Mathematical Analysis
  • Multivariable Calculus
  • Probability Theory
  • Mathematical Modelling of Dynamical Systems

2nd year

  • Fourier Analysis
  • Mathematical Statistics
  • Numerical Methods
  • Mathematical Modelling of Stochastic Systems
  • Dynamical Systems
  • Project Mathematics
  • Rings and Fields
  • Complex Analysis
  • Topology

3rd year

  • History of Science
  • Bachelor Project Mathematics
  • Philosophy and Ethics

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • Tuition fee for EU: € 2,209
  • Tuition fee for NON-EU/EEA: € 12,660

Career paths

The majority of graduates from the Bachelor's programme in Mathematics go on to do a Master's - whether at VU Amsterdam, elsewhere in the Netherlands or abroad.

While a Master's in Mathematics may be the obvious choice, other popular choices include business analytics, computer science or econometrics.

Having completed your Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, you'll be well equipped for the future - not just in terms of quantitative and critical thinking data-analysis skills, but also problem-solving and interpersonal skills. Historically, all of our graduates have found work extremely quickly - proving just how employable the VU's mathematicians are.

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About this institute

Welcome to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (‘VU Amsterdam’) is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 175 English-taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to more than 26,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff...

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Why study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

With more than 24,000 students, of which 4,088 are international, VU Amsterdam conducts cutting-edge research into problems of societal and scientific importance.

They distinguish themselves in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes:

  • Human Health and Life Sciences
  • Science for Sustainability
  • Connected World
  • Governance for Society

As a student this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, and to seek for tangible solutions for a better world.

In addition, VU Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.

The Dutch higher education system has been ranked in the top 10 by Universitas 21. In the first Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking, VU Amsterdam is ranked 16th worldwide. In this ranking, universities are assessed based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to measure the impact of the universities on society. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 (Shanghai Ranking) VU Amsterdam holds the 104th position. The international QS World University ranking 2021 places the Vrije Universiteit at number 236 in the world, which means the Vrije Universiteit belongs to the top 20% of the world.

At VU Amsterdam, the teaching style can be described as student-centred: they encourage students to develop their own opinions through independent and creative thinking. This means that teaching is mainly conducted in small tutorials, where interactivity is the norm rather than the exception. At every opportunity, students are encouraged to engage in constructive dialogue with their professors.

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
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