Welcome to your VU Master’s programme

Welcome to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. On this page, we will provide you with an overview of important information regarding the official start of the academic year, as well as some administrative procedures that you need to conduct prior to your first day at the university. First, please check if your application is complete. 

Track the status of your application in VUnet

Make sure that you have fully registered for your programme by 31 August 2020 at the latest. This means completing your application in VUnet. In VUnet you can see which requirements or obligations you still need to meet using the status overview. You are only fully registered if you see that the status reads ‘registered’ under the 'my courses' section in Studielink

When you have fully registered, you will receive Proof of Registration and a student card (provided that you have uploaded a photo to VUnet) within 2 to 4 weeks.

Do you have any questions about your application? Please contact the Central Student Desk

SBE Master’s day and Introduction to the Programme

On Friday August 28th, the School of Business and Economics and Study Association Aureus will host the SBE Masterday. This day is your official introduction and kick-off of your Master Programme, your attendance is therefore expected. The day will include speeches by keynote speakers, company presentations & cases and other fun activities. 

Please fill in the contact form on our website here to register. You can also find an overview of the programme on the registration page. We hope to see you on the 28th


VUnet is the digital environment of Vrije Universiteit. On VUnet you find everything you need to successfully complete your programme. This includes:

  • your personal timetable indicating times and locations of courses and exams
  • Canvas announcements for your specific programme
  • your results
  • courses you have registered for

Course and exam registration

For all courses in the Master programmes, you need to register in advance in order to be allowed to follow the course. At the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you always need to personally register for all your courses through VUnet, our student portal. Registering for courses is only possible after your application is complete. Your application is complete when you see green check marks on all sections on your application page.  

You can login via VUnet. (To enter VUnet you need your VUnet ID, which is sent to you by email when you applied for the programme. 

Once logged in, go to Register for Courses and Exams. To find out what courses you need to register for, go to your specific Master programme or check the study guide. We advise you to register for all your courses in the first period at once. Registration for courses in period 1 is already possible. The registration for courses given in the second period is possible starting on September the 14th.

Please note: If you do not register in time, it is not possible to participate in a particular course or take the exam. When you register for a course, please make sure that you enroll for the first exam possibility for that course.  Registration always ends 3 weeks before a new period starts and enrollment after the deadline is not possible. Exam-only registration and registration for resits closes two weeks before the day the exam takes place. Make sure that you register for your courses before the deadline. The deadlines for registering can be found here. If by any chance you missed the deadline you can fill in the form ‘Registration after deadline’.   

All course activities that you have personally registered for will appear in your personal schedule on VUnet. Please check your personal schedule every day because it informs you of important information such as schedule changes. 

Study Books

New students do not receive a list with literature. At the VU-bookstore they know what literature you will need. The mandatory literature can also be found in the study guide and the course manual  of the courses. The course manual can be found in each course in Canvas. Members of Aureus receive a discount. You can become a member of Aureus here.

Academic advisors

The School of Business and Economics  has academic advisors for student counseling.

Academic advisors assist students with study-related questions, e.g. questions on planning. All conversations with academic advisors are strictly confidential.

Are there circumstances that (may) slow or hinder your studies? Do you need extra facilities due to personal circumstances such as extra exam time? Report this to the study advisor as soon as possible! If necessary, the study advisor can refer you to the right person or authority for further assistance. 

More information about the academic advisors can be found on VUnet

Need more time? 

If you have many different questions, want to make a study planning or would like to discuss your personal situation, please make an appointment with one of the advisors via VUnet. 

Central Student Desk

Vrije Universiteit has a Central Student Desk. You can contact them with questions about your general student registration, tuition fees, VUnet-ID, courses/exams registration, a declaration of graduation and a certified copy of your transcript of records. They are located in the hall of the main building (opening hours: weekdays from 10.00 till 17.00 hours or can be reached by phone 020 598 5020: weekdays 10.00-12.30 hours and 14.00-17.00 hours. You can also contact the Central Student desk through the following contact form on VUnet.

For all programme related questions (grades, application for your  diploma) you can contact the Faculty. Please use the following contact form on VUnet.  

Career Services

“The future depends on what you do today” (Mahatma Gandhi)

Looking for an internship or preparing for your career after graduation? SBE Career Services offers career workshops, individual coaching, online tools and career guides, and an online vacancy board. You can find more information on the SBE Career Platform (log in via the Career Services button on your VUnet home page) or through the SBE Career Services community on Canvas (all master students are automatically enrolled). 


Please find some general information about the Master’s programme and useful websites below. 

More information about the courses can be found in the study guide. The academic calendar 2020/2021 provides information on semester dates, exam and resit dates and collective holidays. If you have any questions about the programme, please contact the academic advisors please contact the academic advisors via the contact form in VUnet

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