Exchange and degree programs

Non degree/exchange programs

Ever wondered how and why diseases develop? How medicine work or how novel drugs are discovered? What the underlying mechanisms are? Then join the exchange semester (24/30 ECTS) of VUmc in which we will address all these questions. The English taught minor is open for exchange students of VU/VUmc partner universities and is offered during the first semester of  the academic year (September till December /January).

Both Dutch and international guest students from our partner institutions are welcome to participate, provided they meet the prerequisites. Students who wish to apply for one of these tracks need to have completed at least 90 EC in a relevant program like for example: medicine, biomedicine, psychobiology, technical medicine, medical biology, liberal arts & sciences or biopharmaceutical sciences.

For information about the exchange possibilities in the minor (elective semester) for students from partner universities please consider the VU website.

For questions more related to the content of the minor program and questions during your stay you may also contact Mrs. Van Amsterdam of the International Cooperation Office of the VU University Medical Center Amsterdam.

Degree programs

The Master Program in Oncology trains (bio) medically oriented bachelors and related bachelors in life sciences to become independent researchers with a depth knowledge in the field of Oncology. You will be trained in state-of-the-art techniques in cancer research and therapy in a challenging environment by experts in the field.

The Master Program in cardiovascular research is designed to equip you to become the next generation of scientists who are eager to understand the causes of cardiovascular disease and develop novel diagnostic and therapeutic modalities; It is a small scale and unique program developed by passionate clinical and preclinical scientists who are active in the field of cardiovascular disease and teaches from the perspective of translational research.

Application and admission

For questions about application and admission to the masters in Oncology and Cardiovascular Research you may contact the international student advisors at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. For information related to the content of the programs you may also contact the Coordinator at (Cardiovascular Research) or (Oncology).

The VUmc Zigma graduate entry programme has been developed for students with a degree other than a bachelor of medicine (e.g. a bachelor degree in biomedical sciences, life sciences or liberal arts and sciences), who wish to become doctors and who wish to perform clinical scientific research.


Clinical placements at VUmc

On a regular basis we receive enquires regarding (elective) clinical placements at VUmc. Our curriculum was recently reconstructed. Unfortunately the new curriculum structure provides no opportunity for the departments to accept foreign students for clinical placements over the coming period (due to the fact that we have to use all available spots to be able to accommodate our own students).