Honours programme

The VU Honours programme

The Honours Programme offers several advantages to our students. Only a select group of motivated, talented students can participate in the programme. The programme draws upon the expertise of our top faculty members. Special courses are developed, that are only accessible to honours students. These courses are characterized by small classes (10-20 students), a high degree of teacher-student interaction and for free (no extra charge of tuition fees).

All honours courses you pass appear as extracurricular courses on your BSc diploma. Upon successfully completing the entire programme, you receive a special BSc diploma stating that you have participated in the VU Honours Programme, and that you have completed your BSc degree within three years, with an average of at least 7.5 for your BSc courses and with an increased study load of 30 EC of honours courses. A successful completion of the Honours Programme is a nice addition to your CV and increases your future opportunities for follow-up studies, e.g., your chances to enter one of our top international research master programmes (MPhil), possibly leading to a future PhD.

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Nienke_Cornelissen_HP_webNienke Cornelissen, Econometrics
As a university student, you might have the idea that you are on top of the world and already know everything about the world beneath you. Until you meet the Honours Programme. Here, you are presented with the opportunity to broaden your mind and explore fields of expertise you did not know the existence of. Personally, as an Econometrics student, I am delighted to have been able to see the human aspects of society in clearer view, which is a great addition to my bachelor degree. Additionally, during the study trip to Budapest, I met new friends and made some wonderful memories!
Daniel Pinchasik, Economie en Bedrijfseconomie
Because I started a bit later, finishing my first two courses next to all my other activities it kept me quite busy. But hey, it pays off! On the basis of my CV and motivation, I have been selected for a Fulbright Scholarship Programme in Minnesota, USA; only two candidates from the Netherlands have been selected as well!
Daniel Pinchasik, HP
Harold Houba, HP - Harold Houba, Honours Coordinator (honoursprogramma.feweb@vu.nl)
Every year when reading the resumes of applicants to the HP, I am amazed about the many talents and the broad interests they have and the many activities and achievements they were involved in before arriving at our university. When I was a student, honours programmes did not exist, and nowadays I realize I really missed out on such a great opportunity.