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Mathematics deficiency courses and exams

Do you want to start a university degree programme in The Netherlands in September, but do you not meet the entry requirements for mathematics? No problem. Take one of our courses, pass the subsequent exam and start at a Dutch university in September!

In some cases, your international diploma does not meet the requirements of a university degree programme in The Netherlands. Many tracks require you to have mastered mathematics at Dutch vwo (pre-university) level or equivalent. The Mathematics Institute of the University of Amsterdam organises mathematics deficiency courses in Mathematics A and in Mathematics B. The aim is to bring you to the Dutch vwo level.
We have been organising math deficiency courses in Dutch for years, so we have a lot of experience preparing prospective students for university.

For whom?

The courses are especially suited for you if you:

  1. want to start a university degree programme in The Netherlands in September 2021, and:
  2. do not meet the mathematics entry requirement for this programme.

For many degree programmes you can still meet the entry requirement by successfully passing an entrance exam. The courses we offer prepare you optimally for that exam.
Everyone who just wants to brush up on their math knowledge is welcome as well. 

You can study anywhere, anytime

From 2021 we offer an online math deficiency course in English that will prepare you for your studies in the Netherlands. Since you will work in an online interactive learning environment you can brush up on your mathematics anywhere in the world with an internet connection, in your own time.

"Anyone can do math"

“I believe that anyone can do math. For some it just takes a little more time than for others. Maybe it just hasn't been explained in the right way (for you). I think it's important to regain some confidence in mathematics, and the courses are very suitable for that.” - Marthe Schut, lecturer

This vision and commitment of our lecturers is also appreciated by our students ...

"Also my compliments to Marthe, she really made me understand mathematics like I never did before. Thank you for that." - student

The math courses team

mathematics deficiency courses team
From left to right: Marthe Schut (lecturer Mathematics A), Gideon Jager (lecturer Mathematics B), André Heck (coordinator)

The following courses are available

January-March: Online courses Mathematics A and Mathematics B

During January to March, you can take the Winter e-courses Mathematics A or B.


  • You work independently within an online interactive learning, practice and assessment environment to master the mathematics in the instructional materials;
  • The course starts on 18 January 2021 and you will work with the learning materials following a fixed weekly schedule;
  • You can ask questions in an online forum that is answered daily by our lecturers, and you can request a live chat with a lecturer twice a week;
  • 1 week before the exam there is an online preparation meeting;
  • The Winter e-courses prepare for an exam in March;
  • The course fee is € 395 (including course reader (in pdf) and exam).

Read more about the Winter e-course Mathematics A
Read more about the Winter e-course Mathematics B


  • Winter e-courses: 18 January 2021 to 22 March 2021
  • Exam: 25 March 2021

Location of the math courses and exams

Both the courses and the exams will be online.

Main language



The exam will be graded on a scale from 1 to 10 and the minimum pass grade is 6. If you pass the exam, you will receive a certificate stating that you master mathematics at the Dutch vwo (pre-university) level.


Registration for the mathematics courses closes 14 days before the start of the course.


If you have any questions, please call us at +31 (0)20-525 5091, send us an email or read the frequently asked questions.