Programmes with limited places – numerus fixus

Because of their popularity, some bachelor’s programmes are oversubscribed. For these programmes a quota has been set for the number of students who can be allocated a place. This is known as a 'numerus fixus'.

Bachelor’s programmes with a numerus fixus

Bachelor’s programme & maximum number of places for 2021-2022

Criminology: 135

Medicine: 410

International Business Administration (IBA): 650

Psychology & International Bachelor in Psychology: 600 (in total)

Maximum of programmes

You can choose to register for up to two study programmes with numerus fixus per academic year. You can register twice for the same study programme at two different universities. Medicine is an exception to this rule. For medicine, you are limited to selecting one university only. 

Maximum of attempts

The amount of attempts to be selected for a programme with numerus fixus differs per study programme. In principle, you can participate up to a maximum of three times, but some programmes adhere to a maximum of one or two. If you have already participated in the central lottery system prior to 2017, this attempt counts as participation.

Registration for academic year 2021-2022

You can register via Studielink from 1 October 2020. The final registration date for numerus fixus programmes is 15 January 2021**. The universities start their selection procedure after this point. If there are fewer registrations than available places, no selection will take place


The result of the decentralised selection will be announced after 15 April 2021. You will receive the result via Studielink.

** The above-stated dates are based on academic year 2019-2020 and are subject to possible amendments by the government.