Before starting your studies
Practical information for admitted students
Once you have been provisionally or fully admitted to one of our Master's programmes, you can start preparing yourself for your studies.
Outstanding admission conditions
Once you have been provisionally admitted to a Master's programme, you will need to meet all outstanding conditions, including the completion of your Bachelor's studies and submitting your test scores and certified documents, before starting your studies. Check the information in your acceptance letter for details about the submission of these documents and any deadlines you need to meet.
You can also check to see which documents you still need to upload or send at your Personal Service Page:
Sending in certified documents
All transcripts and diplomas (or official graduation statements that include the date you graduated) sent to the GSH by post must be properly certified. A certified document is an official copy of the original document. It must show your full name, the name of the institution that issued the document and the inked stamp of your school or university, and the signature of the representative working at this institution. Watch the video below to understand exactly what is meant by a certified document.
In case you receive the hard copy of your diploma after 31 August, please send us a graduation statement instead, signed and stamped by a representative of your university, together with your certified transcript. Your official graduation date on this graduation statement needs to be 31 August 2018 at the latest.
Students who completed their Bachelor's at the University of Amsterdam do not have to submit certified documents.
Before the start of each semester, you will need to register for your courses. You will need to complete this within the official course registration period. To register, first review your programme's courses in the UvA Course Catalogue, then add them to the Course Planner at uva.nl/courseregistration. You will receive an email with more information about course registration once you have been admitted.
If you have any additional questions about course registration, make sure you contact the Education Desk for your programme.
Register for immigration, housing, start appointment
If you are an international student, you will need to arrange a variety of practical matters before starting your studies. This includes your visa or residence permit, insurance and housing. You will receive an email with more information about this after you have been admitted.
For more information, see:
Before the start of each academic year, the UvA and Graduate School of Humanities organise a variety of obligatory and voluntary introductory events.
The Graduate School of Humanities organises a general introductory event on Wednesday 29 August, aimed at international and Dutch students new to the UvA. Most Master's programmes also organise their own introductory meetings just before the start of the semester or during the first lecture. You will receive an email detailing introductory event dates after you have been admitted.
For an overview of UvA-wide introductory events see:
Dutch courses for students
The Graduate School of Humanities encourages all international students to learn Dutch. International students are entitled to following a Dutch language course at the Institute for Dutch Language Education (INTT) at a reduced fee.
The INTT also offers academic writing courses to native speakers of Dutch.
UvA student site
You can find information about study matters, including course registration, course catalogue, course schedule, student ID, and student card in the A-Z of your programme's student site at student.uva.nl.
- Digital Student Service Desk for questions regarding proof of registration and enrolment, Studielink, tuition fee payment, UvANetID and visas.
- Education Desk via your programme's student site for questions regarding course registration, course catalogue and timetable.
- Admissions Office of the Graduate School of Humanities for questions regarding application and admission, certified documents and English language test results.