Application and admission
The application process for the Master's programmes that start in September 2019.
You have made your choice for one of our Master’s programmes and you are about to apply. We look forward to receiving your application. Please take the following steps to apply to a Master’s programme of the Graduate School of Humanities.
If you only want to study one or two courses, please follow the procedure for guest students (bijvakstudenten). For this option, you should be registered as a full-time Master's student at another Dutch university.
1. Check deadlines
Type of applicant
1 February 2019
1 March 2019
15 May 2019
* If you are an applicant with an EU/EEA nationality and wish to apply for housing, you must submit your application by 1 March 2019.
Applying for a transfer to the Research Master's?
Applying for a scholarship?
If you are interested in a scholarship, you need to apply for both the Master's programme and the scholarship before 15 January. Learn more at:
2. Check entry requirements
Programme entry requirements
Each Master’s programme has specific entry requirements. Before starting your application, please check the entry requirements of the Master's programme of your choice.
English language requirements
All students applying for an English-taught Master's programme are required to be proficient users of academic English before being allowed to enroll. Please carefully check whether you need to take an official English language test or whether you already meet the English language requirements.
Applying for a Dutch-taught programme as an international student
If you are an international student applying for a Dutch-taught Master's programme, you may be required to submit an NT2 certificate. If this applies to you, you will be informed of this in your conditional acceptance letter.
3. Register in Studielink
All students applying for a Master’s programme at the University of Amsterdam will need to start their application by submitting an enrolment application in Studielink. Studielink is the national online system for students who would like to pursue a degree programme at a Dutch university.
Please make sure you register for the correct Master's in Studielink (download Studielink overview to see which Master's corresponds with the programme of your choice). It takes up to 48 hours to receive your login information, so please make sure you register in time to complete your UvA application in MyInfo (see step 5) before the application deadline (see step 1).
1. Check your DigiD (before starting in Studielink)
A DigiD (Digital Identification) is an online ID (username and password) that provides access to government administration websites.
- Students who do not live in the Netherlands can use Studielink without a DigiD.
- Students who currently live in the Netherlands will need their DigiD to use Studielink. We strongly recommend that you apply for your DigiD at least three weeks before registering in Studielink.
2. Read the step-by-step guide to Studielink
Before submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, read the 'Step-by-step guide to Studielink'. Please see:
4. Activate your UvAnetID
After submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, you will receive an email with your UvAnetID by email within 48 hours. Follow the instructions in the email to activate your ID as you will need it to complete your UvA application in MyInfo (see next step). If you already have a UvAnetID, you can proceed to step 5. If you have not received an email within 48 hours, please make sure to check your spam box.
5. Submit your UvA application form
After enrolling in Studielink, you will automatically receive an email with a link to your MyInfo UvA application form. To log in to MyInfo you need your UvAnetID. Please fill out the application form, upload all required application documents and submit your MyInfo application form before the application deadline. For detailed information, please follow the link to further information on applying in MyInfo below.
Before starting your application, please take the following into account:
You need to submit your application before the application deadline applicable to you (please see step 1). Late applications will not be considered.
English language requirements
In your MyInfo application you will need to upload an English language test score report that meets the English language requirements of the Graduate School of Humanities.
Before starting your application in MyInfo, make sure you check the English language requirements on the Graduate School of Humanities website.
All applicants holding a nationality outside the EU/EEA are required to pay an application fee of €100 per Studielink enrolment before submitting your MyInfo application form. You will find payment instructions on your application form.
As part of your application in MyInfo, you are required to upload transcripts, diplomas, a motivation letter, a CV/resume, an English language test report (unless you are exempt) and programme-specific documents (if applicable). Please find detailed information on the application documents you need to upload in MyInfo on the Graduate School of Humanities website.
6. Wait for admission decision
Once we receive your complete application, it will be evaluated by our admissions committee. Late applications will not be considered. You will be notified about the admission decision by email. The complete admission process can take up to 8 weeks after the deadline.
After (conditional) admission
7. Accept/decline offer
After you have been conditionally accepted to the Master’s programme, you will receive a separate email with a link where you can accept, defer or decline your offer. Please make sure you respond within 2 weeks. Only once you have accepted our offer will you be able to apply for housing and visa (if applicable). Please note that EU nationals who submit their application after 1 March are not eligible to apply for housing.
You will receive more instructions on how to complete your enrolment in due time. For now, please read the steps below.
If you decide to decline our programme offer, make sure you also withdraw your enrolment application in Studielink to avoid receiving emails about completing your enrolment.
You have the option of deferring your programme offer to the next academic year. If you choose to defer, you will need to apply in Studielink and MyInfo, and pay the application fee again. In MyInfo, you can upload your offer letter from the year before instead of the required documents. If you choose not to start the programme after your deferral, you will lose your offer to the programme. In this case, you will need to re-apply for the programme. Please note, you may receive a different admission decision.
8. Submit certified documents
If you have been (conditionally) admitted to our Master's programme, you can only start the programme in September if you have graduated from your Bachelor's before 1 September 2019*. In order for us to verify this, you are required to send us certified copies of your transcripts and degree certificates (we strongly advise against sending us original diplomas and transcripts). Note that you need to send us these documents by post. Plain copies or digital scans of the original certified documents are not accepted.
Please note that if the original language of your documents is in another language than English, Dutch, German, Spanish or French, these documents must be translated into English by sworn translators for application to the Graduate School of Humanities.
Deadlines for sending certified documents:
1 August: applicants with non-Dutch degree
24 August: applicants with Dutch degree
Universiteit van Amsterdam
Graduate School of Humanities, Admissions Office (room 0.11)
1012 VB Amsterdam
* If you have completed your studies, but the diploma itself will not be issued until after 31 August, please provide the Admissions Office with an official statement of graduation, signed and stamped by your university. In this graduation statement your university needs to declare that you have fulfilled all graduation requirements and have graduated from the Bachelor's programme, stating your exact graduation date. This graduation date must be a date before 1 September 2019.
9. Register for immigration, housing, start appointment
In order to study in the Netherlands, you may need to apply for a residence permit and/or an entry visa. This depends on your nationality. You will receive an email from the immigration department with a link to an online application form after you have accepted your offer. More information on how to apply for UvA housing and on the UvA start appointment will become available in May.
Please keep in mind that the housing market in Amsterdam is very competitive and that applying for student housing through the UvA does not guarantee placement. For this reason, we advise you to start your orientation for housing options early and to explore the private housing market as well. The UvA housing service is always offered for a fixed period of one year (two semesters) to new incoming international students.
10. Register for courses
Online course registration for the first semester takes place in June. All information about course registration can be found via the link below.
In the Course Catalogue, you can find the courses you will need to take each semester. The course catalogue for 2019/2020 will be released in May 2019. On www.rooster.uva.nl, you can enter your courses and see your own (weekly) timetable.
For questions regarding course registration, please contact the Education Desk via the Digital Student Service Desk.
11. Request student ID card
A student ID card is a personal card which serves as proof of identity for examinations or borrowing library books. You will receive instructions on how to request your student ID card.
12. Attend the introduction
To help you get started in Amsterdam, the UvA and the Faculty of Humanities organise several mandatory and optional introduction sessions before the start of the semester.
During the individual Start appointment you will be able to collect your student ID card and check the status of your enrolment. More information about the START appointment.
Faculty introduction meeting
At the Faculty introduction meeting, which will take place in the week before the start of the semester, you will receive practical information about studying at the Faculty of Humanities and in Amsterdam. Moreover, it is a great way to meet other new students at the Faculty of Humanities.
The Intreeweek is a great way to get to know Amsterdam, the UvA and your fellow UvA students. The Intreeweek is open to international and Dutch students for a small fee. Each year, a team of dedicated students organise this major event to kick-off the new year. You can find details on the Intreeweek website.
Programme specific introduction
Most Master's programmes organise a Programme specific introduction during the Intreeweek. If applicable to your programme, you will receive an invitation from your Programme Coordinator separately.
13. Pay the tuition fee
You will need to pay the tuition fee in order to complete your enrolment for a degree programme at the UvA.