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Course registration

Each semester, you are required to register for courses during the official registration period. When you register for a course, you are automatically registered for the exams and the Canvas page for that course.

Information on this site is not for exchange students. They should follow the course registration procedure for exchange students.

Course registration periods

Make sure to register during the official registration period, because only then will you be guaranteed a place in your compulsory courses. The registration periods for Bachelor's and Master’s courses at the Faculty of Humanities are:

First semester 2020-2021

Tuesday, 9 June (08:00) - Tuesday, 23 June 2020 (13:00)

Second semester 2020-2021

Tuesday, 1 December (08:00) - Tuesday, 15 December 2020 (13:00)

See below for an overview of the registration periods of all degree programmes offered at the University of Amsterdam.

Step-by-step guide to course registration

Step 1: Enrol in your degree programme via Studielink

Use Studielink to request enrolment in an UvA degree programme. This requires a DigiD.* Once you have enrolled via Studielink, it may take up to 48 hours before you can register for courses.

* If you apply for a DigiD or make any changes to it, you will receive an activation code within 5 days.

Step 2: Select your courses

Go to the Course Catalogue, find your degree programme and select the courses you want to follow.

Step 3: Enter your chosen courses in the Planner

Go to, find your courses and click on ‘Add Course’.

Step 4: Check your timetable

Go to the Planner tab and view your course timetable under ‘Open timetable’. If you have registered for tutorials, make sure that there is no overlap in your timetable.

Step 5: Complete the course registration

Go to the Planner tab, check the boxes for the tutorials you wish to follow and click on 'Register' and then on ‘OK’.

Step 6: Check your registration

Go to the 'Overview of registrations’ tab and check your registrations.

Note: It is compulsory for all students to attend the first lecture of the course. Students absent without prior notification will lose their right to placement for the course.


  • You can cancel course registrations at Go to the ‘Overview of Registrations’ tab, check the box next to the course you wish to cancel, click on ‘Deregister' and then on ‘OK’.
  • You can only cancel courses up until the end of the second week after the start of the course. 
    Please note: it is important to deregister from courses you do not plan to take part in. If you do not attend a course for which you registered, the result recorded for this course will be ‘NAP’ (‘non-attendance’). Moreover, you will be preventing a fellow student from occupying your place in the course.