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Submit certified documents

If you have been (conditionally) admitted to our (pre-)Master's programme, you can only start the programme in September if you have graduated from your Bachelor's before 1 September of that year. In order for us to verify this, you are required to send us certified copies of your transcripts and degree certificates if you did not obtain your degree in the Netherlands.

Dutch previous education

If you are an applicant at a Dutch university (including the UvA), you need to contact the Admissions Office via as soon as your university has registered your Bachelor’s programme graduation date in order for us to verify your graduation and finalise your Master’s application. UvA students can consult the student website for information on requesting a certificate degree.

If you obtain or have obtained your Bachelor's diploma at a Dutch university, you do not have to submit any certified documents.

Non-Dutch previous education

If you obtain or have obtained your Bachelor's diploma at a non-Dutch university, you need to submit the following certified documents:

  • Certified copies of your original and translated higher education diploma(s).
  • Certified copies of your original and translated transcript(s).

A certified copy is an official copy of the original document with an original stamp and signature of a representative of your home institution or a notary. This is therefore not the same as a photocopy of a certified document. Please do not send us the original documents as we are not responsible in case any documents get lost in the process. Furthermore, we are not able to return you the documents you sent. Transcripts, diplomas and Graduation Statements (if applicable) in any language other than English, Dutch, French or German should be submitted in their original language along with an official translation made by a sworn translator.

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Certified docs

Deadlines for sending certified documents

for applicants with a non-EU/EER nationality
18 May

for applicants with an EU/EER nationality
1 August

If your diploma will not be issued before the deadline that applies to you, please send in an official Graduation Statement. 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 date cannot be later than 1 September. The Graduation Statement needs to be signed and stamped by your home institution.

How to submit your certified documents

The preferred method of submitting your certified documents is digitally. If you are unable to submit your documents digitally, you can send hardcopies by regular post.

Digital documents (preferred method)

Digitally certified documents are usually processed faster than hard copies. We highly recommend you to send us your certified documents digitally. This can be done:

  • By yourself through a secure portal
    We accept certified documents sent to us by students through a secure portal, like Parchment, Hear, E-Script or Gradintelligence.
  • By your university
    Check if your university is a partner of the University of Amsterdam on our world map. If so, please ask a representative of your university to send us your certified Graduation Statement/Diploma and your certified (complete) transcript of records. 
    Important: In order to guarantee the verity of the digital documents, we do not accept digital documents from a partner university sent by students and/or student email addresses.

Documents should be sent to  

Hard copies

If you are not able to send us your certified documents digitally in the manner described above, you can send us your certified Graduation Statement/Diploma and complete transcript of records by post:

University of Amsterdam
Graduate School of Humanities, Admissions Office
PO Box 93055
1090 BB Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Please note: 

  • DHL does not send parcels to PO Boxes.
  • If your documents are not properly certified (for example plain photocopies), we cannot accept them. 
  • Make sure your certified copies of your documents are received well before the deadline. 
  • When your documents are received and processed, your status in your Enrolment Checklist will change to ‘accepted’.