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Application and admission

After (conditional) admission to a pre-Master's programme

If you have been (conditionally) accepted to a pre-Master's programme you have applied for, you will receive a (conditional) acceptance letter listing the steps you still need to take in order to make your offer unconditional and to become fully registered as an UvA student.

Please note: the information below only applies to applicants who have received a conditional or an unconditional offer to a pre-Master's programme of the Graduate School of Humanities.


After (conditional) admission

  • Accept/decline offer

    After you have been conditionally accepted to the pre-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 two 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, starting with your (new) enrolment request in Studielink. You will receive a rejection for your application for the Master's programme you want to enrol in eventually, and this application will be cancelled.


    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.


    Usually, the Graduate School of Humanities does not offer deferrals in the traditional sense of the word. If you would like to defer, you must re-apply in Studielink and MyInfo next year according to the deadlines, admission and entry requirements applicable to your situation.

    In light of the corona crisis we understand that many students have concerns with regards to being able to start their studies in September. Therefore, this year it is possible to defer your provisional place of study for one full year, if you register in Studielink for the academic 2021-2022 before the deadline, and submit your MyInfo application with your provisional offer letter of the academic year 2020-2021. We will then process your application without it having to go through the selection process again. 

    Please note that Master's programmes and tracks are subject to change every year, and we cannot guarantee that the programme you have applied to this year will have the same curriculum and entry requirements next year.

  • Register for the pre-Master in Studielink
  • 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 (we strongly advise against sending us original diplomas and transcripts). 

    Deadlines for sending certified documents:

    24 August (postponed from 1 August)

    Required certified documents


    • Graduation Statement. 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.
    • Upload proof of sufficient language proficiency that meets our requirements (English or Dutch, depending on the language of instruction of your programme), if you have not already.

    By post:

    • 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. Please do not send us the original documents as we are not responsible in case any documents get lost in the process. 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.

    Postal address:

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

    After your documents have been received and checked by the Admissions Office, this will be ticked off in the Enrolment checklist in SIS. After that, your tuition fee will be calculated. As soon as you have paid the tuition fees, your enrolment as a UvA student is complete.

    Are you studying at a Dutch institute for higher education?

    If you are an applicant at a Dutch institute for higher education (including the UvA), you need to contact the Admissions Office via as soon as your institution has registered your Bachelor’s programme graduation date in order for us to verify your graduation and finalise your pre-Master’s application.

    Will you receive your diploma after 31 August?

    If you graduate with a graduation date of before 31 August, but you actually receive your diploma after that date, please send a certified graduation statement including the final grades list to the Graduate School of Humanities. This must include the graduation date, the university or hogeschool stamp and the signature of someone from the home institution to be accepted. Please note that the graduation date must be before 1 September. 

  • Course registration

    Make sure you have registered for the pre-Master's programme in Studielink before 1 August. You will then automatically be placed in the compulsory courses in the first semester. This will be done around mid-August; you don't have to do anything yourself. 

    You can find the courses and timetables on

  • 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.

  • Attend the introduction

    There will be an introduction for all new pre-Master's students in the week before the start of the academic year. Because of the corona measures, it is not yet clear whether this meeting can take place this year. Please visit our website for new students for the latest information. 

  • Pay the tuition fee

    You must pay the tuition fee in order to complete your enrolment for a degree programme at the UvA. The tuition fee due for the pre-Master's programme will be calculated after your admission has been approved.

    The tuition fee for pre-Master's programmes in the academic year 2020-2021 is € 35.71 per EC, with a maximum of € 2,143. For a pre-Master's programme of 42 EC, the tuition fee amounts to € 1,499.82; for a 30 EC programme it amounts to € 1,071.30.

    For questions about the tuition fees, you can contact the Central Student Service Desk.

Humanities student website

Visit the Humanities student website for more information for new students: