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Application and admission

After (conditional) admission

If you have been (conditionally) accepted to the 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 Master's programme of the Graduate School of Humanities.


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.

    It is possible to select the option 'defer' when you receive your offer. However, please be aware that the Graduate School of Humanities does not offer deferrals in the traditional sense of the word. If you choose to defer, you must fully re-apply in Studielink and MyInfo next year while observing the regular application deadlines. Admission in the following year is not guaranteed: you may receive a different admission decision.

    Please note that the admission procedures and required documents may be different in the next academic year. Admission procedures and requirements are updated on our website in October. We do encourage you to upload your offer letter from the previous academic year along with the other required documents.

  • 8. Submit certified documents (if applicable)

    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. If the original language of your documents is in another language than English, Dutch, German or French, then your documents must be translated into English by a sworn translator 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

    Postal address:

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

    * 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.

    Are you a UvA student?

    Applicants completing their Bachelor's at the UvA do not need to send in certified documents. The Admissions Office can verify your graduation date in SiS. Please inform the Admissions Office once you have received notice from the Education Desk or AUC Registrar that you have graduated. Please note that you need to have requested your diploma before 1 July in order to officially graduate before 1 September and be fully admitted to the Master's programme.

  • 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. 

    More information:

    Download our Housing Information Booklet (PDF)

    Practical matters for 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 2020/2021 will be released in May 2020. On, you can enter your courses and see your own (weekly) timetable.

    More information:

    Register for courses

    For questions regarding course registration, please contact the Education Desk via the Digital Student Service Desk.

    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 will organise several mandatory and optional introduction sessions before the start of the semester. 

    START appointment
    During the individual Start appointment, you will be able to collect your student ID card and check the status of your enrolment. For more information about the START appointment, please follow this link.

    Faculty introduction meeting
    At the Faculty introduction meeting 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 introduction meeting for new Master's students at the Faculty of Humanities will take place on Monday, 24 August. You will be invited by email.

    Programme specific introduction
    Most Master's programmes organise a programme-specific introduction during the Intreeweek. If your programme is among those that do, you will receive an invitation from your programme coordinator separately. 

    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. This year's Intreeweek takes place from 24-28 August.

Humanities student website

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

New students