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Application and admission

After (conditional) admission to a Master's programme

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


After (conditional) admission

  • 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.


    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.

    Non-selective programmes
    If you wish to defer to the academic year 2021-2022, please undertake the following steps (between October 2020 and January 2021) for a non-selective programme:

    1. Register in Studielink for the academic year 2021-2022
    2. Contact the Admissions Office so we can waive your application fee
    3. Submit your MyInfo application with your provisional offer letter of the academic year 2020-2021
    4. Inform the Admissions Office that you’ve submitted your application. 

    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. 

    Selective programmes
    For selective (dual and research) Master's programmes, a new selection takes place every year. This means you still need to go through the selection process next year. If you wish to re-apply next academic year (2021-2022), we highly encourage you to include your provisional offer letter in your new application. Additionally, before you submit your new MyInfo application form, you are welcome to contact the Admissions Office through so that we can waive your application fee before you submit your application form.  

  • 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 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:

    for applicants with a non-EU/EER nationality

    • proof of sufficient language proficiency: 18 May
    • certified Bachelor's diploma/Graduation Statement and final transcript of records: 1 August (in light of the corona crisis, this deadline has been postponed from 18 May to 1 August).

    for applicants with a EU/EER nationality

    • proof of sufficient language proficiency: 24 August (postponed from 18 May)
    • certified Bachelor's diploma/Graduation Statement and final transcript of records: 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.

    If, due to the COVID19 situation, you are not able to submit your certified documents by post, please check this page for alternative solutions.

    Postal address:

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

    Are you studying at a Dutch university?

    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.

  • 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:

  • 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:

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

  • 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

    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. 

    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 Tuesday, 25 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. 

Humanities student website

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