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Application and admission

Application and admission

The application process for the Master's programmes that start in September 2020

You have chosen one of our Master’s programmes and you are about to apply. Please take the following steps to apply for a Master’s programme of the Graduate School of Humanities. We look forward to receiving your application.

Are you registered as a student at another Dutch university and do you need to enrol for an elective ('bijvak') at the UvA? Please follow the procedure for guest students ('bijvakstudenten').

Do you need to re-enrol after a temporary termination of studies? You will need to make an appointment with the study adviser first and then follow the re-enrolment procedure.

Application process

  • 1. Check deadlines

    Application deadline

    Type of applicant

    1 February 2020

    • All applicants to the Master's in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage

    1 March 2020

    • All applicants to Dual and Research Master's programmes
    • All applicants with a non-EU/EEA nationality

    15 May 2020

    • Applicants with a Dutch or other EU/EEA nationality* applying to non-selective Master's programmes

    Please note: the above deadlines are the dates by which you must submit your MyInfo application form. You must register in Studielink at least 48 hours ahead of this deadline.

    * If you are an applicant with an EU/EEA nationality and apply after 1 March 2020, you will not be able to apply for UvA student housing. For more information, please see our Housing website.

    Transfer to a Research Master's

    Students who wish to transfer to a Research Master's after the first semester need to complete the transfer procedure (overstapprocedure). If you wish to transfer to a Research Master's programme that starts on 1 February 2020, you must arrange for your transfer before 1 January 2020.

    Scholarships in the Humanities

    Students who wish to apply for the Amsterdam Merit Scholarship or Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship need to submit their MyInfo application for the Master’s programme and the scholarship application by 15 January 2020 at the latest. For more information, please see our page about scholarships.

    Extenuation of 1 March deadline

    Some programmes have extended their application deadline until 15 May. Please check the website of the programme of your choice.

    Please note the following: due to visa and residence permit regulations, only EU nationals are eligible to apply after 1 March.

  • 2. Check entry requirements

    Programme entry requirements

    Each Master’s programme has specific entry requirements. Before starting your application, please check the entry requirements of the Master's programme of your choice.

    Please note that your application will be assessed by the selection committee of the programme you applied to. The Admissions Office cannot make any statements on eligibility. We kindly refer you to the entry requirements found on the programme page.

    Language requirements

    English-taught programmes

    All students applying for an English-taught Master's programme are required to be proficient users of academic English before being allowed to enrol. For more information on how you can prove your language proficiency, please see our website:

    Dutch-taught programmes

    If you are an international student applying for a Dutch-taught Master's programme, you may be required to submit an NT2-II certificate. 

    For more information, please visit:

  • 3. Register in Studielink
  • 4. Activate your UvAnetID

    After submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, you will receive your UvAnetID by email within 48 hours. Follow the instructions in the email to activate your ID as you will need it to complete your UvA application in MyInfo (see next step).

    If you already have a UvAnetID, you can proceed to step 5. If you have not received an email within 48 hours, please make sure to check your spam box.

  • 5. Submit your UvA application form

    After registering in Studielink, you will automatically receive an email with a link to your MyInfo UvA application form. To log in to MyInfo you need your UvAnetID. Please fill out the application form, upload all required application documents and submit your MyInfo application form before the application deadline. For detailed information, please follow the link to further information on applying in MyInfo below.

    Before starting your application, please take the following into account:

    Deadline

    You need to submit your application before the application deadline applicable to you (please see step 1). Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

    Application documents

    As part of your application in MyInfo, you are required to upload transcripts, diplomas, a motivation form, a CV/resume, an English language test report (unless you are exempt) and programme-specific documents (if applicable). Please find more detailed information on our page on application documents.

    Application fee

    All applicants holding a nationality outside the EU/EEA are required to pay an application fee of €100 per Studielink enrolment before submitting your MyInfo application form. You will find payment instructions on your application form.

  • 6. Wait for admission decision

    Once we receive your complete application, it will be evaluated by our admissions committee. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. You will be notified about the admission decision by email within 6 to 8 weeks after the application deadline.

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.

    Accept

    You will receive more instructions on how to complete your enrolment in due time. For now, please read the steps below.

    Decline

    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.

    Defer

    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 www.uva.nl/questionform so that we can waive your application fee before you submit your application form.  

  • 8. Submit certified documents

    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:

    18 May - for applicants with a non-EU/EER nationality: proof of sufficient language proficiency
    1 August - for applicants with a EU/EER nationality: proof of sufficient language proficiency
    - for all applicants: certified Bachelor's diploma/Graduation Statement and final transcript of records*

    * In light of the corona crisis, the deadline to send in these documents for students with a non-EU/EER nationality has been postponed from 18 May to 1 August.

    Required certified documents

    Digitally:

    • 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

    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 uva.nl/questionform 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.

  • 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:

  • 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 www.rooster.uva.nl, 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.

  • 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. 

Humanities student website

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