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Application and admission

Application and admission

The application process for the Master's programmes that start in September 2019

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 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 2019

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

    1 March 2019

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

    15 May 2019

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

    * If you are an applicant with an EU/EEA nationality and wish to apply for housing, you must submit your application by 1 March 2019.

    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). The deadline for transfer to a Research Master's per 1 February 2019 has passed.

    Scholarships in the Humanities

    It is no longer possible to apply for a scholarship for the academic year 2019-2020, the deadline of 15 January has passed. The information about scholarships for the academic year 2020-2021 will appear in the autumn of 2019.

  • 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.

    Overview of Master's programmes

    English language requirements

    All students applying for an English-taught Master's programme are required to be proficient users of academic English before being allowed to enroll. Please carefully check whether you need to take an official English language test or whether you already meet the English language requirements.

    English language requirements

    Applying for a Dutch-taught programme as an international student

    If you are an international student applying for a Dutch-taught Master's programme, you may be required to submit an NT2 certificate. If this applies to you, you will be informed of this in your conditional acceptance letter.

  • 3. Register in Studielink

    All students applying for a Master’s programme at the University of Amsterdam will need to start their application by submitting an enrolment application in Studielink. Studielink is the national online system for students who would like to pursue a degree programme at a Dutch university.

    Please make sure you register for the correct Master's in Studielink (download the Studielink overview (PDF) to see which Master's corresponds with the programme of your choice). It takes up to 48 hours to receive your login information, so please make sure you register in time to complete your UvA application in MyInfo (see step 5) before the application deadline (see step 1). 

    1. Check your DigiD (before starting in Studielink)

    A DigiD (Digital Identification) is an online ID (username and password) that provides access to government administration websites.

    • Students who do not live in the Netherlands can use Studielink without a DigiD.
    • Students who currently live in the Netherlands will need their DigiD to use Studielink. We strongly recommend that you apply for your DigiD at least three weeks before registering in Studielink.

    2. Read the step-by-step guide to Studielink

    Before submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, read the 'Step-by-step guide to Studielink'. Please see:

    More information about Studielink

  • 4. Activate your UvAnetID

    After submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, you will receive an email with 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 enrolling 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:


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

    English language requirements

    In your MyInfo application you will need to upload an English language test score report that meets the English language requirements of the Graduate School of Humanities.

    Before starting your application in MyInfo, make sure you check the English language requirements on the Graduate School of Humanities website.

    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.

    Application documents

    As part of your application in MyInfo, you are required to upload transcripts, diplomas, a motivation letter, a CV/resume, an English language test report (unless you are exempt) and programme-specific documents (if applicable). Please find detailed information on the application documents you need to upload in MyInfo on the Graduate School of Humanities website.

  • 6. Wait for admission decision

    Once we receive your complete application, it will be evaluated by our admissions committee. Late applications will not be considered. You will be notified about the admission decision by email. The complete admission process can take up to 8 weeks after the 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.

    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 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.

    Please note that if the original language of your documents is in another language than English, Dutch, German, Spanish or French, these documents must be translated into English by sworn translators 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:

    Universiteit van Amsterdam
    Graduate School of Humanities, Admissions Office (room 0.11)
    Spuistraat 134
    1012 VB 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.

  • 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:

    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 2019/2020 will be released in May 2019. 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 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. More information about the START appointment

    Faculty introduction meeting
    At the Faculty introduction meeting, which will take place in the week before the start of the semester, 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.
    For more information, check the website for new students at the Faculty of Humanities.

    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. 

    Programme specific introduction
    Most Master's programmes organise a Programme specific introduction during the Intreeweek. If applicable to your programme, you will receive an invitation from your Programme Coordinator separately.