If you would like to do a Master's degree programme taught in Dutch, you must meet the Dutch language requirements. You can either meet these requirements if the exemption criteria below apply to you, or, if they do not, you can fulfil the Dutch language requirements by successfully taking a language proficiency examination in Dutch. The deadline for submitting the Dutch language test is 1 August.
The following documents are accepted as proof of sufficient command of the Dutch language, and therefore exempt you from taking the language proficiency examination. If you have obtained any of these documents, please upload these in MyInfo. This will automatically result in an exemption; you don't have to submit a formal exemption request.
If you do not possess any of the documents above, but you have good reasons to believe you should be exempted from taking an official Dutch language test, you will have to submit a formal exemption request (see below).
In all other cases you must take the Dutch as Second Language (NT2-II) state examination.
If you do not fit any of the categories listed above, but you have good reasons to believe you should be exempted from taking an official Dutch language test, you will need to ask formal permission from the Examinations Board.
Please note: you may only request a formal exemption from the Examinations Board after you have registered in Studielink for the correct Master’s programme and have gathered all your application documents, you have started your Humanities Master's application and have uploaded all the required application documents in MyInfo.
|Non-EU nationals||16 January|
|EU nationals||1 April|
Your Master’s application will only be processed once you have received and uploaded a formal exemption letter to MyInfo, and submitted your Master’s application. If you have not received a response from the Examinations Board by the application deadline, you are required to submit a copy of your exemption request to the Examination Board, showing the date you submitted this request. Please upload this email to your MyInfo page before submitting your application. If you submit an application in MyInfo without your proof of exemption letter, your proof of your exemption request or a Dutch language test report that meets our requirements, your application will not be considered.
Please note that:
Dutch language courses are offered at the Institute for Dutch Language Education (INTT) of the UvA. Students will be admitted to these courses only if the evaluation of their diploma or diplomas shows that preparatory education is sufficient for admission to the university.
The deadline for submitting the Dutch language test is 1 August.
The course takes place four times a year. If you are an absolute beginner, it is recommended that you start the Dutch language course in September. It will take you approximately one year before you have a sufficient command of the Dutch language to pass the required state examination 'Dutch as a second language, programme II' (NT2-II).
There is a special summer course for German students. Experience has shown that most German students are able to learn Dutch within two months. The INTT summer course is a six-week course. Approximately 75 per cent of students pass the state examination after this course.
There is currently no on-site education at the UvA. Courses of the Institute for Dutch Language Education (INTT) will continue online. The teaching practice and teaching method are adapted to the special circumstances in which we now live but the course content and learning objectives remain the same. For more information, visit the INTT website.
Students who have completed an English-taught Bachelor's programme (or the first year thereof) at a Dutch university of applied sciences (hbo) can take an intensive Dutch language course at the Institute for Dutch Language Education (INTT) of the UvA in order to prepare for the NT2-II exam.
If you have completed a Dutch-taught hbo Bachelor's programme or propedeuse, you are exempt from taking a Dutch language test.
To find information about preparing for the NT2-II Dutch language proficiency exam in your own country, please visit the Study in Holland website.
If you are looking to enrol in a Master's programme taught in English and would like to find out about the accompanying English language requirements, please follow the link below.