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Meet the language requirements

For English-taught Master's programmes

Students applying for an English-taught Master's programme must meet the language requirements of the Graduate School of Humanities and provide an English language test report. Applicants with a Bachelor's degree from a Dutch academic (non-hbo) university are exempt from providing an English language test report (see 'Exemptions' below).

  • English language test requirements

    Unless you are exempt, you will need to submit an English language test as part of your UvA application in MyInfo before the application deadline. Only submit your MyInfo application if you have obtained an English language test score report that meets our requirements. 

    The Graduate School of Humanities only accepts English language tests taken within the past two years. English language test results that do not meet our requirements will not be considered, and will result in a rejection of your application. Submitting insufficient language test results or failing to upload a sufficient test score report when you submit your application in MyInfo will result in a rejection of your application.

    Please note that we only require a digital copy of your English language test report. We will be able to verify it online. We do not accept hard copies of English language test reports.

    English language tests and minimum scores we accept:

    IELTS Academic 7 overall, minimum 6.5 on each sub-score

    Chinese applicants are recommended to do the IELTS (academic) language test in order to apply for the NESO Certificate. Students are strongly encouraged to make early preparations for the test.
    TOEFL iBT 95, with a minimum score of:
    Reading: 24
    Listening: 22
    Speaking: 25
    Writing: 24

    The TOEFL institution code for the University of Amsterdam is 9011. Students will need to enter this code on their answer sheets when sitting for the examination. If asked for a department code, please indicate none, or 99 (any department not listed).

    Cambridge International Examinations

    Minimum of C1 (CAE) with a minimum score of 190

    If you have taken a Cambridge Exam, please also include the secret code and Cambridge ID in your MyInfo application for verification purposes.
  • Exemptions

    You do not need to upload an English language score report in your MyInfo application if, before the start of the programme on 1 September:

    • You will have obtained a Bachelor's degree at an accredited Dutch academic university. Students who have completed their degree at a Dutch university of applied sciences (hbo) are not exempt.
    • You will have obtained a Bachelor's degree at a university in one of the following countries: USA, Canada (with the exception of Québec), the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand. If you completed a Master's degree in one of these countries but obtained your Bachelor's degree elsewhere, you are not automatically exempt.
    • You have an English-taught International Baccalaureate diploma.
  • Formal exemption request

    If you do not fit into any of the above categories, but have good reasons to believe you should be exempted from taking an official English language test, you will need to ask formal permission from the Examinations Board. You may only request a formal exemption from the Examinations Board after you have registered in Studielink for the correct Master’s programme. 

    Deadline for formal exemption request:

    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 your 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 an English language test report that meets our requirements, your application will not be considered.

    Please note that:

    • Exemption requests may take up to 6 weeks to process. Your MA application will not be processed until the exemption request has been finalised. It is the student’s own responsibility to arrange a timely exemption request.
    • You will need to submit a formal request for exemption to the Examinations Board, accompanied by formal and independent reports that may be considered equivalents of our English language admission requirements. Personal statements do not suffice.
    • Not all English-taught university education will lead to an exemption.
    • If you have taken multiple English language tests, and on each of these tests you do not meet the required scores for different components, this will not be considered as sufficient basis to receive an exemption.
    • If you are granted a formal exemption, upload the email on your MyInfo page as soon as possible.

    Please note: the form to request a formal exemption will be available soon, and no later than 1 November.

Dutch language requirements 

If you are looking to enrol in a Master's programme taught in Dutch and would like to find out about the accompanying Dutch language requirements, please follow the link below.