Students applying for an English-taught Master's programme must show proof of the language requirements of the Graduate School of Humanities. You can meet the requirements either automatically (based on your previous education), by taking an officially approved language test or by being granted a formal exemption.
Applying for a Dutch-taught programme? Check the Dutch language requirements.
You automatically meet the English language requirements if you possess one of the following diplomas before the start of the programme on 1 September. In this case you do not need to upload and English language score report in your MyInfo application.
Unless your previous education exempts you (see above), you will need to submit an English language test as part of your application in MyInfo before the application deadline.
The Graduate School of Humanities only accepts English language tests taken within the past two years, counted from the moment that you submit your application. English language test results that do not meet our requirements will not be considered, and will result in a rejection of your application.
English language tests and minimum scores we accept:
Minimum overall score: 95, with a minimum score of:
TOEFL iBT Home Edition is accepted for applications for the academic year 2021-2022. TOEFL MyBest scores are not accepted.
The TOEFL institution code for the University of Amsterdam is 9011. Students will need to enter this code on their answer sheets when taking the exam. If asked for a department code, please indicate none, or 99 (any department not listed).
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.
If you have good reasons to believe you should be exempted from taking an official English language test, you will need to file an official exemption request at the UvA Examinations Board. For instance, when English is the language of instruction of your previous education and you do not meet the requirement to become automatically exempt. If this applies to you, make sure to add a statement about the language of instruction from your educational institution.
You may only request a formal exemption after you have submitted a complete application dossier with all required application documents. After submitting your application, upload the confirmation of your exemption request as an extra document in MyInfo by clicking on the paperclip. Such confirmation will prevent us from closing your application as incomplete.
Applicants for a 1 March deadline
Applicants for a 15 May deadline
Exemption requests may take up to 4 weeks to process. Please note that: