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