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If you cannot find the answer to your inquiry about one of our (pre-)Master's programmes or the admissions procedure on this website, please first check whether you can find the answer in the FAQ below. If your question is not mentioned, you can contact the Admissions Office directly.

  • FAQ about applying

    Can I apply before having completed my Bachelor's?
    Many applicants to Master's programmes have not finished their previous education when they apply. If this applies to you, then you can upload a transcript of records with the courses and grades obtained so far. Make sure to also include a list of courses from your Bachelor's that you still need to complete. This applies to the scholarship applications as well. Please note that it is a strict requirement that students starting their Master's on 1 September, need to have obtained their Bachelor's degree on 31 August at the latest.

    Am I eligible?
    Unfortunately, the Admissions Office is not able to answer individual questions regarding eligibility. Once you have completed the application proces the Admissions Board will determine whether you are found eligible. The Admissions Board determines whether you are either admitted to the Master's programme, admitted to the pre-Master's programme or not admitted.

    Please note: only students who do not require a residence permit to study in the Netherlands might be found eligible for a pre-Master's programme.

    Can I apply for more than one Master's programme?
    Yes, you can apply for up to a maximum of four Master’s programmes. Some Master’s programmes offer different tracks. You may apply for a maximum of two tracks. If you wish to do so, you can select a second track in both Studielink and the MyInfo application form. Note that we will start by processing your first track. Only if you are not conditionally admitted to your first track will we continue to process your second track. If you are conditionally admitted to your first track, your application to the second track will be cancelled.

    When will I hear the admission decision?
    Most of our non-selective Master’s handle the concept of ‘rolling admissions’. This means you will receive your admission decision within six to eight weeks after you submitted your application. Most of our selective (research and dual) Master's programmes do not handle ‘rolling admissions’. For these programmes, we aim to inform you between six to eight weeks after the application deadline.

    What should I do if I deferred my offer for 2020-2021?
    If you deferred your offer for 2020-2021 because of the COVID19 situation, you still need to apply with a complete application dossier that meets our requirements for 2021-2022. To do so, take the following steps:

    • Submit an enrolment request in Studielink for the academic year 2021-2022; 
    • If you paid an application fee for your previous application, contact the Admissions Office so we can waive your application fee. Go to uva.nl/questionform and choose 'I have a question, comment or complaint'. Do not continue with the next step until we respond to your inquiry;
    • Fill in and submit your application form in MyInfo. You can upload the same application documents you submitted last year;
    • Immediately after submitting the application form, upload your 2020-2021 conditional acceptance email by clicking on the paperclip next to the Admission request on your MyInfo homepage;
    • If you want to make sure your application is processed quickly, please contact us when you have completed these steps.

    If you deferred a non-selective programme, we will process your application without it having to go through the selection process again.  

    Please note: Master's programmes and tracks are subject to change every year, and we cannot guarantee that the programme you deferred will have the same curriculum and entry requirements next year. For selective (dual and research) Master's programmes, a new selection takes place every year. This means you still need to go through the new selection process. You can nevertheless upload your conditional offer.

  • FAQ about language requirements

    Can I hand in my language test after the deadline?
    Our language requirements (English or Dutch, depending on your programme’s language of instruction) are extremely strict and unfortunately the Admissions Office is in no position to grant exemptions or to extend the application deadline for the language proficiency requirement. If you believe you have good reason to apply for exemption, we advise you to contact the Examination Board at your earliest possible convenience. Arranging your proof of language proficiency in time so you can have one during your application is the applicant’s responsibility.

    Do I have to take a language test?
    Unless you meet one of the criteria for automatic exemption from the language requirements, we need to receive a scan of a language test taken less than two years ago that meets our requirements or an official digital letter of exemption sent to you by our Examinations Board.

  • FAQ about pre-Master's programmes

    Am I eligible?
    Unfortunately, the Admissions Office is not able to answer individual questions regarding eligibility. Once you have completed the application proces the Admissions Board will determine whether you are found eligible. The Admissions Board determines whether you are either admitted to the Master's programme, admitted to the pre-Master's programme or not admitted.

    Please note: only students who do not require a residence permit to study in the Netherlands might be found eligible for a pre-Master's programme.

    When will I hear the admission decision?
    Our non-selective Master’s handle the concept of ‘rolling admissions’. This means you will receive your admission decision within six to eight weeks after you submitted your application. Most of our selective (research and dual) Master's programmes do not handling ‘rolling admissions’. For these programmes, we aim to inform you between six to eight weeks after the application deadline.

    How do I apply for a pre-Master’s programme?
    If you need to do a pre-Master’s programme in order to meet the entry requirements of the Master’s of your choosing, you must submit an enrolment application for the Master’s programme rather than for the pre-Master’s. The application deadline and requirements for a pre-Master’s corresponds to that of the Master’s you wish to do. 

  • FAQ about certified documents

    Do I need to send in certified documents?
    Yes, unless you completed your Bachelor's at a Dutch university. If you did, please send us a message via uva.nl/questionform when your graduation for your previous education is registered by your Dutch home university, or ask a representative of your Dutch university to send us an email with your Statement of Graduation and your full transcript of records.

    What is a certified document?
    A certified document is an official copy of the original document. Photocopies of an official document are therefore not the same as a certified copy of your documents. It must show your full name, the name of the institution that issued the document and the inked stamp of your school or university, and the signature of the representative working at this institution. Watch the video below to understand exactly what is meant by a certified document:

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    Certified Documents

    How can I send my certified documents? 
    We strongly prefer receiving your certified documents digitally. Please ask a representative of your university to send us your certified Graduation Statement/Diploma and your certified completed Transcript of Records to GSH-certified.docs@uva.nl.  

    In order to guarantee the verity of the digital documents, we do not accept digital documents sent by students and/or student email addresses. 

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, our colleagues are working from home, which means that we cannot be contacted via telephone. We would kindly like to ask you to send your question online instead, via the Digital Student Service Desk (link directly below), if you would like to get in touch with us. 

Ask your question online

The fastest way to get in touch with the Admissions Office is to submit your question online via the Digital Student Service Desk:

Postal address

University of Amsterdam
Admissions Office, Graduate School of Humanities
PO Box 93055, 1090 BB Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Examinations Board

There is one Examinations Board for all Master's programmes offered by the Graduate School of Humanities. The Examinations Board is responsible for the implementation and realisation of the 'Teaching and Examination Regulations for Master's Degrees' and monitors the quality of the exams.

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