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Latin American Studies

Application & admission

The post-initial Master’s programme in Latin American Studies is primarily intended for students with a Master’s degree in the social sciences and humanities. Applicants with a Master’s degree in a different field and good students with a Bachelor’s degree may also apply, but are asked to write a research proposal as part of their application.

Student profile

All potential candidates are required to show verifiable knowledge and experience in the areas of Latin American studies, and, upon admission, must have sufficient knowledge of English and Spanish (or possibly Portuguese) to be able to study the required literature and conduct fieldwork.

Please note that in case of doubt, other applicants can be asked to prepare a research proposal as well. Applicants may also be advised to study certain literature or to follow a course before the start of the programme to meet admission requirements.

How to apply 

Our application process is open throughout the year, though there are some important deadlines. For students seeking a Nuffic scholarship the application deadline is 1 February.

For all other students, the updated deadlines for application to the Master's programme in Latin American Studies 2021-2022 are:

Applicants who need an entry visa and residence permit

In order to leave enough time for immigration, the application deadline for applicants who need an entry visa and residence permit will remain 1 May.  

Applicants with EU nationality 

Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, the application deadline for these applicants was 1 May. The new application deadline is 1 June.

You can send in your application via the form below. Make sure to send us the following documents: 

  • A letter containing your motivation and research idea (in English)
  • Your curriculum vitae (in English)
  • Copies of your university degrees and academic transcripts (in English, Dutch, Spanish or Portuguese)

Applicants without a Master’s degree in the social sciences or humanities and those applying directly from their Bachelor’s should also include a brief research proposal. Please find the guidelines for this proposal here (PDF). When in doubt whether you are expected to hand in a research proposal, please contact the education secretariat.

Admission is based on the acceptance of your application documentation and an intake interview with the programme’s coordinator at CEDLA or via Skype.

Classes always start in the first week of September.

If you have any questions about the Application procedure or which deadline applies to you, please contact us at: E:
T: +31 (0)20 525 2521


If you do not meet the entry requirements above, for example if you have a degree from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) or an equivalent thereof, you may be eligible for admission after completing the pre-Master's programme Latin American Studies.