Applying for a degree programme

Applying for a programme

There are several steps involved in the admissions process – from checking the entry requirements and submitting your application to ultimately being enrolled at the UvA. The steps and deadlines may differ depending on which type of programme you wish to apply to. 

Key steps for admission to the UvA

  • Submit a request for registration through Studielink;
  • Be fully admitted to the programme of your choice;
  • Pay the tuition fee;
  • Submit proof of legal residency

Application process for Master’s programmes  

Application process for Bachelor's programmes (step-by-step)

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Check entry requirements: deadlines

The deadlines for completing your application to start your degree in September:

Applicants for selective programmes with fixed quota (Numerus Fixus) Business Administration (English-taught) 15 January
  Biomedische wetenschappen (Dutch-taught)  
  Geneeskunde (Dutch-taught)  
  Kunstmatige Intelligentie (Dutch-taught)  
  Psychobiologie (Dutch-taught)  
  Psychology (English-taught)  
  Tandheelkunde (Dutch-taught)  
Applicants for selective programmes Liberal Arts & Sciences 1 February
  PPLE (Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics) 1 March
Applicants for other Bachelor's programmes If applying from non-EU/EEA countries 1 April
  If applying from EU/EEA countries (including the Netherlands) 1 May

In order for your application to be processed for admission, you must:

  • submit an enrolment application for the Bachelor’s programme in Studielink at least one week before the deadline;
  • submit a complete application file via MyInfo/Embark for the Bachelor’s programme before the deadline.

Please note: the application deadlines for scholarships may vary and could be earlier than our application deadline

Check entry requirements: selective programmes

Two of our Bachelor’s programmes apply selection procedures due to their small-scale and intensive approach. You can find more information on the selection procedure and application deadlines on the programme webpages.

Selective programmes with fixed quotas (Numerus Fixus)

The UvA offers several programmes with limited places and an enrolment quota. Because they can only accommodate a fixed number of students, these programmes carry out a selection process to determine which students are admitted.

The application deadline for such programmes is 15 January. More information about the entry requirements and application process can be found on the programme webpages.

How does ‘selective admission with a fixed quota’ work?

Registration and selection

You will need to apply for these programmes through Studielink, the central university registration system of the Netherlands. Application is open from 1 October until 15 January.

If the number of students who apply for a programme exceeds the number of available places, a selection procedure will take place between 15 January and 15 April.

Applicants participating in the selection procedure will be assigned a ranking number by Studielink on 15 April based on their results. Depending on your ranking number and the number of places available, you may or may not be offered a place.

Places offered

If you are offered a place, you will have to accept this place via Studielink within two weeks. If you don’t accept the place within two weeks, your place will be automatically assigned to another student.

If you are not offered a place immediately, there is still a chance that you will be offered a place later, if one or more selected students do not accept their place. These places will then become available for the next student in line.

Check entry requirements: prior education

Students applying to one of our Bachelor’s programmes should hold a Dutch VWO diploma, HBO propedeuse or comparable equivalent from your country. If you have foreign credentials, mathematics and English should be included in your final examination or attended until the last year.

The starting level of a regular study programme at Dutch universities is comparable to that of other Western European countries, but it is generally higher than in most countries outside Western Europe.

Check your diploma

  • If you are applying to an English-taught programme, please check our diploma overview to see if your prior education meets the entrance requirements.
  • If you are applying to a Dutch-taught programme, please check our list of approved qualifications to see whether your prior foreign education meets the general entrance requirements.

If your diploma is not included in this list, your credentials will be assessed by our trained diploma evaluators. They can only assess complete applications and cannot give indications about admissibility through email.

Please note: Meeting the basic entry requirements does not guarantee a place in a selective programme. Our Bachelor’s programmes in PPLE and in Liberal Arts and Sciences have a competitive selection procedure: only the best candidates from all applicants are selected for admission.

Check entry requirements: language proficiency

If you are not a native English speaker, you will need to demonstrate English proficiency in order to be eligible for our English-taught programmes. Similarly, for Dutch-taught programmes, all non-native Dutch speakers should demonstrate sufficient proficiency.

Students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and undertake written work in English or Dutch (depending on the programme language). Non-native speakers of English are required to submit a valid English test score. The test must have been taken less than two years before the start date of the programme.

Minimum test scores

Test centres Selective programmes (minimum score) All other programmes (minimum score) Dutch-taught programmes (for applicants with a foreign diploma)
IELTS 7 (subscores: 7) 6.5 (subscores 6)  
TOEFL 100 (subscores: 24) 92 (subscores: 22)  
Cambridge 183, CAE B, CPRE C 170, CAE C, CPE C  
NT2 (Dutch)     NT2 state exam


The following applicants are exempted from the English test:

  • Dutch VWO diploma holders;
  • Dutch four-year HBO degree certificate holders;
  • Applicants with the following previous education
  • native English speakers (those who have obtained their diploma in Australia, Canada (with the exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States of America)

Applicants with a Dutch HBO-propaedeutic diploma can check their eligibility in the Enrolment Provisions.

Taking your English language test

  • Take enough time to prepare for the test.
  • Remember to take the test before the application deadline.
  • If your score is insufficient, you can do a resit before the application deadline. However, you cannot be admitted to a programme if your test scores do not meet our requirements..

Test centres

  • TOEFL (the code for sending your score report in online is 9011, University of Amsterdam)
  • Cambridge

Submit enrolment application in Studielink

Before you can apply to the UvA, you will need to submit an enrolment application in Studielink. Studielink is the national online system for students who would like to pursue a degree programme at a Dutch university. 

Check your DigiD (before starting in Studielink)

A DigiD (Digital Identification) is an online ID (username and password) that provides access to government administration websites.

  • Students who do not live in the Netherlands can use Studielink without a DigiD.
  • Students who currently live in the Netherlands will need their DigiD to use Studielink. Make sure you have a working DigID in time; check if you still remember your password or apply for a new account well in advance of the application deadline for your programme.

Read the step-by-step guide to Studielink

Before starting your enrolment application in Studielink, read the 'Step-by-step guide to Studielink'.

Submit enrolment application in Studielink


Activate your UvAnetID

After submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, you will receive an email with your UvanetID. Follow the instructions in the email to activate your ID as you will need it to complete your UvA application.

Please note: after submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, it may take up to 48 hours before you receive your UvAnetID. Make sure you register in Studielink well in advance so you do not miss the application deadline.

Submit your UvA application form

After registering in Studielink, you will receive an email from the University of Amsterdam (this may take up to 48 hours) with an invitation to our online application system. This is where you will submit your application to the programme of your choice.

As part of the online application, we will ask you to submit the following documents:

  • Transcripts and diplomas for secondary and, if applicable, higher education. If you have not yet obtained your diploma, please submit all grades obtained up until the very moment of application as well as your predicted grades. If the diploma and/or transcripts are not in English, Dutch, French or German, please send in an official translation as well as the original document;
  • Language test score (if applicable);
  • Letter of motivation (if applicable);
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Letter of reference (if applicable).

Wait for admission decision

The admissions committee will only review complete applications. Once your application has been reviewed, you will receive an email notifying you whether you have been (conditionally) admitted to the programme.  

Bachelor’s programmes (non-selective)

Applications to non-selective programmes are processed using rolling admissions: if you apply early, you can expect your admissions decision early. If your qualifications are included in our List of countryqualifications, you can expect your admissions decision within one to two weeks. Full review and verification of qualifications not on this list may take up to eight weeks.

Bachelor’s programmes (selective)

Students applying to a selective programme or to a selective programme with a fixed quota can check the webpage of their programme for notification dates.

Scholarship application

If you need early notification of admission for scholarship purposes, please contact us well in advance of your scholarship deadline. Timely handling will always be aimed for, but cannot be guaranteed. 

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Accept or decline offer

Once you have been (conditionally) accepted, you will have to confirm to secure your place in the programme. For some programmes you will automatically receive a link to our acceptance form, for other programmes you will need to log in to the digital system to accept or decline the offer.  

If you are waiting on additional administrative procedures that will affect your decision to accept or decline the offer (for instance, waiting on a scholarship decision), accept the offer, as it will allow you to continue with enrolment procedures while you wait for the administrative processes to be completed. Filling in the acceptance form is very important, as enrolment procedures, such as visa or housing applications are triggered by the confirmation of your acceptance.

UvA Matching for international students

UvA Matching (Online Programme Fit) for international students is an introduction to the Bachelor’s programme to which you are applying. This Online Programme Fit is a mandatory part of the application procedure for all prospective Bachelor’s students who have completed their prior education at a non-Dutch educational institution. This includes prospective students applying with an International Baccalaureate obtained in the Netherlands.

Submit certified documents

Once you have been conditionally admitted, you will need to submit certified copies of your transcript, diploma and English test result (if needed).

A certified copy is a copy of the original document where an original stamp and signature needs to be placed by your school/university or by an authorized notary, you don't need an apostille stamp. The copies of your degrees and transcripts need to be certified copies.

Your admissions decision will state which documents to send and the deadline for submission. Certified copies of your original diplomas and/or transcripts can be sent to:

Admissions Office, Central Student Administration
University of Amsterdam
Weesperzijde 190
1097DZ Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Special arrangements for the following diplomas:

International Baccalaureate Ask your Diploma Programme Coordinator to request Digital Service from the IB or visit the IBO website for more information.
Pearson/Edexce IGCSE and/or A levels Apply for the Early Result Service via Pearson-Edexcel or contact
AQA GCSE and/or A levels Apply for provisional certificates sent directly to us via your Exam Centre or your school counselor.
Cambridge International Examinations Apply for the digital service via with the following details: your Cambridge Exam Centre, your candidate number, your date of birth, relevant examination.

Register for immigration, housing, start appointment

If you are an international student, you will need to arrange a variety of practical matters before starting your studies. This includes your visa or residence permit, insurance and housing. You will receive an email with more information about this after you have been admitted.

UvA Student Services organizes a start appointment every year (free of charge) for international students. At the Start Appointment you will get assistance finalising your enrolment and, if applicable, your residence permit application, registering with the municipality, opening a bank account and more. You will receive an invitation for the Start Appointment via email.

Pay tuition fee

You must pay the tuition fee in order to complete your enrolment for a degree programme at the UvA. Find out more about how to pay the tuition fees.

Introduction days

In the week before the academic year starts, most programmes organise compulsory introduction days. More detailed information about the introduction days will be sent to you in July.

Request student ID card

A student ID card is a personal card which serves as proof of identity for examinations or borrowing library books. You will receive instructions on how to request your student ID card by email. If you complete the request in time, your card will be waiting for you at your Start Appointment when you arrive in the Netherlands.

More information 

Information for refugees

Refugees wishing to study at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) must follow the same application procedure and meet the same entry requirements as all prospective UvA students who come from outside the European Union.

If you are not able to submit proof of the diplomas you hold, please make sure to contact us far in advance of the deadline for your programme so we can explore your options.

Published by  University of Amsterdam

3 December 2018