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Applying to the UvA

Have you found a programme that you like and are you wondering how to apply? We'll give you some tips and tricks on how to navigate the admissions process at the UvA.

All applications for a study programme are submitted online. The application deadlines differ per programme but generally fall between 1 February and 1 April. Programmes with an enrolment restriction or fixed quota have an earlier deadline of 15 January. The entry requirements also diffee per programme. Visit the webpage for the programme of your choice to see the specific application procedure and get started with your application.

Videos: How to apply in 10 steps & student tips for applying

FAQ: Application & admission

  • What is the admission procedure for selective programmes with fixed quotas (Numerus Fixus)?

    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 of the selection process. 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.

    Find out what the deadlines for application are and what specific Numerus Fixus programmes the UvA offers.

  • Where can I find the entry requirements for my particular situation?

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

    • Diploma(s) and transcript(s) of grades for secondary and, if applicable, higher education.

    If you have not yet obtained your diploma, please submit your most recent transcript of grades as well as your predicted grades (if available). If your diploma and transcript are not in English, Dutch, French or German, please send in an official translation as well.

    • English language proficiency test certificate
    • Curriculum vitae / resume
    • Letter of motivation (only applicable for the Bachelor's programme in Communication Science)
    • Letter of reference (only applicable for the Bachelor's programme in Communication Science)

    Please visit uva.nl/application for more information about submitting your application.

  • Can I be exempted from taking the English proficiency test?

    The UvA requires all applicants to submit proof of sufficient proficiency in English (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR): level C1.

    Applicants who meet at least one of the following requirements can be exempted from taking an English proficiency test.

    1. By completing English-taught secondary education in Australia, Canada (with the exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States of America;
    2. By passing a secondary education exam from this list of preapproved exams, including English language as a part of the curriculum;
    3. By obtaining an International Baccalaureate diploma;
    4. By obtaining a European Baccalaureate diploma, with the subject English as first or second language (minimum final score result: 6);
    5. By submitting a valid English language proficiency test certificate. Please see below for the accepted tests and minimum scores.

    Please visit the application website for the minimum test scores and deadlines for submitting your English proficiency test results.