Information for refugees

Prospective students: a Bachelor's or Master's programme

Refugees wishing to study at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) need to follow the same steps for application as all non-EU prospective UvA students. Be sure to state whether you are interested in a Bachelor's or Master's programme, your prior education, if you have already obtained any diplomas (and if so, which ones) and the languages in which you are proficient. If you meet the admission requirements, you can take part in an acclimatisation programme during the first semester of your studies alongside the regular course load. 


If you have any questions about studying at the UvA, you can look through our FAQ.

Do you already have an academic degree?

Refugees who have already earned an academic degree may be eligible for work experience training. For more information, please contact the Staff Immigration Office. Be sure to indicate which degree you hold and the type of work you wish to do.  In case you have to study a programme first, follow the same steps as for prospective students. 


In case you have any questions (for academic staff), please contact the Staff Immigration Office

  • drs. K. (Karin) Vlietstra

    Staff Immigration Office | T: 0205252595

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  • Mr M.P.M. (Marc) van Steekelenburg BA

    Staff Immigration Office | T: 0205258492

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2016 Open Day for Refugees

During the Open Day for Refugees on Monday, 20 June, the UvA and AUAS welcomed around 175 refugees who were interested in studying and working in the Netherlands.

During the open day, visitors were provided with information on the Dutch higher education system, legislation and regulations, entry requirements, financial support for students, and a work experience programme for graduates. After the information sessions, visitors were able to ask questions at the information fair, take part in a crash course in Dutch and a workshop on intercultural communication.

The UvA and AUAS were pleased to organise this day and may arrange additional information events for this refugees in the future. Keep your eye on this page for more information. The open day was made possible with the help and support of the Amsterdam University Fund (AUF) and CREA, the student cultural centre.

You can view photos of the day in the slideshow below. 

Refugees at open day 2016

Photos: Chris de Bode

UAF Logo

The UvA has a long history of partnership with the UAF (Foundation for Refugee Students) and was one initiators in the formation of the UAF in 1948. 

Published by  University of Amsterdam

6 June 2017