How to register

Students not enrolled in a regular degree programme at the UvA, but who are interested in taking an UvA course, may enrol as a guest student.

  • Enrolling as a guest student is only applicable to students from outside the UvA who would like to enrol in one or more courses at the UvA.
  • Students that are currently enrolled in a regular degree programme at the UvA do not have to re-enrol as a guest in order to register for elective courses.
  • Please note: At the Faculty of Law, if you wish to enrol in an elective course at the Master’s level, you must hold a completed university-level Bachelor’s degree certificate in Law or have completed a pre-Master’s programme in Law at the UvA. You must also meet any additional entry requirements for that specific course.

Dutch students

Other procedures may apply. Please use the link below to read more about enrolling for an elective course in Dutch.

International students

You must be currently registered as a student at a university in the Netherlands to enrol as an elective student at the UvA. Please read the information below carefully before starting the process to enrol in an elective course.

1. Find your course in Studielink

  • First, you should enrol for an elective course via Studielink. To do so, find the study programme in Studielink to which your elective course belongs and select the programme option marked ‘(optional course / bijvak)'. Enrolment for elective courses can be requested throughout the year, and is not limited to the start of a new semester.
  • Even if you have already enrolled for an elective at the UvA in the past, you should still re-enrol via Studielink at the start of each new academic year (September).
  • To find the study programme to which an elective course belongs, consult the UvA Course Catalogue. If you are not sure which one is the correct one, you can also contact the Student Service Desk via  the link below.

2a. Check your qualification: Bachelor's programme

  • If you have not obtained a diploma in the Netherlands, your foreign diploma needs to be verified by one of the student counsellors at the UvA in order to obtain a so-called ‘Beschikking’ (admissions statement for the optional course).
  • Please see step 4 below for the required documents for your admission as a guest student at the UvA

2b. Check your qualification: Master's programme

  • If you have not obtained a diploma in the Netherlands, your foreign diploma needs to be verified by the Graduate School which offers the Master's programme of the optional course of your choice.
  • You can find the contact details in the vertical menu in the left column after choosing the correct Master's programme.
  • If you already know which Graduate School offers the Master's programme, you can find contact details via the link below.

3. Confirm proof of payment

  • Students enrolled in an elective course are not required to pay tuition fees, provided they pay the statutory tuition fee at their own institution. The UvA requires confirmation of this in the form of an original Proof of Payment (Bewijs Betaald Collegegeld) from your institution. This receipt must clearly state that it has been issued for the purpose of registration at the UvA.
  • If you have not paid the statutory tuition fee at your institution, different rules apply. Please see the Enrolment Provisions for the University of Amsterdam attached below or contact the Student Service Desk.

4. Submit the required documents

Please hand in the following documents at the Student Service Desk to finalise your enrolment:

  • Admission letter you have received for enrolment at your home university
  • Original Proof of Payment (Bewijs Betaald Collegegeld)
  • A list of the UvA courses you would like to do. Please include the exact course name(s) and course code(s). You can find these in the UvA course catalogue.
  • A copy of a valid proof of identity (please note that a driving licence is not valid)

Be sure to cite your UvA student ID number (which you will receive through email after submitting your enrolment request in Studielink) on all documents. If you have not received a student ID number within five days of your enrolment application in Studielink, you can also request one from the Student Service Desk at +31(0)20 525 1401


Student Services postal address 

  • University of Amsterdam
    Student Services
    attn. Admissions office
    P.O. Box 15832
    1001 NH  Amsterdam
    The Netherlands

5. Enrol for your course

Once you have completed the above steps, you can enrol online for courses in your study programme.

Medicine and Dentistry

It is not possible to enrol for an elective course in Medicine or Dentistry.


If you wish to do an elective in Psychology, you should enrol for courses by sending an email to the Psychology student desk.

Master’s programmes in Humanities

If you wish to enrol for an elective at the Graduate School for Humanities (GSH), you should first contact the Graduate School office via email.

Economic's and Business

If you wish to do an elective in Economics and Business, you should check the Economic's and Business students website.

Faculty of Science

If you wish to enrol for an elective at the Faculty of Science (FNWI), you should first contact the Science Park Service Desk via the email link below.

This applies to optional courses in the following Bachelor's programmes:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Sciences
  • Information Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Psychobiology and
  • Physics and Astronomy.


And the following Master's programmes:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Computational Science
  • Earth Sciences
  • Forensic Science
  • Information Studies
  • Life Sciences
  • Logic
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Mathematics and Science Education
  • Physics
  • Stochastics and Financial Mathematics
  • Software Engineering and
  • System and Network Engineering.

Published by  University of Amsterdam

4 September 2017