UvA Matching

UvA Matching is a mandatory part of the application procedure for all prospective Bachelor’s students who have completed their prior education at a Dutch educational institution.

What is UvA Matching? Information for prospective students

During UvA Matching you will take part in the study programme of your chosen Bachelor’s degree. This includes attending lectures and reviewing course materials. You will finish UvA Matching with a test. You will then receive personal advice on the basis of your test results. This will help you determine whether this study programme is a good fit for you and whether you have the motivation and study skills to start the programme in September.

The programme includes:

  • A teaching day: you will attend lectures at the UvA
  • Independent study: you will study the course materials
  • A test


UvA Matching will take place in the following periods:

  • Early round: Friday, 3 February to Monday, 13 February 2017 (not all programmes offer UvA Matching during this period)
  • June round:  Tuesday, 30 May to Tuesday, 13 June 2017

You can find the exact dates per programme on the programme description pages from mid-December. After registering in Studielink you will automatically receive an email with an invitation to register for UvA Matching.

Who is it for?

Participation in UvA Matching is mandatory for:

  • Prospective students who have applied for a Bachelor’s programme at the UvA for the first time  and who have completed their prior education at a Dutch educational institution. This includes prospective students applying with a hbo propedeuse (first-year diploma from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences), but does not include prospective students who have applied for degree programmes with restricted or selective admission (see section below).

UvA Matching is not mandatory for the following groups:

  • Prospective students with an international pre-university diploma (including an IB diploma obtained in The Netherlands).
  • Prospective students who have applied for a degree programme with restricted or selective admission (see section below).
  • UvA students who are transferring to another UvA Bachelor’s programme.
  • Students from Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, Saba, Curacao, Aruba or Sint Maarten.

Programmes with restricted or selective admission

The programmes listed below employ selective or restricted admission, and have their own selection procedures and application deadlines. Please see the specific programme pages for more information.



Medicine (in Dutch)

Dentistry (in Dutch)

Biomedical Sciences (in Dutch)

Psychobiology (in Dutch)

Study choice counselling after UvA Matching

Are you still unsure about your choice of study programme after taking part in UvA Matching? Or were you advised to reconsider your study choice? You can make use of our study choice counselling after UvA Matching and register for a one-on-one appointment of 30 minutes with a study choice coach.

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The effective reduction of drop-out and study switch rates will require investment in the orientation phase during which prospective students assess their options. As of 2014, the UvA will introduce university-wide UvA Matching, aimed at helping prospective students make the most suitable study choice. UvA Matching will take place after the initial introduction (Bachelor’s Day and Taster Sessions) with the UvA and the degree programme. During the UvA Matching Week, prospective students will receive further instruction, including independent learning and testing, in order to help them gain a realistic picture of the first year of study. If the student decides not to opt for the relevant degree programme after UvA Matching, a reorientation procedure will be initiated.

Published by  University of Amsterdam

7 February 2017