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Application and admission

Entry requirements Master Urban and Regional Planning (GSSS)

Follow the steps below to apply for this degree programme.

  • 1. Check deadlines

    Please see below for the most important deadlines you must consider when applying to one of our Master’s programmes for the academic year 2019-2020.

    Enrolment September 2019

    For enrolment in August/September 2019, the application deadlines for all our Master’s programmes are:

    • Apply for DigiD (Dutch students only): Tuesday 12 February 2019
    • Registration in Studielink: Tuesday 26 February 2019 17:00 hrs (CET)
    • Application in MyInfo: Friday 1 March 2019 17:00 hrs (CET)

    Visa & scholarship                                                        

    If you are in need of a visa or are applying for a scholarship, you will need to adhere to earlier deadlines:

    • Registration in Studielink: Friday 11 January 2019 17:00 hrs (CET)
    • Application in MyInfo and for scholarship: Tuesday 15 January 2019 17:00 hrs (CET)
  • 2. Check entry requirements

    Applications will be carefully evaluated by the admissions committee. The committee determines whether all entry requirements as specified below are met.

    Bachelor's degree

    Students with a Bachelor’s degree in planning studies (planologie) or in another closely related discipline (such as sociology, cultural anthropology and sociology, political science, economics, law, public administration, and beta gamma and/or future planet studies provided it includes the major planning) are invited to apply, provided they meet all other entry requirements.

    International degrees are evaluated on the basis of advice from professional diploma evaluators. The minimum level of the degree should be equivalent to three years of Dutch university education.

    Planning Studies

    All applicants are expected to have a solid basis in the field of Urban & Regional Planning (Planologie) of (the equivalent of) at least 30 ECTS credits earned during previous studies.

    Research methodology

    Applicants should have a solid basis in both qualitative and quantitative social sciences research methodology as demonstrated by the completion of (the equivalent of) at least 20 ECTS during previous study. Upon entry to the Master's programme, students are expected to be able to:

    • Make a solid research design
    • Understand advantages and disadvantages of different research methods and a mixed methods approach
    • Develop and carry out (simple) surveys
    • Interpret the results of surveys
    • Carry out statistical analysis, preferably with SPSS or similar software
    • Conduct interviews
    • Analyse the results of interview.

    English language proficiency 

    As the Master's programme will be highly demanding and fully taught in English, a high level of English language proficiency is expected of all applicants. All students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and give presentations in English.

    To ensure the quality of education and to safeguard students from failing their studies or slowing down class interactions, all non-native speakers need to demonstrate their proficiency in English before enrolment. All applicants who are nationals of countries other than:

    • Australia
    • Canada
    • Ireland
    • United Kingdom
    • United States of America
    • New Zealand

    are required to submit an English test score that meets specific requirements. Inability to do so will disqualify them from enrolment.

    For this Master’s programme, an exemption is made for Dutch students. They do not have to submit an English test score. Depending on the lecturer’s nationality and availability, they may be allowed to hand in written work in Dutch. Nevertheless, they are strongly advised to prepare themselves optimally, e.g. by undertaking language skills courses in academic English and/or public speaking.

    Students of the College of Social Sciences (CSW) of the University of Amsterdam are encouraged to complete the English Refresher Course (CSW) as proper preparation, during their Bachelor’s studies:

    English Refresher Course (CSW)

    For more information on the test requirement and possible exemptions, please see:

    English language proficiency

    Questions

    If you have questions regarding admission and application, please contact the Admissions Office at  apply-gsss@uva.nl

  • 3. 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 persue 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. We strongly recommend you to apply for your DigiD at least three weeks before registering in Studielink.

    Read the step-by-step guide to Studielink

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

    'Step-by-step guide to Studielink'

    Studielink

  • 4. 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.

  • 6. Wait for admission decision

    If and after we have decided that you can be admitted to the programme, we will send you a letter of (conditional) acceptance by e-mail (through MyInfo) together with more information on how to complete your registration at the UvA and how to apply for a visa or residence permit (if applicable to you). 

  • 7. Accept/decline offer

    After you have been conditionally accepted to the Master’s programme and we have sent you the letter of (conditional) acceptance, you will receive an Accept Offer sent to you by MyInfo. Please follow the instructions and confirm this Accept Offer. We will only continue to further process your application, including your housing and possibly visa application, after you have confirmed our Accept Offer.

  • 8. Submit certified documents

    If you have been (conditionally) admitted to our Master's programme we need to verify your previous education. This means that we have to check whether you have successfully completed your Bachelor’s programme. Verification is done based on the records provided by DUO.

    If you completed your Bachelor’s programme abroad, please send us certified copies of your transcripts and degree certificates, so we can check them. You need to send us these documents by post. Plain copies or scans of the original certified documents are not accepted. 

    You may also need to submit an official English test score report.

    You can find more information about the certified documents and where to send them to in your (conditional) acceptance letter.

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  • 10. Attend introduction day

    Student orientation/introduction events are planned in the last 2 weeks of August. At these events you will receive all relevant programme information to make a good start. Your study advisor will send you more detailed information about the Introduction Day in July.

  • 11. 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.