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Application process

For applicants with Dutch prior education

If you have obtained or will obtain a diploma or degree certificate from a Dutch educational institution, please follow the steps below to apply for this programme.

Application process

  • 2. Check entry requirements

    Prior education

    VWO Diploma

    All students who have obtained a VWO diploma from a Dutch secondary educational institution are eligible for the Bachelor's in Media and Culture.

    HBO First Year Degree

    Students who have completed the first year or first phase of a relevant degree programme at a HBO institution are eligible for the Bachelor's in Media and Culture.

    Please be aware that many students find the move from a HBO to a university degree programme to be a challenging transition. If you are currently enrolled in a HBO degree programme, you may opt to complete the programme before transitioning to a university Bachelor's programme. Depending on the completed HBO degree programme, you may receive an exemption of up to 60 ECTS for certain parts of the Bachelor's programme.

    Please note that if you have already completed a Bachelor’s in the Netherlands, the higher institutional tuition fees apply.

    Colloquium doctum

    A colloquium doctum is a special admission procedure for people who are not eligible for the Bachelor's in Media and Culture on the basis of their obtained diplomas, and who are aged 21 or older.

    More about colloquium doctum (in Dutch)

    English language requirements

    All students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and write papers in English. It is therefore essential that students have a good command of the English language, which must be supported by a sufficient score on an English language test or one of the exempted diplomas, such as the VWO diploma or a HBO propedeuse (non-EU students with a HBO propedeuse are not exempted).

  • 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 pursue a degree programme at a Dutch university.

    Applicants for the English-taught Bachelor's Media and Culture need to register in Studielink for Media and Culture or Media en cultuur

    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 that you 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 (PDF)

    Submit enrolment application in 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. 

After (conditional) admission

  • 6. Fill out intake form

    The intake form is mandatory for all students enrolling in a Bachelor's programme and will ask you to reflect on your academic background and motivations for enrolling in the programme. The link to the intake form as well as additional information about the intake process will be sent to you by email.

  • 7. 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.