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Coronavirus: Application and admission

We are aware of the difficulties that might occur in your application process due to the Corona virus. We are monitoring the situation closely and will take action when needed, following the guidelines of the Dutch government.

FAQ

  • What are the UvA's application deadlines?

    The official application deadline for Bachelor’s programmes has been moved to 1 June. However, to leave enough time for immigration and housing processes, we have different advisory deadlines for specific groups of applicants:

    Bachelor’s applicants who need an entry visa and residence permit

    Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, the recommended application deadline to submit a complete file was 1 April. However, due to the current situation we are extending the deadline for completing your online application file, including your English test results, to 18 May.

    Bachelor’s applicants with an EU nationality who need to apply for student housing

    Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, the recommended application deadline to submit a complete file was 1 May. However, due to the current situation we are extending the deadline for completing your online application file, including your English test results, to 18 May.

    Bachelor’s applicants with EU nationality who do not need to apply for student housing

    Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, the application deadline was 1 May. The new application deadline is 1 June. For information about the extended deadline to complete the online application, please contact either the admissions office.

    Deadlines for Master’s programmes

    Other deadlines may apply for Master’s programmes. Please check the individual Master’s programme pages

    * These adjusted deadlines do not apply to programmes with selective admission or programmes with an entry quota (restricted enrolment). 

  • Will the UvA Matching continue and am I obliged to participate?

    All UvA programmes will offer some kind of matching online this year. Normally, after you enrol in a Bachelor’s programme you are obliged to take part in a matching activity. However, because of the current circumstances, it is no longer required, but we still strongly recommend that you take part. Participating in UvA Matching is in your own best interest: it allows you, as a prospective student, to verify that you’re making the right choice, and it gives study programmes the opportunity to advise you on your programme choice.

    Students who register before 1 June 2020 can participate in online matching. This online activity will take place in June at the latest. The form that online matching will vary for different study programme – from doing something completely independently to interacting with the study programme online, such as through video streaming , tests and interviews.

  • I will not be able to submit all the required documents because my exams are postponed/school is closed. What if I cannot start the programme?

    We are monitoring the situation closely and will take action when needed, following the guidelines of the Dutch government. For now, the government is holding onto the 1 September start of the academic year. 

    However, if you cannot submit the required documents in time please sent us digital copies instead. Please note that these will preferably have to be sent in by your school, University or Exam Board.

    If you cannot make the 1 September start, you can cancel your application any time even if you have previously accepted the offer of admission. (If you cancel before 1 September 2020 you will also be reimbursed for any tuition fees already paid).

    Or you might also consider deferring your application to the next available start date of your programme.

    For advice, please contact the admissions office.

  • Can I take an English test (or GMAT) online?

    Yes. Because many test centres are closed or fully booked, it's now possible to take the online version of existing language tests.

    ETS offers international students affected by the coronavirus measures the option to take the TOEFL iBT® test from home until the test centres reopen. More information can be found on the TOEFL website.

    If you need a visa or residence permit, application was possible until 1 April or until 1 May. You have until 18 May at the latest to submit the results of your English language test.

    We also advise other applicants who rely on UvA services (such as UvA Student Housing) to adhere to the 18 May deadline for adding the necessary documents to their already submitted application file.

  • I have submitted my application, but I haven’t received a response yet. Will the UvA admissions offices remain open?

    Most of the UvA staff will be working from home, following the guidelines of the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment). It might take a bit longer than usual to receive an update about your application status, but the UvA staff is doing its upmost best to process all the applications from prospective students.

    This also means that processing the submitted certified documents that are sent over by post for one of the non-selective bachelor’s degree programmes might take longer due to closure. We apologise for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

  • I am an international student and want to deregister. Can I get a refund of the tuition fees?

    The travel advice for international students is - where possible and when it can be done safely - to return to their home country.

    The UvA advises you not to deregister prematurely if you intend to continue your studies. The UvA is making every effort to offer alternative (online) forms of education to all students. If necessary, we will also offer alternative forms of testing and assessment. In short, we are doing everything we can, where possible, to prevent study delays for all students.

    International students who want to deregister from the UvA can submit a request for deregistration via Studielink. They will be refunded tuition fees from the time of their deregistration in Studielink to the end of the current academic year.

  • I want to start my Master's but have not yet been able to fully complete my Bachelor's/Pre-Master's programme. Under what conditions will I be able to continue on from a Bachelor's to a Master's?

    In certain exceptional cases, the UvA is making it possible to begin a Master's programme when you have not yet fully completed your Bachelor's or Pre-Master's programme. This represents an exception, subject to restrictions, to the usually firm rule of ‘Bachelor-before-Master’, which says that students may not start a Master's programme until they have successfully completed the previous programme.

    If you have incurred a limited study delay, you will be allowed to begin your Master's programme – but only if your study delay involves courses from your Bachelor's or Pre-Master's programme that were offered in the second semester of this academic year (period 4, 5 and 6) and your delay is related to the coronavirus pandemic.

    For a Bachelor's programme, your delay must not comprise more than 15 ECTS. In cases where a student's delay is greater than 15 ECTS, the programme is no longer considered ‘feasible’. For those currently enrolled in a Pre-Master's at the UvA, you must have successfully completed 80% of your Pre-Master's programme to be eligible to begin a Master's programme.

    You will then be able to complete the ‘missing’ courses during the first (and often only) year of the Master's programme, and will have the entire 2020-2021 academic year to make up these credits.

    Besides the new enrolment in the Master's, it will therefore be necessary for you to re-enrol in your Bachelor's or Pre-Master's programme as well.

    From 1 July, it will be possible to submit a ‘request for admission with study delay’ in order to begin a Master's programme with an incomplete Bachelor's or Pre-Master's. Instructions for submitting this request and the applicable conditions can be found on the study programme page.

    If you wish to make use of this arrangement, we recommend you carefully consider the feasibility of the entire study programme before submitting a request. We are unfortunately unable to guarantee that there will be no overlap in scheduling, for instance when exams are held.

    This arrangement is in effect for students who wish to begin a Master's programme at the UvA in September 2020 and are enrolled (in the 2019-2020 academic year) in a Bachelor's or Pre-Master's at the UvA, a Bachelor's at another Dutch university or a Bachelor's at a university within the EEA.

    Does this arrangement apply for all study programmes?

    Over the past few months, several programmes which involve a great deal of practical education – such as skills training or labs – have been unable to offer all their teaching and testing in digital form. The conditions that apply for each individual programme are listed on the programme page.

  • I am a student at a university of applied sciences (HBO). Can I start a UvA Bachelor's programme if I have not yet fully completed my current HBO first-year programme?

    Yes; if you have incurred a limited study delay of no more than 6 ECTS (of the 60 ECTS in total), you will be allowed to begin your Bachelor's programme at the UvA – but only if your study delay involves courses from your HBO first-year programme that were offered in the second semester of this academic year (period 4, 5 and 6) and your delay is related to the coronavirus pandemic.

    The UvA is giving you the entire 2020-2021 academic year to make up the credits you missed in your previous study programme. This will allow you to complete courses that are not offered in the first half of the academic year.

    Some UvA Bachelor's programmes have specific admission requirements in addition to a first-year diploma from a university of applied sciences (HBO); these requirements will still be in effect. For this reason, it is important to pay close attention when reading the informational pages for the programme you have in mind.

    We must receive your enrolment in a UvA Bachelor's programme no later than 1 June 2020. Please bear in mind that you will need to provide a list of marks and a declaration from the university of applied sciences where you are currently enrolled that shows your study delay is no greater than 6 ECTS and that it occurred in the second semester of the 2019-2020 academic year.

    From 1 July, it will be possible to submit a ‘request for admission with study delay’. Instructions for submitting this request can be found on the study programme page.

  • I want to start a Pre-Master's but have not yet been able to fully complete my Bachelor's programme. Under what conditions will I be able to start the programme?

    In certain exceptional cases, the UvA is making it possible to begin a Pre-Master's programme when you have not yet fully completed your Bachelor's programme. Normally, you would not be able to being a Pre-Master's until you had successfully completed your previous study programme.

    If you have incurred a limited study delay, you will be allowed to begin your Pre-Master's programme – but only if your study delay involves courses from your Bachelor's that were offered in the second semester of this academic year (period 4, 5 and 6) and your delay is related to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Your study delay must not comprise more than 15 ECTS. In cases where a student's delay is greater than 15 ECTS, the programme is no longer considered ‘feasible’.

    You will be able to make up the ‘missing’ courses and will have the entire 2020-2021 academic year to do so.

    Some UvA Pre-Master's programmes have specific admission requirements in addition to a Bachelor's diploma; these requirements will still be in effect. For this reason, it is important to pay close attention when reading the informational pages for the programme you have in mind.

    Instructions for enrolling in a Pre-Master's and submitting a ‘request for admission with study delay’ can be found on the study programme page.

    If you wish to make use of this arrangement, we recommend you carefully consider the feasibility of the entire study programme before submitting a request. We are unfortunately unable to guarantee that there will be no overlap in scheduling, for instance when exams are held.

    This arrangement is in effect for students who wish to begin a Pre-Master's programme at the UvA in September 2020 and are enrolled (in the 2019-2020 academic year) in a Bachelor's at the UvA, a Bachelor's at another Dutch university or a Bachelor's at a university within the EEA.