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Applying for a selective Bachelor’s programme

for students with international prior education

The University of Amsterdam offers several Bachelor’s programmes with a limited number of places. Places are offered based on a selection procedure.

Selective programmes

Two of our Bachelor’s programmes apply selection procedures due to their small-scale and intensive approach. Students who apply to one of these programmes will be selected through a procedure organised by the programme in question. You can find more information on the selection procedure and application deadlines on the programme webpages:

Selective programmes with fixed quotas

The UvA offers several programmes with an enrolment quota. These programmes can only accommodate a fixed number of students and carry out selection processes to determine which students are admitted.

The application deadline for these programmes is 15 January. More information about the enrolment criteria and process can be found on the programme webpages:

English-taught programmes

Dutch-taught programmes


Biomedische Wetenschappen

Business Administration






How does selective admission with a fixed quota work?

Registration and selection

You will need to apply for these programmes through Studielink, the central university registration system of the Netherlands. Application is open from 1 October until 15 January.

If the number of students who apply for a programme exceeds the number of available places, a selection procedure will take place between 15 January and 15 April.

Applicants participating in the selection procedure will be assigned a ranking number by Studielink on 15 April based on their results . Depending on your ranking number and the number of places available, you may or may not be offered a place.

Places offered

If you are offered a place, you will have to accept this place via Studielink within two weeks. If you don’t accept the place within two weeks, your place will be automatically assigned to another student.

If you are not offered a place immediately, there is still a chance that you will be offered a place later, if one or more selected students do not accept their place. These places will then become available for the next student in line.

Further information


If you have any questions, you can contact the Central Student Service Desk.