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Answers to frequently asked questions about UvA Matching.

Preparing for UvA Matching

  • Is UvA Matching mandatory?

    UvA Matching is mandatory for all prospective students who are applying to a UvA Bachelor’s programme (with the exception of degree programmes with an enrolment restriction and/or a selection procedure) and who have not previously studied at the UvA.


  • Do applicants at other universities also have to take part in matching?

    Each university in the Netherlands offers some type of matching process (also called a Study Check) for prospective students. However, the format and timing can vary from one university to the next. Take a careful look at the enrolment and admissions conditions for your chosen degree programme.

  • I come from a Dutch overseas territory. Do I also have to take part in UvA Matching?

    Participation in UvA Matching is mandatory for all prospective students, including students from one of the Dutch overseas territories (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, Saba, Curaçao, Aruba or Sint Maarten).

    If UvA Matching for your degree programme contains an onsite programme, contact your programma regarding your participation in time.

  • What is the difference between taster sessions and UvA Matching?

    A taster session (offered during the UvA Experience Days) is a study choice activity that helps you in choosing a degree programme. You can take part in taster sessions during your final two years of pre-university education (VWO), after you have attended a Bachelor's Day. Taster sessions give you a good idea of what the content of the programme is like.

    UvA Matching takes place after you have chosen a degree programme and submitted your enrolment application. The matching process helps you to test whether you have made the right choice.

  • When will UvA Matching take place?

    The dates for UvA Matching differ per programme. Check the programme information to see specific dates and the specific information about the matching programme.

  • How do I register for UvA Matching?

    UvA Matching takes place after you have submitted your enrolment request via Studielink (which you need to complete by 1 May at the latest).

    Once you have submitted the enrolment request through Studielink, you will receive an email from the UvA containing your UvAnetID. You can then to your Enrolment Checklist, where you can register for UvA Matching.

  • Can I take part in UvA Matching for more than one degree programme?

    Yes, if you have applied for more than one non-selective UvA programme via Studielink, you can take part in Matching for each of these programmes.

    Note that UvA Matching is not intended to be your sole study choice activity; you must make your decision before 1 May. If you are not sure which programme you'd like to do, we recommend taking part in our informational activities focused on helping you choose the right degree programme (Bachelor's Week, taster sessions and shadowing).

  • How much time will I have to spend on UvA Matching?

    This depends on the programme of your choice. 

  • Can I still enrol in a degree programme after 1 May?

    No, after 1 May you are no longer entitled to enrol in a degree programme.. Only in a small number of exceptional situations does the UvA allow late enrolment.

After UvA Matching

  • What happens after UvA Matching?

    You have taken part in UvA Matching, a final test to see if the study programme you have chosen is really the right one for you.

    ​​​If you still have any doubts about your choice of study, or you have been advised to reconsider your choice, please make an appointment with our career counselors by sending an email to The appointment can be online or in person. You will look into what makes you doubt about the study programme or to find out which study programmes suit your interests and talents better.

  • How long will the study choice recommendation I receive remain valid?

    A study choice recommendation stays valid for 1 year for the same programme in which you completed the UvA Matching process. If you decide to start the programme a year later (for instance, to take a gap year or because you've failed your final exam) then you don't need to do UvA Matching again for that programme. Note that you need to re-apply for the programme before 1 May in the following year.

  • Can the UvA help me make a different (study) choice after the matching?

    Of course. You can follow the Webinar 'Reorientation following UvA-Matching'. Please sign up for this webinar below.

    Webinar 'Reorientation following UvA-Matching'