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Prior education: non-Dutch

This page is for applicants whose prior education was completed at a non-Dutch educational institution.

Step 1: Read all the information before you apply

  • Please carefully read all of the information below before you start your application through Studielink.
  • You are advised to start the application procedure three to six months prior to the programme’s deadline because obtaining the necessary documents can require a lot of time.
  • Be aware that learning Dutch may take up to a full academic year for complete beginners.
  • Please note: to apply for an English-taught programme, you will need to follow the application procedure for English-taught programmes.

Step 2: Check if your diploma is sufficient

  • Before you apply for enrolment in Studielink for a degree programme, you should check whether your diploma is sufficient to be admitted to a Bachelor’s programme at the University of Amsterdam.
  • View the list of approved qualifications

Step 3: Check additional requirements

  • For many degree programmes, additional entry requirements may apply, such as a mathematics test or prerequisite courses.
  • To check these additional requirements, select your study programme from the list below and check the requirements listed under Step 2 on the page ‘Toelating en inschrijving’.

All Bachelor's programmes (Dutch and English)

Selection procedures 

Step 4: English proficiency

  • Although the study programmes are taught in Dutch, most of the reading materials and some of the lectures are in English. All prospective students must therefore be proficient in English.
  • Find out more about the English language requirements.

Step 5: Dutch proficiency

  • Prospective students must be proficient in Dutch to start a Dutch-taught programme. If your preparatory education is sufficient, you will receive a separate invitation for a Dutch language course after you have submitted your application. 
  • You can also choose to prepare for the NT2 Programme II Dutch language proficiency exam in your own country.
  • Find out more about the Dutch language requirements.

Step 6: Apply

  • Now that you have read all the information, you can go to Studielink to apply.
  • After you have completed your application, you will be informed by email about the next steps.
  • Please make sure that the email address you enter in Studielink is correct.



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