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If you would like to enrol in an elective course at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), yet are a student at another research university or university of applied sciences, you will first need to register as an elective course student in Studielink and follow the steps described below. As a UvA student, you can enrol directly in elective courses.

Finding an elective course

Check the Course Catalogue for information about the course you wish to follow. As long as you meet the entry requirements, many courses can be taken as an elective course. If a course cannot be taken as an elective course, this is usually mentioned in the course description (‘Course only open to ...’).

Step-by-step plan for enrolling in an elective course

  • Step 1. Register as elective course student in Studielink
    • Log in to Studielink and select the degree programme where you want to follow an elective course. Select the degree programme with ‘elective’ added to the end. The name of the degree programme the elective course belongs to can be found in the Course Catalogue.
    • Even if you have already registered as an elective course student at the UvA before, it is still necessary to re-register in Studielink at the start of each new academic year.
    • Within two working days of having made your registration request via Studielink, you will receive an email with your UvA student ID number and an activation email for your account.
  • Step 2 . Submit your Proof of Payment

    Hand in an original copy of your Proof of Payment (Bewijs Betaald Collegegeld) from your own educational institution at the Central Student Service Desk or, alternatively, send it by post to the Central Student Administration. See the addresses below. Remember to state your UvA student ID number on the documents.

    Central Student Administration postal address

    University of Amsterdam
    Central Student Administration
    PO Box 2760
    1000 CT Amsterdam

    Location of Central Student Service Desk:

    Central Student Service Desk
    Roeterseiland Campus Building E

  • Step 3. Find out what the additional requirements of the faculty are

    Each faculty has its own additional steps which are required in order to take an elective course. The UvA has strict course registration periods, which you can find in this overview.

    Faculty of Science (FNWI)

    If you want to take an elective course at the Faculty of Science as a non-UvA student, get in touch with the Service Desk at the Science Park: servicedesk-esc-science@uva.nl.

    Faculty of Law (FdR)

    Fill in the enrolment form to be enrolled as an elective course student (in addition to your Studielink registration request). Then follow the course enrolment steps on the student website.

    Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB)

    If you want to enrol in an elective course at the Faculty of Economics and Business, go to the FEB student website for more information.

    Faculty of Humanities (FGw)

    If you want to enrol in an elective course at the Faculty of of Humanities, follow the procedure for course enrolment on the Faculty's student website.

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)

    Psychology: go to following elective courses at the Psychology department on the student website.

    Bachelor's programme in Communication Science: The Course Catalogue lists which courses at the College of Communication can be taken as an elective course. Use the terms ‘open UvA college’ and ‘College Communicatiewetenschap’ to filter results.

    Master's programme in Communication Science: You can only follow an elective course at the Graduate School of Communication if you meet the entry requirements and there is room on the course. For more information, please get in touch with the graduateschoolofcommunication@uva.nl.

    If you would like to take an elective course belonging to another degree programme at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, go to the student website of the degree programme and select A-Z in the menu. The information you require will be listed under ‘bijvak’ (elective course).

Would you like to register for a minor programme?

A minor is a cohesive curriculum, generally comprising 30 ECTS credits. It allows you to explore a second field or interdisciplinary theme during your Bachelor's programme. For an overview of the minors and the ‘stappenplan aanmelden minor’ (Step-by-step plan for enrolling in a minor), go to the Minors page.

Any questions?

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