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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 Dutch 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
  • Step 2. Submit your Proof of Payment

    Please upload your ‘Proof of Payment’, complete with your student ID number, through your Enrolment Checklist. It may happen that your institution sends the Proof of Payment directly to the UvA. If this is the case, you'll be notified after you've requested the Proof of Payment.
    You pay your tuition fees at your main institution. As long as you follow an elective course at the UvA you need to be enrolled at your main institution. 

  • 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:

    Amsterdam Law School (FdR)

    In order to do an elective course you need to fulfill the entry requirements of the specific programme, therefore please check the entry requirements first. In case you fulfill the entry requirements, the Admissions Office will admit you based on your educational background as registered in DUO. 

    Please follow the steps of the course registration on the student website.

    Please note: if you are studying at another university, you will first have to register for the elective course in Studielink. If you are studying at the UvA and you are admissible you can directly register for the course(s) via the regular course registration procedure.

    Questions? Please contact the Education Desk of the Amsterdam Graduate School of Law.

    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 registration 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

    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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