If you have obtained or will obtain a diploma or degree certificate from an educational institution outside the Netherlands or an international school in the Netherlands, please follow the steps below to apply for this programme.
The deadlines for completing your application for a start in September are:
Please make sure that you submit your application via MyInfo before the deadline and that you submit your enrolment application for the Bachelor’s programme in Studielink at least one week before the deadline.
Please note that the application deadlines for scholarships may vary and could be earlier than our application deadline.
Applicants holding a Dutch vwo diploma or hbo propedeuse are eligible to apply to the programme. Students with a foreign diploma are eligible to apply to the programme if their preparatory education is equivalent to the Dutch vwo diploma, with mathematics and English included in the final examination.
The starting level of a regular study programme at Dutch universities is comparable to that of other Western European countries, which is usually one or two years higher than in most countries outside Western Europe. A student's diploma or certificate from previous education will be compared with the list of approved qualifications.
All non-native speakers of English are required to demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English. All students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and undertake written work in English. Students who are considered as native English speakers are those who have obtained their diploma in Australia, Canada (with the exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States of America. Non-native speakers of English are required to submit a valid English test score which must be obtained no longer than two years before the start of the programme.
The TOEFL ITP test (Institutional Testing Program) is NOT accepted.
These applicants are exempted from the English test:
Applicants with the course English included in their final examination in one of the exempted diplomas for the English language test (e.g. German Abitur, Belgian ASO (Flemish), International Baccalaureate, and others). The diploma must be obtained no longer than two years before the start of the programme.
Students are strongly encouraged to make early preparations for the test. Please note that you need to have taken the test before the application deadline, we do not accept tests planned after the deadline. Refer to the contact details of test centres below. In case of insufficient scores, applicants can do a resit as long as deadlines are respected. Without sufficient test scores, you do not meet our admission requirements.
Before you can apply to the UvA, you will need to submit an enrolment application in Studielink. Studielink is the national online system for students who would like to persue a degree programme at a Dutch university.
A DigiD (Digital Identification) is an online ID (username and password) that provides access to government administration websites.
Click here to go to studielink
After submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, you will receive an email with your UvanetID. Follow the instructions in the email to activate your ID as you will need it to complete your UvA application.
Please note that, after submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, it will take approximately 48 hours before you receive your UvAnetID. So make sure you register in Studielink well in advance so you do not miss the application deadline (see step 1).
After you have registered in Studielink, you will also receive an email from Studielink (within a few days) with a link to our online application system. This is where you will submit your application to the University of Amsterdam.
As part of the online application we will ask you to submit the following documents:
We are looking for good students: however, no minimum grades or average grade are stipulated. We accept students on a rolling bases: the earlier you apply the sooner you will know the outcome.
Do you have questions about the application process? Please take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions.
The admissions committee only reviews complete applications. After the review we will inform you by email if you are conditionally accepted to the programme. The entire review procedure will take six to eight weeks.
In order to secure your place in the programme, you need to confirm your start by accepting our offer. You will automatically receive the link to the acceptance form via email. Please keep in mind that we require you to respond within two weeks after receiving this link. Important enrolment procedures, for example for immigration and housing, are triggered by this confirmation. So confirming your start is very important.
UvA Matching for international students is an introduction to the Bachelor’s programme you are applying for. For the Bachelor’s in Communication Science, this is participation in the Online Programme Fit. The Online Programme Fit is a mandatory part of the application procedure for all prospective Bachelor’s students who have completed their prior education at a non-Dutch educational institution. This includes prospective students applying with an International Baccalaureate, obtained in the Netherlands. Read more about the Uva Matching for international students.
Once you have been conditionally admitted, you will need to submit certified copies of your transcript, diploma and English test result. In your admission letter is stated what documents we will need to receive from you, and before which deadline.
If you are an international student, you will need to arrange a variety of practical matters before starting your studies. This includes your visa or residence permit, insurance and housing. You will receive an email with more information about this after you have been admitted.
UvA Student Services organises Start Appointments every year (free of charge) for international students. They will help you with any issues that you may have regarding your enrolment. You will receive an invitation for the Start Appointment via email.
You will need to pay the tuition fee in order to complete your enrolment for a degree programme at the UvA. Find out more about how to pay the tuition fees.
In the week before the start of the programme, you will need to attend the compulsory Introduction Day. On this day you will receive all relevant programme information to make a good start and we will register you for the courses of the first semester of the Bachelor’s programme in Communication Science. We will send you detailed information about the Introduction Day in July.
A student ID card is a personal card which serves as proof of identity for examinations or borrowing library books. You will receive instructions on how to request your student ID card.