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The Bachelor’s programme Communication Science at the UvA has a numerus fixus, so the number of places is limited. For the 2024-2025 academic year we have 650 places available, which are divided over the Dutch and English language tracks. To be considered for admission, you must take part in the selection process.
The selection procedure: how does it work?
  • Apply for the selection

    After submitting your enrolment application for the Bachelor’s Communication Science in Studielink, you will receive a confirmation email. This email contains information on how to apply for the selection. Application is necessary to be considered for a place within the Bachelor’s programme.

  • Invitation for the selection

    Shortly after 15 January 2024, you will receive an invitation for the selection. The selection consists of a combination test of two test items representative of the content of Communication Science. Two selection rounds and test days are offered and you can choose in which selection round you want to take part. Two weeks before the test, you can attend lectures on campus or online and the course material will be available in online study environment Canvas. You will need about 20-25 hours to study independently and complete the combination test.

    The course material and combination test will be about two different topics in communication science. You can prepare for the test by reading the course material and following the lectures. The combination test is designed to predict study success. The higher your score on the test, the higher your chances of study success in our Bachelor's programme.

  • Dates selection rounds

    You take part in one of the two selection rounds. You may not take part in both selection rounds. 

    The start of the selection round means that the lectures will be on campus that day and the study material will be available in the online study environment Canvas. You can also watch the lectures online, but if you are in The Netherlands, we encourage you to come to campus. You have two weeks to study the material before the test day. 

    The test day dates are the only dates on which the selection test can be taken. No exceptions to this rule are possible. If you fail to take the selection test on one of the two dates, you cannot start Communication Science at the UvA.

      Selection round I Selection round II
    Start selection round (lectures): Friday 26 January 2024 (4 p.m. - 7 p.m. CET) Friday 23 February 2024 (4 p.m. - 7 p.m. CET)
    Test day (online): Saturday 10 February 2024 (between 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. CET, exact time follows on Canvas) Saturday 9 March 2024 (between 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. CET, exact time follows on Canvas)
  • Location

    It is possible, but not mandatory, to attend the lectures at the Roeterseiland campus in Amsterdam. A recording of both lectures is available in the Canvas study environment during the two weeks prior to the test.

    You take the selection test online on your own laptop. 

    You are responsible for a good internet connection and a suitable room to take the test. To prevent fraud, we use 'online proctoring'. This makes it possible to take the selection test anywhere through remote monitoring.

  • Ranking

    In mid-April 2024, you will receive your ranking number. With a ranking number between 1 and 650, you are immediately placed.

    Your ranking number is determined by the total score on the test and a lottery. The higher your total score on the test, the better your chances of achieving a high ranking number. We work with three groups in the lottery:

    1. The 200 highest-scoring participants
    2. The middle group
    3. The low-scoring group

    Group 1 will definitely be drawn and placed at rank numbers 1-200. Group 2 has a slightly better chance of a high ranking than group 3.

    Based on the ranking we will let you know whether you:

    • will certainly be offered a place in the programme, after your prior education and English language proficiency are accepted as well.
    • may be offered a place in the programme. This means that you may receive an offer of admission if someone with a higher rank number decides not to study Communication Science after all. An offer will be made in order of rank and you can get it until August 15 at the latest. Again, your prior education and English language proficiency must be accepted as well.
  • Ranking update

    After 19 April, you will find an overview of the number of participants in the selection and a weekly update of the last ranked number here.

  • Selection attempts

    You can only participate once in the selection procedure for the Bachelor’s in Communication Science at the UvA. After registration you cannot make a second attempt.

    A selection attempt is registered if:

    • you have (had) an active application after 15 January 2024 for the Bachelor’s in Communication Science in Studielink, regardless of whether you withdraw your application at a later date.

    No selection attempt will be registered if:

    • you withdraw your application before 16 January 2024.

    If you fail your final high school exams, the used-up selection attempt in Studielink can be annulled. For information on the further procedure, contact the Admissions Office

For more information on how the enrolment process continues after selection and placement, please return to the page on Admission, selection and enrolment.