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English Language and Culture
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Application process

If you have obtained or will obtain a diploma or degree certificate from a Dutch educational institution, please follow the steps below to apply for this programme.

Application process

  • 2. Check entry requirements

    Prior education

    VWO Diploma

    All students who have obtained a VWO diploma from a Dutch secondary educational institution are eligible for the Bachelor's in English Language and Culture.

    HBO First Year Degree

    Students who have completed the first year or first phase of a degree programme at a HBO institution are eligible for the Bachelor's in English Language and Culture.

    Please be aware that many students find the move from a HBO to a university degree programme to be a challenging transition. If you are currently enrolled in a HBO degree programme, you may opt to complete the programme before transitioning to a university Bachelor's programme. Depending on the completed HBO degree programme, you may receive an exemption of up to 60 ECTS for certain parts of the Bachelor's programme.

    Please note that if you have already completed a Bachelor’s in the Netherlands, the higher institutional tuition fees apply.

    Colloquium doctum

    A colloquium doctum is a special admission procedure for people who are not eligible for the Bachelor's in English Language and Culture on the basis of their obtained diplomas, and who are aged 21 or older.

    English language requirements

    All students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and write papers in English. It is therefore essential that students have a good command of the English language, which must be supported by a sufficient score on an English language test or one of the exempted diplomas, such as the VWO diploma or a HBO propedeuse.

  • 3. Submit enrolment application in Studielink
  • 4. Activate your UvAnetID

    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 register for UvA Matching. 

  • 5. Participate in UvA Matching

    UvA Matching is a mandatory part of your enrolment in a Bachelor's programme at the UvA. You will become acquainted with the programme and with studying and will have the opportunity to check whether the programme is a good fit for you. The Matching procedure will take place online.

    You can register for Matching once you have enrolled via Studielink. Once you have activated your UvAnetID, you will gain access to SIS where you can see Matching in the Enrolment Checklist. You can register there for Matching by using the SIS Planner. Please register as soon as possible to complete UvA matching. It is not possible to register after 7 June.

    After you have enrolled, you can visit Canvas, the UvA’s virtual learning environment, in order to complete the Matching and to look up additional information on the further procedure and the deadline.

After (conditional) admission

  • 6. Confirm your participation

    After you have been admitted to the programme, you will be placed in the Intake course in Canvas. You are required to confirm your participation in the programme by means of this course. Confirming your participation is necessary in order for you to be registered for first-semester courses. From mid-July, you will receive information about this via the email address you have registered in Studielink. Thus, please ensure that your email address has been correctly registered in Studielink.

  • 7. Request student ID card

    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.