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NL
Bachelor
Literary and Cultural Analysis (Literary Studies)

Study choice and corona

Because open days and other informative activities have been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak, it is difficult for prospective students to get a feel for which study programme they would like to do. On this page, we have provided an overview of options that will help you prepare as best as possible and will also answer frequently asked questions. The information below is meant for students starting their studies in September 2020.

  • Will UvA Matching still take place?

    UvA Matching is normally a mandatory part of your application. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, participation in Matching is not mandatory this year; however, we still strongly recommend that you take part in this. All of the Faculty of Humanities’ study programmes offer online Matching. Please check your programme's application and admission page for more detailed information.

    You can register for Matching after 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 for Matching by using the SIS Planner.

  • Have the application deadlines been postponed?

    Yes, the official application deadline for Bachelor’s programmes has been moved to 1 June 2020. However, to leave enough time for immigration and housing processes, we have different advisory deadlines for specific groups of applicants:

    Bachelor’s applicants who need an entry visa and residence permit

    Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, the recommended application deadline to submit a complete file was 1 April. However, due to the current situation we are extending the deadline for completing your online application file, including your English test results, to 18 May 2020.

    Bachelor’s applicants with an EU nationality who need to apply for student housing

    Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, the recommended application deadline to submit a complete file was 1 May. However, due to the current situation we are extending the deadline for completing your online application file, including your English test results, to 18 May 2020.

    Bachelor’s applicants with EU nationality who do not need to apply for student housing

    Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, the application deadline was 1 May. The new application deadline is 1 June 2020. 

  • Am I obliged to enrol if I accept my offer?

    We understand that given the circumstances you may not be entirely sure yet if you can attend your studies in September. Accepting your offer, however, does not finalise your enrolment and does not force you to pay the tuition fees. You can cancel your enrolment at any time before the start of the first semester.

    However, we do need you to accept your offer in order to start the mandatory procedures to complete your registration. If you do not accept your offer, we cannot start these procedures and this might lead to you not being able to arrange your visa or housing on time, or not being able to register for courses. Therefore, we highly encourage you to accept your offer at your earliest convenience, but at least before the deadline as mentioned in your provisional acceptance letter. If you later decide you want to cancel your enrolment after all, please contact us via uva.nl/questionform.

    Please note that if the coronavirus measures in the Netherlands will not allow for teaching on location, the faculty intends to continue online teaching activities and assessments from September onwards for as long as needed. This way, teaching will be made accessible to international students, too, if they are not able to travel to Amsterdam by the start of the academic year.

  • I cannot submit all of the required documents because my exams have been cancelled/my school is closed. How should I proceed?

    For now, the government is holding onto the 1 September start of the academic year, with an application deadline of 1 June. If you cannot submit the required documents in time, please sent us digital copies instead. Please note that it is preferable that these are sent in by your school, University or Examinations Board.

    If you cannot make the 1 September start, you can cancel your application any time even if you have previously accepted the offer of admission. (If you cancel before 1 September 2020, you will also be reimbursed for any tuition fees already paid). You might also consider deferring your application to the next available start date of your programme.

    If you are a student with Dutch prior education, please be aware that the UvA will accept all vwo (pre-university) degrees as full degrees that grant access to a Bachelor’s programme. For the Faculty of Humanities’ Bachelor’s programme, this means you can be admitted as long as you obtain your vwo degree this academic year (even with the school-leaving examinations being cancelled).

    For advice, please contact the admissions office.