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Students who have obtained their bachelor's degree at their home university can ask for permission to register for master's courses through the Exchange Office.

Master's courses

Only students who have obtained their bachelor's degree can be admitted to master's courses. Please note that not all master's courses are open to exchange students. Admissibility to courses of the different UvA EB master's programmes is assessed on the basis of the student's previous education (bachelor's and master's). Please refer to the Course Catalogue for more information on entry requirements and course offer.


Create your exchange programme

Exchange students should compose their individual study programme of 30 ECTS in one semester. Master's courses amount 5 ECTS, 6 ECTS or 10 ECTS per course. Students can choose to enrol in the first or second semester. Please note that the number of courses offered is higher in the first semester.

One semester is composed of three periods. Courses in the third period are not appropriate to exchange students as they are appointed to writing the thesis. Therefore (almost) all credits need to be obtained in the first two periods *, for example:

1st period: 12 ECTS
2nd period: 18 ECTS
3rd period: none


1st period: 18 ECTS
2nd period:12 ECTS
3rd period: none

* Please note that accommodation needs to be paid for the full period of one semester.

Balance your study programme

As all courses need to be attended in a relative short period of time, we advise students to prevent the programme from becoming too intensive. The student should therefore make a good estimation of the course load. We therefore advise students to consult the course descriptions to make sure entry requirements for the courses are met. Course descriptions can be found in the digital course catalogue.

Avoid any overlap

It is the responsibility of the student to make sure lectures don't overlap. It will not be possible to change courses after arrival. Therefore, we advise students to check the course schedule (see timetables link below) to make sure lectures and exams do not overlap. On the timetable website, you can select your course in the 'Course' section.

Master's degree

It is not possible to obtain a Master's degree while participating in an exchange programme. Students who would like to take Master's courses in order to obtain a degree are advised to apply as a regular Master's student, and will then have to pay tuition fees. Please refer to the website for information on the Master's programmes.