1. Check deadlines
Full year & 1st semester
1 May 15 October
2. Check entry requirements
Please check if there is a valid exchange agreement between your home university and the University of Amsterdam. The Faculty of Humanities participates in several exchange programmes, such as the Erasmus programme. An overview of our partner universities with student exchange destinations can be found in the Digital World Map. The Faculty does not accept free-movers nor students from universities without a bilateral agreement and is not likely to start new exchange agreements.
Entry requirements of courses
There may be specific entry requirements for certain courses. This mostly applies to Master's courses. Please visit our page on courses for more information, and make sure that you will be eligible to take part in the courses of your choosing before proceeding with your exchange application.
For all courses taught in English, students must be proficient in English. Students have to be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, write papers and other assignments in English, and take part in class discussions. Therefore exchange students must submit a sufficient result of an official English language test (native speakers are exempted).
BA level requirement
MA level requirement
Minimum overall grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6 in each of the components. Minimum overall grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the components.
Cambridge International Examination
Minimum scores 170, C (CAE/C1 Advanced), C (CPE/C2 Proficiency) Minimum scores 170, C (CAE/C1 Advanced), C (CPE/C2 Proficiency)
TOEFL Internet* based
Minimum overall grade of 92 with a minimum of 20 in each of the components. Minimum overall grade of 92 with a minimum of 22 in each of the components.
Erasmus + Language tool:
Online Linguistic Support (OLS)
For students taking courses on MA level an official English test is an absolute requirement. OLS is not sufficient.
For more information on the official language tests please see:
We encourage Erasmus students to take part in the Erasmus Language tool. Contact your university to request access to this free online test.
Upload your English language test result in your online application form for the Amsterdam Exchange Programme - Humanities.
The test result can be sent to the International Office Humanities by email after the application deadline of 1 May/15 October but before the course registration period in June/November.
3. Application at home university & nomination
Once you have checked that you will be eligible for an exchange at the UvA's Faculty of Humanities and that you meet the entry requirements for the courses you would like to take during your stay here, you can proceed with the actual application. Your first step in this process will be to apply for the Exchange Programme at your home university (which must be a partner university).
Your home university will then nominate you to the UvA's Admissions & International Office Humanities. Nominated students will receive an information letter from the International Office Humanities with information about the Faculty and important details about the application procedure. If the nominated student does not receive any information even though the home university has nominated the student, please contact the International Office Humanities.
4. Application at the University of Amsterdam
Nominated students will receive an invitation to register for an UvAnetID and student number.
Once you have carefully read the information on this page, and once you have received your UvAnetID, you can go to the student portal www.sis.uva.nl , log in with your UvAnetID, and click on ‘My Admissions’ to submit your application.
The following documents must be submitted with your application:
- Official transcript of grades (in English, with a minimum of 60 EC*);
- Copy of your passport (page with personal details);
- English language certificate. For details, please see the section on language requirements above, in step 2. Native speakers are exempted. The certificate may be submitted after the application deadline, but must be submitted before the course registration period in June/November!
*60 ECTS must be obtained before starting your exchange at UvA.
During the application process, you will be asked to fill in a course wish list. We are working on the course list for the Exchange Programme Humanities of 2021-22. For now, please refer to last year's list when selecting courses on your wish list.
5. Further enrolment
After your application has been accepted, more information on visa procedures will be sent to you if applicable. Exchange students will also receive the digital UvA Start Magazine and Start Newsletters.
6. Register for courses
The course registration procedure for exchange students differs from the course registration procedure for regular students. Please ensure that you register for courses during the course registration period that applies to you. See the page on course registration for these deadlines and for the full course registration procedure.
7. Accommodation & practical matters
The housing market in Amsterdam is very competitive, and although we try to offer all students registered for housing accommodation, this is not always possible. For this reason, we advise you to start your orientation for housing options early and to always explore the private housing market as well.
More information about accommodation and other practical matters: