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Exchange Programme Humanities

Application and admission

Faculty of Humanities

You are interested to be an exchange student at the Faculty of Humanities? Read more on the application procedure. Please make sure to take notice of the language requirements.

Application procedure


Step 1 - Find information

Gather information about studying abroad:

  • The first step in the application procedure is to 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.
  • Find information on our website about the University of Amsterdam.
  • Find relevant courses that fit your study programme.


Step 2 - Application at home university

Apply for the Exchange Programme at your home university.


Step 3 - Nomination

The partner university nominates exchange students to the Admissions & International Office Humanities. Nominated students 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. 

Step 4 - Application at University of Amsterdam

Nominated students fill out the online application form to complete their application for the Amsterdam Exchange Programme - Humanities.

The following document need to be attached to the application form:

  • Official transcript of grades (in English, with a minimum of 60 EC*)
  • Copy of your passport (page with personal details)
  • Photo (passport size)
  • English language certificate (for details please see section on language requirements below). This may be sent after the application deadline, but before the course registration in June/November!

Please read the instructions carefully before starting. It is not possible to save the form and continue later so please make sure to have all the necessary information before starting.

* 60 EC need to be obtained before starting your exchange at UvA.



Full year & 1st semester

2nd semester


           April 15

October 1


           May 1 October 15


Application form

Example Online Application Form - Humanities

Language Requirements

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 need to submit a sufficient result of an official English language test (native speakers are exempted).  


BA level requirement

MA level requirement


Minimal 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)

Minimum B2

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.