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Application and admission

Faculty of Humanities

Are you interested in doing an exchange at the UvA's Faculty of Humanities? Find out more about the application procedure on this page.

Application process

  • 1. Check deadlines

     

    Full year & 1st semester

    2nd semester

    Nomination

               1 May (previously 15 April)*

    1 October

    Application

               10 May (previously 1 May)* 15 October

    *Deadlines extended in light of the current coronavirus outbreak.

     

  • 2. Check entry requirements

    Exchange agreement

    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. 

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

     

    BA level requirement

    MA level requirement

    IELTS

    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)

    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.

  • 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 fill out the online application form (below) to complete their application for the Amsterdam Exchange Programme - Humanities.

    The following document must 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)
    • English language certificate (for details please see the section on language requirements above, in step 2). 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 ECTS must be obtained before starting your exchange at UvA.

After admission

  • 5. Further enrolment

    After the enrolment at the Faculty, Admissions & International Office forwards the details of all Humanities exchange students to the central UvA administration at Student Services. They will then send each exchange student their UvA-net ID/student number and, if applicable, information to start the visa procedure. Exchange students 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:

    Practical matters