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Exchange Programme

The Faculty of Humanities at the UvA is the largest of its kind in the Netherlands. It offers a wide range of Bachelor's and Master's programmes in art, culture, languages, history, philosophy and media studies. Each semester, the Faculty of Humanities welcomes over a hundred exchange students from her partner universities. At the Faculty of Humanities, exchange students can find a variety of courses.

Exchange agreement

The Faculty of Humanities participates in several exchange programmes, such as the Erasmus programme. 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. An overview of our partner universities with student exchange destinations can be found in the Digital World Map.

Step-by-step guide

Please check the steps below if you are interested in doing an exchange at the UvA Faculty of Humanities.

  • Step 1: Check whether you are eligible for an UvA exchange
    • Check whether there is a valid exchange agreement between your home university and the University of Amsterdam. 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.
    • If you plan on taking courses taught in English during your exchange, please be aware that in order to be admitted to these courses, you must submit a sufficient result of an official English language test (native speakers are exempted). 

    More information on the admission requirements can be found here.

  • Step 2: Choose your courses

    Exchange students can choose courses from the complete range of study areas within the Humanities. Learn more about which courses are open to exchange students on both a Bachelor's and a Master's level here

  • Step 3: Application procedure
    • First, apply for the Exchange Programme at your home university. They will then nominate you to our Admissions and International Office Humanities.
    • Consequently, you can fill in our online application form. 
    • Once you have been admitted and your enrolment has been finalised, make sure to register for your courses. 

    Find the entire application and admission procedure here, including which documents you will need to attach to your application form.

  • Step 4: Sort out practical matters
    • Read more about finding accommodation in or near Amsterdam and make sure to begin your house-hunt early on. 
    • Consult our student website for a wealth of information on all sorts of practical matters. You can choose 'Exchange programme Humanities' in the dropdown menu for tailored information where applicable.
    • Read about the options you will have to improve your Dutch.
    • Check out the Exchange Ambassador Programme, in which you can connect with your fellow local and international students and play an important role in representing your university.

    Find the above info in much more detail on our Practical matters page.

Courses in the Humanities

The faculty offers various study options to international exchange students at the Bachelor's level. Participation in Master's level courses is only possible if the exchange agreement allows it and if the exchange student meets the entry requirements. There are only a limited number of courses available at Master's level.


Advanced students preparing for their final thesis can do individual research at the Faculty providing there is a bilateral agreement between the universities.

Walking Tour

This tour will guide you along the Humanities buildings located in the centre of Amsterdam, where you will be studying and attending your lectures.

Facts & Figures
30 ECTS, Various months
Language of instruction
Dutch, English
Starts in
February, September