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Exchange Programme

Humanities

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 first semester 2020-2021 cancelled in light of COVID-19

It is with great regret that we have to inform you that the University of Amsterdam has made the decision to cancel all student exchange for the first (autumn) semester of the academic year of 2020-2021. This difficult decision was not made lightly. Please read the statement by the university board here: website (Update 15-05-2020)

The global public health crisis concerning COVID-19 is creating a lot of uncertainty concerning planned events and travel. For several decades, the University of Amsterdam has promoted global and European student mobility. We have always been proud of our enthusiastic and committed international students, leaping across national borders to immerse themselves in Dutch culture and a new academic environment. For the first time in the history of UvA internationalisation, we are forced to discourage student mobility because of health and safety reasons. At this moment we believe cancellation is the right decision for both our own and incoming exchange students so they may have ample time to make alternative plans. We kindly ask for your understanding in this matter.

If you have any questions, please contact us through the Digital Student Service Desk.

Team International Office, Faculty of Humanities

Humanities in Amsterdam

The Faculty of Humanities 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. 

'My courses were all very interactive and my professors were all approachable. One minute, we’d be learning about Vincent van Gogh in class, the next, we’d be at the van Gogh museum seeing the paintings in person!' - exchange student from the USA.

Courses in the Humanities

The faculty offers various study options to international exchange students on bachelors 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.

Research

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

Information sheet

The Appendix below outlines our contact information, English language requirements, further requirements, academic calendar, nomination and application deadlines, academic information, and links to information about housing, visa and insurance.

Exchange agreement

The Faculty of Humanities participates in several exchange programmes, such as the Erasmus programme. The faculty does not accept free-movers nor students from universities without a bilateral agreement and is not likely to start new exchange agreements.

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

  • 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 & 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 Exchange A-Z for a wealth of information on all sorts of practical matters. 
    • 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.

Facts & Figures
Mode Full-time
Credits 30 ECTS, Various months
Language of instruction Dutch , English
Starts in February , September