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Application and admission

Before you start your application make sure to carefully read all the information on this page.

Erasmus exchange

You can apply for the Erasmus programme if:

  • your university has an Erasmus exchange agreement with the University of Amsterdam's Faculty of Science, and
  • you are nominated for an exchange to the Faculty of Science by the Erasmus coordinator of your faculty or home university, and
  • you have received an invitation to start you application, from the University of Amsterdam Faculty of Science Student Exchange Office.

For more information, please contact the Erasmus programme coordinator of your faculty or home university.


The application form can be found below. Notice that you need to upload the following documents in PDF or JPG format. You should title the documents as listed in italic below:

  • Transcript of records in English (bachelor and master) - Name Surname TOR
  • Scan of passport or ID card (front and back) - Name Surname ID
  • Proof of English proficiency - Name Surname ENGLISH (see 'Language requirements' below for additional information)

NOTE: Only students with a degree comparable to a Dutch Bachelor's degree can apply for Master's courses.

Deadlines and academic calendar


The application deadline for the Erasmus exchange is:

  • 1 May: for the first semester/full year starting in September
    (nomination deadline for home university: 1 April)
  • 15 October: for the second semester starting in February
    (nomination deadline for home university: 1 October)

The application for semester 1/full year is closed. The application for semester 2 will open on 1 September 2020.  

Please note that incomplete applications will not be processed.

Academic calendar

Erasmus students who want to take courses at the UvA have to be in Amsterdam when the courses start. You will not be allowed to take a course if you have missed the first class(es). Keep in mind that the academic year in the Netherlands may differ from your home country.

Language requirements

Bachelor's (undergraduate) level:

  • Students holding an EU nationality applying for bachelor courses (except courses in Future Planet Studies) can hand in their Online Linguistic Support (OLS) results. The minimum required level is B2.
  • Students holding a non-EU nationality who are applying for bachelor courses must show proof of English proficiency by handing in one of the official tests indicated below. OLS is not accepted.
  • Students applying for courses of the bachelor programme Future Planet Studies must show proof of English proficiency by handing in one of the official tests indicated below. OLS is not accepted. 

Master's (graduate) level

Students applying for master courses must always show proof of English proficiency by one of the official tests indicated below. OLS is not accepted.

Official tests

  • TOEFL (ibt): Minimum 90 overall score. Minimum score 20 per component.
  • IELTS (academic): Minimum 6,5-7 overall score, depending on the programme. Minimum score 6 per component. 
  • Cambridge CPE / Cambridge CAE: Minimum grade C.

The following students do not have to upload an official proof of English proficiency:

  • Native speakers are not required to hand in a proof of English proficiency. They can upload their transcript of records instead of the proof of English proficiency.
  • Students who are enrolled in a fully English taught bachelor or master programme at their home university, must upload a statement from their home university's exchange officer or other official stating the programme is fully taught in English.       

NOTE: Exchange students who wish to participate in Dutch taught courses must have obtained the Dutch NT2 (programme II, B2).