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Exchange Programme
Social and Behavioural Sciences

Application and admission

All incoming exchange students in the framework of the exchange programmes in the field of Social and Behavioural sciences are placed in the Exchange Programme Social and Behavioural Sciences. Exchange students from partner universities have to be nominated by their home university.

Entrance requirements

  • Having completed (90 EC  with a C average (ECTS system) in a relevant discipline before starting in the Exchange Programme – Social and Behavioural Sciences.
  • Please note that for advanced courses having completed 120 EC will be required.
  • For Master's students: having completed a bachelor degree in a relevant field.
  • English language test for bachelor level students equivalent to: 
    • level B2 in the CEFR:
    • TOEFL (minimum score: 570 paper test, 88 internet test) 
    • IELTS (minimum score 6.5)
    • Cambridge Examination scores (minimum scores: CAE C, CPE C)
    • sent directly by the testing organization to the Universiteit van Amsterdam (TOEFL reporting number = 9011)
    • proof of B2 level in the  CEFR on the Erasmus Mobility Tool Language Assessment Test
  • English language test for master level students equivalent to: 
    • level C1 in the CEFR: TOEFL (minimum score: 600 paper test, 100 internet test, minimum score on each component 22) 
    • IELTS (minimum score 7.0, with a minimum of 6.5 for each test component
    • Cambridge Examination Scores (CAE C, CPE C)
    • sent directly by the testing organization to the Universiteit van Amsterdam (TOEFL reporting number =9011 )
    • proof of C1 level in the CEFR on the Erasmus Mobility Tool Language Assessment Test

As a rule a test score is valid for a period of two years. Students holding older test scores are requested to contact the Admissions Officer of the International Office Social Sciences as soon as they start their application to discuss their options. 

Please note that only native speakers are exempted from the English language test requirement.

Waiver requests should be submitted together with the application at an early stage to avoid delay in the admission process

All (complete) applications are handled individually by the International Office Social Sciences. All partner universities have been informed on the entrance requirements.

Application deadline

  • Application deadline for an exchange starting in the 1st semester (6 September 2021 - 4 February 2022): 30 May 2021. 
  • Application deadline for an exchange in the 2nd semester (7 February 2022 - 1 July 2022): October 1st, 2021

For exchange students coming in through the UvA bilateral agreements (Office of International Student Affairs) other procedures apply.

  • Steps in application process

    Step 1: 
    The University of Amsterdam will send you an email.  
    The first email will contain instructions on how to apply, please read this email carefully.
    The second email will be sent within one working day after the first email, and will include your UvAnetID (student number).

    Step 2:
    Activate your UvAnetID as instructed in the second email. 

    Step 3:
    Once you have carefully read the information on this page, and once you have activated your UvAnetID, you can go to the student portal , log in with your UvAnetID, and click on ‘My Admissions’ to submit your application.

    Our application dates and deadlines for 2021 - 2022 are:

    Semester 1 ( and full year): 30 May 2021.

    Semester 1: 1 October 2021

    After you received the email with instructions on how to activate your UvA account please prepare the necessary documents. We ask you to upload:

    • Passport size photo
    • Photocopy of the identitypage of your passport
    • Your transcript (stating all your courses, with credits and grades, completed until date)
    • All of the scans must be readable. However, please do not use a high definition scan (300 dpi is sufficient), and be sure to save your scan in a small size, since a singular document should not exceed 500KB. 

      Then submit your online application before the given deadline.

    Step 4:

    If applicable: make sure the testing organisation of your English language test (TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge) sends your test report directly to us. You can also send us your login information for us to review your results. 

    While we recommend you upload a language test score together with your application, a valid language test result can be submitted until one month before the start of your exchange period.

    In some cases we will ask you to provide us with an updated transcript just before the start of the semester.


Contact for students

For more information and questions, please use our contact form that you find under "Contact".