We advise that you submit your application as well as the application documents as early as possible, rather than wait until the application deadline. The sooner you enrol, the sooner we will be able to inform you about your enrolment request.
Applicants with a non-EU/EEA nationality
1 March 2022
Applicants with a Dutch or other EU/EEA nationality
15 May 2022
Please note: if you are an applicant with an EU/EEA nationality and wish to apply for housing, you must submit your application by 1 March.
If you are interested in a scholarship, you need to apply for both the Master's programme and the scholarship before 15 January. Learn more at:
To gain admission to the Master’s programme in American Studies you must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in:
As a student in the Master’s programme in American Studies, you will be expected to have the following knowledge, skills, and insights:
If you do not meet the entry requirements above, for example if you have a degree from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) or an equivalent thereof, you may be eligible for admission after completing the pre-Master's programme History / Geschiedenis.
If you are unsure whether you meet the entry requirements, you are advised to get in touch with the programme coordinator before applying.
New Master's students should be able to speak, read, write and understand English at an advanced academic level. Please check carefully whether you already meet the English language requirements or whether you need to arrange to take an official English language test.
After enrolling in Studielink, you will automatically receive an email with a link to your MyInfo UvA application form. To log in to MyInfo you need your UvAnetID. Please fill out the application form, upload the required documents and submit your MyInfo application form before the application deadline.
All applicants holding a nationality outside the EU/EEA are required to pay an application fee of €100 per Studielink enrolment before submitting your MyInfo application form. You will find payment instructions on your application form.
As part of your application in MyInfo, you are required to upload transcripts, diplomas, a motivation form (see below), a CV/resume, and proof of English language proficiency. This programme does not require a programme-specific document.
Please collect and prepare all necessary documents before starting your application. You can find detailed information and guidelines on the Graduate School of Humanities website:
The application’s Motivation form asks you to explain how the programme relates to your current and previous education. Applicants are encouraged to use this space to describe their experience with American Studies, especially when that experience was gathered outside of a named “American Studies” programme. American Studies can take many forms, after all. For instance, courses in international or global history often devote considerable space to the United States; a course on the 19th-century novel might delve into American literature and culture; a course in media studies might include modules on Hollywood history; a course on international migration might feature the United States as a model or countermodel. That kind of experience is often not clear from a transcript, but it is important for us. Applicants are also encouraged to use the motivation form to present an example of academic writing on a theme related to American Studies, broadly considered, such as your thesis, an essay written for a course, etc.
Once we have received your complete application, it will be evaluated by our Admissions Board. This programme offers rolling admissions, meaning you will receive an admission decision within six to eight weeks. It is therefore advisable to complete your application well before the deadline.
If you are admitted to the programme, you will receive a letter of conditional acceptance. In order to proceed with your enrolment, you must accept this offer at your earliest convenience. Read more about the steps you need to take after (conditional) acceptance on the website of the Graduate School of Humanities: