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American Studies (History)
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Application & admission

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.

Application process

  • 1. Check deadlines

    Applicants with a non-EU/EEA nationality
    1 March 2023

    Applicants with a Dutch or other EU/EEA nationality
    15 May 2023

    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:

    Scholarships in the Humanities
  • 2. Check entry requirements

    To gain admission to the Master’s programme in American Studies you must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in:

    • History
    • American Studies (RUG, Radboud)
    • European Studies with a major in European History (UvA) 
    • the humanities, liberal arts or social sciences, with a minimum of 30 ECTS (equivalent to a full-time semester of academic studies) taken in the field of history or American Studies. The interdisciplinary minor in American Studies at the UvA is an ideal preparation for this Master’s, too, and automatically meets the 30 ECTS requirement.

    Student profile

    As a student in the Master’s programme in American Studies, you will be expected to have the following knowledge, skills, and insights:

    • You have a strong academic interest in American history, society, culture, literature, media, and/or politics.
    • You are eager to grapple with scholarship in different fields. By following an interdisciplinary programme based within a history department, American Studies students can pollinate their historical sense with the approaches of other disciplines, and bring a historical sensibility to bear on the present and future.
    • You know how to formulate inquiries into primary sources, how to gather materials, and how to make your way to an original argument. You are also committed to good and lively writing.


    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.

    Pre-master's 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.

    English language requirements

    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.

    Read more about language requirements
  • 3. Register for the Master's in History via Studielink
  • 4. Submit your application form in MyInfo

    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. 

    Application fee

    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.

    Application documents

    Make sure you are well prepared before you start your application, and you have all necessary documents ready. You are asked to upload the following documents:

    • curriculum vitae;
    • proof of language proficiency (if required, see language requirements);
    • transcript of records, up-to-date and issued by your home institution (if you are already a student at the UvA, a screenshot from SIS is sufficient);
    • diploma (if already obtained)* or list of courses yet to complete;
    • translation of your diploma and transcript of records (if they are not in English, Dutch, German or French);
    • motivation form (PDF).

    This programme does not require additional programme-specific documents.

    *Please note: If you have not yet obtained your diploma but are in possession of all other application documents, you may proceed with your application - as long as you obtain your Bachelor's degree before 1 September. If you have a non-Dutch prior education, please bear in mind that you must submit your certified documents before 1 May (non-EEA students) or 1 August (EEA students).

    American Studies experience and motivation form

    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.

    Download the motivation form (PDF)

After submitting your application

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 10 to 12 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: