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Comparative Cultural Analysis (Arts and Culture)
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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

    The Master's programme in Comparative Cultural Analysis is open for application to students with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in the Humanities or Social Sciences with an emphasis on theories of contemporary culture, to a minimum of 30 ECTS (equivalent to a full-time semester of academic studies). In exceptional cases, the programme may accept students with a different (i.e. practice-based, such as art school) background who are motivated to follow this programme.  

    Student profile 

    You will be considered for admission to the Master’s programme if you have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight and skills:

    • Academic knowledge and interest in the field of theoretical literature. If you do not have a substantial amount of credits/academic knowledge related to the field of study, you will not be admitted.
    • Academic knowledge and interest in cultural phenomena, in particular works of art and literature, cinema and new media, and academic and popular culture. Topics that you will come across during your studies with us could include issues of contemporary global cultures (translation, multilingualism), popular culture, questions of gender identity and sexuality (desire, posthumanism), and social and political issues (class, multilingual cultures, conflicts, affects and disability).
    • Good research skills at Bachelor’s level. You are able to conduct research independently (i.e. collecting material, applying theory and writing a thesis).
    • Strong interest in making a contribution to the specific interdisciplinary academic environment of the Graduate School, convincingly demonstrated in a motivation letter in which you explain why you think you can successfully complete this specific programme.
    • You are expected to have an awareness of basic theoretical notions in contemporary theories of culture.

    If you are unsure whether you meet the entry requirements, you are advised to get in touch with the programme coordinator before applying (See: Contact and Open Days).

    Hbo-bachelor not eligible

    We do not offer a pre-Master’s programme (schakelprogramma) for this MA. In exceptional cases,  students with a different (i.e. practice-based, such as art school) background who are motivated to follow this programme may be admitted.

    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. See the English language requirements on the Graduate School of Humanities website.

    Read more about language requirements
  • 3. Register for the Master's in Arts and Culture in 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).

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: