Application process for applicants with international prior education
Contact details International Team
If you have any questions throughout the application process, please don't hesitate to contact the International Team.
1. Check the deadlines
To apply for this Master’s programme you will need to register in Studielink AND apply for the programme at the Faculty of Science through DataNose before the mentioned dates, even if you have not completed your Bachelor’s programme yet.
Start your application procedure on time
We strongly advise international students to apply as early as possible and no later than a week before the mentioned dates as the registrations in Studielink and DataNose and getting all documents ready will take several days. Additionally, affordable accommodation is scarce in Amsterdam. Although the University of Amsterdam can assist in finding accommodation but cannot give any guarantees regarding housing, early applicants do have a slightly bigger chance in finding a room through the UvA than late applicants.
Please note that applications received after the deadline will not be considered for admission.
Starting in September EU/EEA students
30 June 23.59 CEST
31 January 23.59 CEST
Deadline with a UvA Scholarship
Please note that if you want to apply for a UvA Scholarship, other deadlines for application to the Master's programme apply.
2. Check entry requirements
You are eligible to apply for the Master's programme Earth Sciences if you fulfil the following entry requirements:
1. Prior education
Students are eligible to apply if they have a Bachelor's degree in Earth Sciences, Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences, or in Future Planet Studies with a natural science major. Admission with a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry or Computer Science is also possible but only with proven interest in the field of ecosystem science.
All students go through an admissions procedure in which gaps in the students' knowledge and skills are identified. If necessary, students must be willing to study extracurricular course material, depending on your background, before starting the track.
2. Grade point average
You have an overall grade point average (GPA) equivalent to at least:
- 3.0 (American system)
- 2.1 (a second class upper/division one degree in the British system)
- C (ECTS-system)
Admission, however, will not be granted based on a sufficient grade point average alone.
3. English language proficiency
Your ability to write and speak in English must be at an academic level. To prove your level of English please provide us with your scores of one of the following tests:
- the TOEFL Test,
- the test of the International English Language Testing Service (Academic IELTS)
- a Cambridge Examination Score (C1 Advanced (CAE) and C2 Proficiency (CPE).
Other tests will not be accepted.
Students with a Bachelor’s degree from a Dutch university and students who successfully finished a full academic programme at an esteemed institute in one of the following countries are exempt: UK, Ireland, USA, Canada (with the exception of Quebec), Australia and New Zealand.
Please be informed that the application file from students who need a visa will be put on hold until we receive a sufficient English proficiency test.
For more details about the English language test and required scores, please visit:
Deadlines for test results
- For Non-EU/EEA students the required English test result should be received by the International Team at the Faculty of Science on or before 1 February in the year of application. If this is not possible, contact the International Team before applying.
- For EU/EEA students the deadline of submitting the test results is 1 July.
Note that if you want to apply for a scholarship other deadlines apply.
Deficiencies in your skills and knowledge?
All students go through an admissions procedure in which gaps in the students' knowledge and skills are identified. If necessary, students must be willing to study extracurricular course material, depending on their background, before starting the track.
Admission during COVID-19
Due to the Corona pandemic, the UvA will allow you to start your Master’s programme before having fully completed your Bachelor’s degree. For information on how to submit your request for admission with study delay, check under Step 8.
- 3. Submit enrolment application in Studielink
4. Activate your UvAnetID
Within 48 hours after submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, you will receive an email with your UvAnetID and an email with instructions for the next step of the application process. Follow the instructions in the email to activate your UvAnetID as you will need it to complete your UvA application.
5. Submit your UvA application form
Only after activating your UvAnetID, you can submit your UvA online application via DataNose.
Please make sure to upload the required documents in PDF format. Applicants who (will) hold more than one academic degree must merge copies of all academic transcripts into one PDF.
In DataNose we expect you to upload the following documents:
- A motivation letter in English (max. 500 words)
- Your Curriculum Vitae in English
- A copy of your high school grade list and diploma
- A copy of your Bachelor’s transcript in Dutch, English, German or French and in the original language, including an explanation of your university’s grading system.
- A copy of your Bachelor’s diploma/certificate in Dutch, English, German or French and in the original language. If you have not finished your current academic programme yet, a list of courses of your final year
- A description of your Bachelor thesis/project in English (if applicable)
- Two email addresses of referees. Please make sure they are notified and available for contact via email
- Proof of English proficiency
Please make sure you have uploaded all the required documents, as you can't add any documents after submitting. Only your English scores can be sent in later.
If you have any questions about the required documents as an international degree student, please contact the International Team.
6. Wait for admission decision
As soon as you have submitted the (sufficiently) complete online form in DataNose, your application file will be acknowledged. It differs per programme how long it takes before you are informed via email about the decision on admission. However it will not take longer than 6 weeks. An admission will always be conditional as we must still verify your documents (consult step 8). You can track the status of your admission using the checklist in DataNose.
After (conditional) admission
7. Accept or decline offer
If you are conditionally admitted to the Master’s programme you will receive an admissions letter by means of email. In the letter you will find a link to DataNose to accept or decline your place in the programme. This has to be done within two weeks. If you have questions about this, please contact the International Team.
8. Request for admission with study delay
Between 1 July and 31 August you can submit your request for admission to the Master’s programme with an unfinished Bachelor’s in DataNose. To submit this request, you should meet all the requirements listed below. In addition, you should have completed all the exams and resits in your Bachelor’s programme and know for sure that you cannot complete your Bachelor’s before 1 September. You will need to complete any missing courses during the 2022-2023 academic year.
Please note: in order to complete your Bachelor’s you will have to re-enroll in your Bachelor’s programme!
Admission requirements with unfinished Bachelor’s
- You have applied for the Master’s programme in Studielink and Datanose before the deadline
- You have received a (conditional) offer of admission to the Master’s programme
- The deficiency in your Bachelor’s programme does not exceed 15 ECTS. This may comprise courses or your Bachelor’s thesis
- In case the deficiency does exceed 15 ECTS due to a larger Bachelor’s thesis, you should have completed a large part of the project and the remaining workload should not exceed 15 ECTS
If you wish to make use of the option to start your Master’s programme with an unfinished Bachelor’s degree, you will need to seriously consider the overall achievability of your combined study programme. Unfortunately, we are not able to make provisions for any overlaps in planning concerning exams, classes, etc.
This regulation applies to Dutch/EU students who want to start their Master’s at the UvA in September 2022 and are enrolled in a Bachelor’s or pre-Master’s programme at the UvA in 2021-2022, or in a Bachelor’s at another university in the Netherlands or in the EU/EEA.
9. Submit certified documents
If you are (conditionally) admitted then do check your DataNose application. The link in your checklist gives you all required information about the verification of your previous education.
10. Register for immigration, housing, start appointment
You will need to arrange a variety of practical matters before starting your studies. This includes your visa or residence permit, insurance and housing.
After your (conditional) admission you will receive information by means of email on how to complete your registration and how to apply for a visa or residence permit, if needed.
11. Request student ID card
A student ID card is a personal card which serves as proof of identity for examinations or borrowing library books. You will receive instructions on how to request your student ID card.