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Application & admission

The post-initial Master’s programme in Latin American Studies is primarily intended for students with a Master’s degree in the social sciences and humanities. Applicants with a Master’s degree in a different field and good students with a Bachelor’s degree may also apply, but are asked to write a research proposal as part of their application.

Student profile

All potential candidates are required to show verifiable knowledge and experience in the areas of Latin American studies, and, upon admission, must have sufficient knowledge of English and Spanish (or possibly Portuguese) to be able to study the required literature and conduct fieldwork.

Please note that in case of doubt, other applicants can be asked to prepare a research proposal as well. Applicants may also be advised to study certain literature or to follow a course before the start of the programme to meet admission requirements.

How to apply 

Non-EU students who need an entry/student visa for the Netherlands should apply before 1 May 2022. Dutch and EU students can apply until 1 June 2022. You can send in your application via the form below. Make sure to send us the following documents: 

  • A letter containing your motivation and research idea (in English)

  • Your curriculum vitae (in English)

  • Copies of your university degrees and academic transcripts (in English, Dutch, Spanish or Portuguese)

Applicants without a Master’s degree in the social sciences or humanities and those applying directly from their Bachelor’s should also include a brief research proposal. Please find the guidelines for this proposal in the document below (PDF). When in doubt whether you are expected to hand in a research proposal, please contact the education secretariat.

Admission is based on the acceptance of your application documentation. In case of need for further information, an intake interview in English with one of the members of the selection committee will take place at CEDLA or via Skype.

Upon admission students will be required to submit proof that they meet the English language requirements of the Graduate School of Humanities. 

Classes always start in the first week of September.

If you have any questions about the Application procedure or which deadline applies to you, please contact us at: E:
T: +31 (0)20 525 2521


If you do not meet the entry requirements above, for example if you have a relevant degree from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) or an equivalent thereof, you can eliminate your deficiencies by completing the pre-Master’s programme Latin American Studies.