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Application and admission

For applicants with international prior education

If you have obtained or will obtain a diploma or degree certificate from an educational institution outside the Netherlands or an international school in the Netherlands, please follow the steps below to apply for this programme.

Application process for applicants with international prior education


Contact details 

If you have any questions throughout the application process, please don't hesitate to contact the International Team (see blow) or the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation: 

Institute for Logic, Language and Computation

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 at least a week before the deadline, 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.


    Starting in September EU/EEA students 15 March
      Non-EU/EEA students 15 January
    Starting in February EU/EEA students 1 December
      Non-EU/EEA students 1 October

    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.

    Read more about UvA Scholarships

  • 2. Check entry requirements

    To apply to the Master's programme Logic you must hold (or expect to obtain soon) a Bachelor's (or equivalent) degree in a relevant discipline, e.g:

    • Computer Science
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Mathematics
    • Philosophy
    • Linguistics

    The Admissions Board will consider admitting candidates who do not satisfy the requirement of relevant undergraduate degree if their list of courses proves that they have acquired the necessary background for postgraduate work in logic.

    Logic background

    Applicants are expected to have a solid background in modern formal logic, affinity with mathematical and formal thinking and sufficient familiarity with mathematical proofs. In practice, this means that incoming students are expected to have taken a course in mathematical logic up to and including the proof of the completeness theorem for first-order logic and have taken courses requiring mathematical or formal reasoning.

    Academic excellence

    In addition, applicants are expected to display academic excellence, usually witnessed by a very strong academic record, i.e., the equivalent of a Dutch cum laude distinction. The tight schedule of the programme leaves very little room to compensate for deficiencies.

    Schakelprogramma / Pre-Master’s programme

    In exceptional cases, candidates who are not admitted by the Admissions Board due to lack of some background knowledge can be admitted to a so-called schakelprogramma (pre-Master’s programme). A schakelprogramma consists of up to 30 EC of relevant Bachelor's courses at the University of Amsterdam. Because most of these courses are taught in Dutch, we can only offer this opportunity to Dutch-speaking students. Upon completion of the pre-Master’s programme, the applicant will then be admitted to the Master of Logic. Note that you cannot directly apply for this pre-Master’s programme.

    More information on the entry requirements

  • 3. Submit enrolment application in Studielink

    Before you can apply to the UvA, you will need to submit an enrolment application in Studielink. Studielink is the national online system for students who would like to pursue a degree programme at a Dutch university.

    Check your DigiD (before starting in Studielink)

    A DigiD (Digital Identification) is an online ID that provides access to government administration websites.

    • Students who do not live in the Netherlands can use Studielink without a DigiD.
    • Students who currently live in the Netherlands will need their DigiD to use Studielink. We strongly recommend you to apply for your DigiD at least three weeks before registering in Studielink.

    Read the step-by-step guide to Studielink

    Before starting your enrolment application in Studielink, read the 'Step-by-step guide to Studielink'.

    Step-by-step guide to Studielink

    Important! While selecting the Master’s programme of your interest in Studielink, make sure to select the regular programme (option 1). Do not select option 2 (after a temporary termination of enrolment) or option 3 (elective) if you are a degree seeking student. You can select the track of your interest later on in DataNose.


  • 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:

    1. A motivation letter in English (max. 500 words)
    2. Your Curriculum Vitae in English
    3. A copy of your high school grade list and diploma
    4. A copy of your Bachelor’s transcript, including an explanation of your university’s grading system.
    5. A copy of your Bachelor’s diploma/certificate (or, if you have not yet finished your current academic programme, a list of courses of your final year)
    6. A description of your Bachelor thesis/project (if applicable)
    7. Two academic reference letters
    8. Proof of English proficiency (if required, may be sent in later in case you do not want to apply for a UvA scholarship)


    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 programme administration: or the International Team (see top of page).

  • 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. To accept or decline your place in the programme, please email as soon as you have decided to:

  • 9. 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.

    Read more about these topics

    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. 

  • 10. 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.