Foreign diplomas are always sent to the Deans of the University of Amsterdam for a credential evaluation first. The deans compare diplomas in terms of equivalence to Dutch academic training. After they have given their advice, our admissions committee looks at the (amount of) psychology courses in the candidate's academic training.
In The Netherlands the Bachelors programmes are mono-disciplinary, i.e. Dutch psychology students get almost only psychology (-related) courses. This system differs somewhat from Atlantic bachelors programmes e.g., which are mostly broader in set-up. The more psychology courses applicants have on their transcript, the more chance there is to be qualified for this programme. Unfortunately our department cannot offer a ‘repair' programme for international applicants at UvA since our bachelor education is entirely in Dutch.
All international applicants who are non-native English speakers and who apply for the research master's programme in Psychology are required to demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English to enrol in university-level courses. Students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and undertake written work in English.
Applicants must submit one of the following tests. No other tests are accepted. Please note that only international, not institutional tests are accepted. The English Language Proficiency results remain valid for two years. Original test scores should be sent either by the testing institution or by the student to the Admissions Committee.
Please note: applicants who obtained their bachelor's diploma in the Netherlands, or applicants who can prove to have successfully finished an English-taught programme at university level, do not have to take an English language test.
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Students are required to have a score of at least 7.0 on the academic module, with a minimum score of 7.0 for the separate components of the test.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
Students are required to have a score of at least 100 (internet based test) with a minimum score of 24 for the separate components of the test. Our TOEFL code is 9011 University of Amsterdam.
- Cambridge International Examination.
Students are required to have a score of at least 183 or at least ‘B' for the Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or at least ‘C' for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).