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Application and Admission

Master's Pedagogical Sciences, track Youth at Risk

Follow the steps below to apply for this degree programme.

Application process

  • 1. Check deadlines

    The Youth at risk programme starts once a year in September.

    • The application deadline is 1 May for applicants with a non-EU/EEA nationality.
    • The application deadline is 1 June for applicants with a Dutch or other EU/EEA nationality.
  • 2. Check entry requirements

    The entry requirements for the Master's track Youth at Risk are outlined in the document below.

    Entry requirements master's programme Youth at Risk 2020-2021

    The following criteria are set for admission:

    1. Sufficient knowledge, understanding and skills in Pedagogical Science, that is:
      • Knowledge of Pedagogical Science and its related fields.
      • Basic knowledge of research methods and applied statistics in social and behavioural science research.
      • Academic skills, as indicated by oral presentation and writing skills.
    2. An active interest in child and youth development, as indicated by earlier study results and a letter of motivation.
    3. Sufficient (active and passive) proficiency in English.

    Eligibility of international applicants

    Applicants from abroad, who wish to enrol in the Master’s programme Youth at risk, must meet a number of requirements regarding academic level and background and proficiency in English. Students with an academic Bachelor’s degree in Child Development Science (Pedagogische wetenschappen), (Developmental) Psychology, Sociology or a closely related discipline are invited to apply, provided they meet all other entry requirements.

    Academic level

    International degrees are evaluated by professional credential evaluators of the UvA. The minimum level of the degree should be equivalent to a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree. Educational systems vary considerably across the world; some Bachelor's degrees are valued at three years of a Dutch university education, while others are valued at two years or less. During the application process we will ask you to upload the documents needed for the credential evaluation. 

  • 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 (username and password) 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

    Submit enrolment application in Studielink

    • Please make sure to select Pedagogical sciences (Pedagogische wetenschappen) as “study programma name (institution)” .
    • Later in the menu you can answer the question "Which track do you want to follow?" with: Youth at risk (in English).

    Submit enrolment application in Studielink

  • 4. Activate your UvAnetID

    After submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, you will receive an email with your UvAnetID. Follow the instructions in the email to activate your ID as you will need it to complete your UvA application.

  • 5. After your registration in Studielink

    After registering in Studielink, you will receive an email with your UvA student number (UvA-net ID) and an email with instructions for the next step of the application process. You need your UvA-net ID to continue with your application.

    As early as possible, but no later than June 1st (April 1st for non-EER students), international applicants must submit an application file consisting of the following documents:

    1. A certified copy of your Bachelor’s degree (not relevant for students with a Dutch Bachelor's degree).
    2. Motivation letter: A letter of motivation (about 500 words, in English) in which you explain why you wish to enroll in this master track and what your specific interests are (i.e., in what field(s) you want to specialise).
    3. Academic transcript: A list of all university courses and examinations that you completed, with credits and grades.  (For final admission, the international applicant must submit certified transcripts.)
    4. List of courses in research methods and statistics: provide a description of the courses (content, literature) that you took as part of your former studies (this is not necessary for students who followed their bachelor programme at the Universiaty of Amsterdam).

      In addition, international students should also include:
    5. English test results: Non-native English speakers must submit their test results of either the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the Cambridge International Examination.

    For any questions about the programme, its entry requirements or the application process, please contact the programme coordinator via yar-cde-fmg@uva.nl


After (conditional) admission

  • 7. Accept/decline offer

    Please inform the Education Desk as soon as possible whether you accept the offer to start start with the master's track Youth at Risk.

  • 9. Attend introduction day

    The introduction of the Master's track Youth at Risk takes place in the last week of August or i the first week of September. Mid-June you will receive an e-mail with all the essential information. Make sure that you are present, so you can meet your fellow students and teachers. You will receive a lot of information about how the master is compiled and what is expected of you.

  • 10. Request student ID carc

    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.