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Application and admission

Every programme at the Graduate School of Humanities has its own entry requirements, application procedure and deadlines. Please be sure to carefully follow the steps below.

Application process

  • 1. Check deadlines

    Application deadline

    Application deadline

    Type of applicant

    1 March 2020

    • All applicants*

    * If you are an applicant with an EU/EEA nationality and wish to apply for housing, you must submit your application by 1 March.

    Applying for a scholarship?

    If you are interested in a scholarship, you need to apply for both the Master's programme and the scholarship before 15 January. Learn more about scholarships in the Humanities on the website of the Graduate School of Humanities.

  • 2. Check entry requirements

    The Master's programme in Curating Art and Cultures is open for application to students with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in:

    The humanities, with a minimum equivalent to a full-time semester of academic studies in art history, history, or cultural studies, or an academic concentration in design, fashion or media studies.

    For the specialisation Curating Art and Cultures an awareness of basic theoretical notions in museum studies or museology and previous internship experience are a plus.

    If you are unsure whether you meet the entry requirements, you are advised to get in touch with the programme coordinator before applying (See: Contact and Open Days).

    Hbo-bachelor not eligible

    It is not possible to apply to this programme with a degree from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (hbo). We do not offer a preparatory programme (schakelprogramma) for this MA.

    Language requirements

    Master's students should be able to speak, read, write and understand English at an advanced academic level. Before starting your application in MyInfo,  make sure to check on the Graduate School of Humanities website whether you already meet the English language requirements or whether you may need to arrange to take an official English language test. In your MyInfo application, you may also need to upload an English language test score report which meets the English language requirements of the Graduate School Humanities.

    Additionally, the internship at a Netherlands-based museum or cultural institution is an integral component of the programme. Students applying to the programme should therefore also be able to demonstrate an understanding of Dutch before the start of the internship. Non-native Dutch-speaking students will be encouraged to take a Dutch course during the first six months of the programme. Please note that there are a limited number of English-only internships.

    Selection procedure

    The programme Curating Art and Cultures has two separate specialisations. Depending on which specialisation you wish to pursue, the application and selection procedure differs slightly.

    Specialisation Curating Art and Cultures
    The Dual Master’s in Curating Art and Cultures is a competitive and professional programme that includes a year-long curatorial internship. Due to the limited number of internship placements (no more than eighteen per year), applicants must first undergo a three-round selection procedure before being admitted.

    In the first round of the selection procedure, the student’s application (consisting of the standard application documents) will be evaluated by a selection committee comprising the programme coordinators from the UvA and the VU, as well as additional academic staff. Applicants who have reached the second round will be asked to write an opinion piece regarding one of the participating museums or cultural institutions in the Netherlands, or an equivalent institution in their own country. Applicants progressing through to the final round will be invited for a (Skype) interview with the coordinators and curators. During the interview, candidates will be asked to further explain their motivation, reply to questions about their opinion piece and indicate what type of internship they envision.  Students will be informed of the final application decision by 15 May.

    Specialisation Arts of the Netherlands
    Arts of the Netherlands is a competitive and selective research programme that offers entrance to a maximum of fifteen outstanding students per year. The selection is based on merit, which will be determined on the basis of grades, undergraduate degree, general suitability for the programme, references and motivation.

    Applicants must demonstrate outstanding preparation in their BA studies and extracurricular activities, excellent grades,  a strong commitment to the programme’s mission and an ability to think and argue in clear, analytical and nuanced ways. In addition to the standard application documents, students are asked to submit a programme specific document (a writing sample). Please see step 5 for more detailed information.

    Grade average

    During the selection procedure preference will be given to students who have obtained at least the following grade average for the courses related to the programme you are pursuing:

    • 7.0 (Dutch system)
    • B/3.3  (American system)
    • 2.2 HONS (an upper second class honours degree in the British system)
    • C (ECTS-system)

    Students with lower grade averages are welcome to apply too, particularly those who obtained a sufficient grade average in the advanced phase of their prior education.

  • 3. Register in Studielink
  • 4. Activate your UvAnetID

    After submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, you will receive an email with your UvAnetID by email within 48 hours. Follow the instructions in the email to activate your ID as you will need it to complete your UvA application in MyInfo (see next step). If you already have a UvAnetID, you can skip this step.

  • 5. Submit your UvA application form

    After enrolling in Studielink, you will automatically receive an email with a link to your MyInfo UvA application form. To log in to MyInfo you need your UvAnetID. Please fill out the application form, upload the required documents and submit your MyInfo application form before the application deadline. For detailed information, please follow the link to further information on applying in MyInfo below.

    Before starting your application, please take the following into account:


    You need to submit your application before the application deadline applicable to you (please see step 1). Late applications will not be considered.

    English language requirements

    In your MyInfo application you will need to upload an English language test score report that meets the English language requirements of the Graduate School Humanities.

    Before starting your application in MyInfo, make sure you check the English language requirements on the Graduate School of Humanities website.

    Application fee

    All applicants holding a nationality outside the EU/EEA are required to pay an application fee of €100 per Studielink enrolment before submitting your MyInfo application form. You will find payment instructions on your application form.

    Application documents

    As part of your application in MyInfo, you are required to upload transcripts, diplomas, a motivation form, a CV/resume, and an English language test report (unless you are exempt). Please find detailed information and guidelines on the application documents you need to upload in MyInfo on the Graduate School of Humanities website.

    The programme Curating Art and Cultures has two separate specialisations. Please indicate on the motivation form which specialisation you intend to pursue.

    Programme-specific documents

    Specialisation Curating Art and Cultures
    In the first round, you do not yet need to upload a programme-specific document in MyInfo. Only applicants who reach the second round will be asked to hand in a programme-specific document (an opinion piece). These applicants will receive additional information after the first selection round.

    Specialisation Arts of the Netherlands
    Your application will be evaluated by a selection committee comprising the programme coordinator as well as additional academic staff.  Applicants are asked to submit a recent academic writing sample (no older than one year), in English, and no more than 2.500 words, excluding footnotes and bibliography. Writing samples will be assessed on the basis of research question, argumentation, analysis, language use and evidence of research skills. Students will be informed of the final application decision by 15 May.

  • 6. Wait for admission decision

    Once we receive your complete application, it will be evaluated by our admissions committee. Late applications will not be considered. You will be notified about the admission decision by email. We aim to inform you within 8 weeks of the application deadline.

After (conditional) admission

  • 7. Accept/decline offer

    Applicants who are offered a place on the Master’s programme will receive a separate email with a link where you can accept, defer or decline your offer. Please make sure you respond within 2 weeks. We will only continue to further process your application, including your housing and visa application (if applicable), after you have confirmed our Accept Offer.

    You will receive more instructions on how to complete your enrolment in due time. For now, please read the steps below.

    If you decide to decline our programme offer, make sure you also withdraw your enrolment application in Studielink to avoid receiving emails about completing your enrolment. 

  • 8. Submit certified documents

    If you have been (conditionally) admitted to our Master's programme, you can only start the programme in September if you have graduated from your Bachelor's before 1 September 2020*. In order for us to verify this, you are required to send us certified copies of your transcripts and degree certificates (we strongly advise against sending us original diplomas and transcripts). Note that you need to send us these documents by post. Plain copies or digital scans of the original certified documents are not accepted.

    Please note that if the original language of your documents is in another language than English, Dutch, German or French, these documents must be translated into English by a sworn translator for application to the Graduate School of Humanities.

    Deadlines for sending certified documents:
    1 August: applicants with non-Dutch degree
    24 August: applicants with Dutch degree

    Postal address:
    Universiteit van Amsterdam
    Graduate School of Humanities, Admissions Office
    PO Box 93055, 1090 BB Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    * If you have completed your studies, but the diploma itself will not be issued until after 31 August, please provide the Admissions Office with an official statement of graduation, signed and stamped by your university. In this graduation statement your university needs to declare that you have fulfilled all graduation requirements and have graduated from the Bachelor's programme, stating your exact graduation date. This graduation date must be a date before 1 September 2020.

  • 9. Register for immigration, housing, start appointment

    In order to study in the Netherlands, you may need to apply for a residence permit and/or an entry visa. This depends on your nationality. You will receive an email from the immigration department with a link to an online application form after you have accepted our offer. More information on how to apply for UvA housing and on the UvA start appointment will become available in May.

    Please keep in mind that the housing market in Amsterdam is very competitive and that applying for student housing through the UvA does not guarantee placement. For this reason, we advise you to start your orientation for housing options early and to always explore the private housing market as well. The UvA housing service is always offered for a fixed period of one year (two semesters) to new incoming international students. 

    Get more information about practical matters for international students.

  • 10. Register for courses

    Online course registration for the first semester takes place in June. All information about course registration can be found via the link below. 

    In the Course Catalogue, you can find the courses you will need to take each semester. The course catalogue for programmes starting in September is released in May. On www.rooster.uva.nl, you can enter your courses and see your own (weekly) timetable.

    Find more information about course registration on the Graduate School of Humanities website.

  • 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.

  • 12. Attend the introduction

    To help you get started in Amsterdam, the UvA and the Faculty of Humanities organise several mandatory and optional introduction sessions before the start of the semester. 

    START appointment
    During the individual Start appointment, you will be able to collect your student ID card and check the status of your enrolment. More information about the START appointment

    Faculty introduction meeting
    At the Faculty introduction meeting, which will take place in the week before the start of the semester, you will receive practical information about studying at the Faculty of Humanities and in Amsterdam. Moreover, it is a great way to meet other new students at the Faculty of Humanities. 

    The Intreeweek is a great way to get to know Amsterdam, the UvA and your fellow UvA students. The Intreeweek is open to international and Dutch students for a small fee. Each year, a team of dedicated students organise this major event to kick-off the new year. You can find details on the Intreeweek website. 

    Programme-specific introduction
    Most Master's programmes organise a programme-specific introduction during the Intreeweek. If applicable to your programme, you will receive an invitation from your Programme Coordinator separately.