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Can you check my curriculum and tell me if I am eligible?

We don’t do preliminary assessments of information sent by email to see whether you are eligible, unfortunately. Please upload your transcript and other required documents in your application. Your eligibility will only be assessed based on a  complete application file.

Why cultural Psychology at the UvA?

  1. Study at the most international European university and one of the top-rated European research institutes
  2. Acquire theoretical knowledge on Cultural Psychology and hands-on skills through a coherent curriculum
  3. Engage in discussion and receive guidance by a dedicated team of experts in Cultural Psychology
  4. Spend time abroad during your internship or thesis (optional)
  5. Be part or benefit from an active student fraction

I do not meet all entry requirements. Can I apply for the pre-Master’s?

Click ‘pre-Master’s’ to find all relevant information.


All applications are being evaluated by a centralized Admissions Committee and pass two rounds of selection. In the first round, candidates’ eligibility is assessed. Only applicants who meet all entry requirements (or are expected to meet them by the start of the programme) are considered eligible. International diplomas are verified and assessed regarding comparability to a Dutch bachelor diploma by specialized deans. In the second round, applicants are ranked regarding the likelihood that they successfully pass the master’s programme within a year. For this ranking, various characteristics are taken into account (e.g., GPA, study pace, writing skills, motivation, expectations, etc).

Is there an expiry date for the English language proficiency test?

  • We accept tests that have been obtained up to three years previous to the application deadline.

Is there an expiry date for the Introduction to Cultural Psychology course?

  • No

Do I need to enclose a letter of reference with my application?

  • No, we do not ask for a letter of reference.

I am an international student (either from EU or non-EU). Where can I find information about visa, housing, insurance, transportation, working in the Netherlands, and other practical matters?

  • Information about practical matters can be found in this link. Finding housing in Amsterdam can be time-consuming. We therefore advise you to explore your accommodation options early on. The Cultural Psychology programme does not arrange housing for their students.

Will Brexit affect tuition fees?

  • We currently cannot provide information on this.

I doubt about which master’s programme suits me best. Who can consult me about this?

  • As a general strategy, we advise you to take a close look at the curriculum of the programmes you are interested in and consult the study advisors of the respective university departments. General questions regarding your choice for a study programme can be addressed by the Student Service Desk of the University of Amsterdam.  
  • If you have specific questions about the Cultural Psychology master (for example about the curriculum content) which are not addressed on our website, you may contact the coordinator of the Cultural Psychology master’s, Eftychia Stamkou (culturalpsychology-fmg@uva.nl)

I have followed a course in Cultural Psychology in a university other than the University of Amsterdam. Do I meet the entry requirement “Introductory course in Cultural Psychology”?

  • Applicants are expected to have basic knowledge of Cultural Psychology when they enter the master’s programme. To ensure this, we expect applicants to have completed an introductory course in Cultural Psychology. This course should introduce you to the discipline of cultural psychology, the development of culture and discuss the major cultural differences in psychological functioning (e.g. self, social relations, emotion, motivation, cognition, perception). Courses that are very specific and zoom in on only one aspect of how culture affects psychological functioning (e.g. intercultural communication) do not meet our entry requirement. 

    If you followed one of the courses listed below, you meet the entry requirement “Introductory course in Cultural Psychology”:
    • Cultuurvergelijking: Theorie en Onderzoek (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands – bachelor’s course)
    • Intercultural psychology (Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands – bachelor’s course)
    • Cultural Psychology (Tilburg University, The Netherlands – bachelor’s course)
    • Cultural Psychology for non-Psychology students (Tilburg University, The Netherlands)
    • Cross-cultural Research Methods (Tilburg University, The Netherlands – advanced course)
    • Cultural Psychology (University of Groningen, The Netherlands – master’s course)
    • Culture and Cognition (Jacobs University Bremen, Germany – bachelor’s course)
    • Cross Cultural Psychology (Open University of Israel – bachelor’s course)
    • Cross Cultural Psychology (Universitas Indonesia – bachelor’s course)
    • Cross-Cultural Psychology (University of Leuven – bachelor’s course)
    • Introduction to Cultural Psychology (University of Heidelberg, Germany – bachelor’s course/ seminar 10PSY317E)
    • Culture & Behavior (Boğaziçi University, Turkey - bachelor’s course)
    • Cross-Cultural Psychology (University of Toronto, Canada - bachelor’s course)
    • Multicultural Psychology (Sogang University, Korea - bachelor’s course)
    • Multicultural Psychology (Bishop’s University, Canada)
    • Cross-Cultural Psychology (University of Wellington, New Zealand)
    • Cultural Psychology (University of British Columbia, Canada)
    • Cultural Psychology – Singapore University of Social Sciences (BA course)
    • Cultural Diversity: Theory and Practice (Tilburg University, The Netherlands)


  • If you followed one of the courses listed below, you do not meet the entry requirement “Introductory course in Cultural Psychology”:
    • Social and cross-cultural psychology (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
    • Intercultural Communication (Tilburg University, The Netherlands)
    • Multicultural psychology: personal and societal wellbeing (Università Cattolica, Milano)
    • Cultuur en Gedrag (University of Nijmegen, The Netherlads)
    • Intercultural Communication (Univerdidad Catolica de Argentina, Buenos Aires)
    • Intergroup relations from a multicultural perspective (Radboud University, The Netherlands)
    • Cross-cultural psychology of health and illness' (Leiden University, The Netherlands)
    • Diversité des cultures et interculturation (Université Toulouse Jean Jaurés, France – bachelor’s course)
    • Psychologie interculturelle (Université Toulouse Jean Jaurés, France – master’s course)
    • Cross-cultural Psychology of Health and Illness (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands)
    • Culture and Diversity at Work (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands)
    • International Psychology - Maastricht University (BA course)
    • Cultural and Social Dimensions of Psychology Theoretical Perspectives and Themes - Roskilde University (BA course)

  • If the course you followed is not included in any of the above two lists, please send an email to the track coordinator including the syllabus of the course you followed as well as information about the level of the course (bachelor’s or master’s level). The coordinator will evaluate whether the content of the course you followed is equivalent to the course offered at the University of Amsterdam.  

I have a question/problem regarding tuition fees, enrolment, or registration. Who should I contact?

  • The Student Service Desk is the first point of contact for general questions about studying at the UvA. They also help you out with administrative issues.

I do not have a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, nor have I taken sufficient courses to demonstrate sufficient basic psychological knowledge), can I still apply? Do you offer a pre-master?

  • No, we unfortunately do not offer a pre-master’s programme and without a bachelor’s degree in Psychology or enough credits in Psychology courses, you may not apply for our master’s programme.

Is it possible to combine this master with another master’s programme at the UvA?

  • We do not believe that the workload of our current, full-time programme allows you to participate in another full-time programme at the same time. However, it is possible to enroll for another master’s after you have obtained a master’s degree in Cultural Psychology. Please make sure to inform yourself about the costs associated with a second master’s degree.

Can I do a PhD after I complete the Cultural Psychology master’s programme?

  • It is possible to pursue a PhD after you have completed the Cultural Psychology Master's programme. However, different countries have different regulations with regards to the admission and status of PhD candidates. If you are interested in pursuing a PhD in the Netherlands, you need to consider that PhD projects are usually funded by certain funding organizations (e.g., NWO), not by the universities themselves. To pursue your PhD at a Dutch university, you have to apply for one of the available grants by yourself and/or in collaboration with an academic staff member. It is worth to note that certain funding organizations require applicants to have completed a research master's degree (which is a 2-year programme focused on research). Without this degree you might have a disadvantage in the competition. This is not to say that doing a PhD after you have done our programme is unlikely - you would just have to demonstrate you have adequate research skills. If the topic of the PhD is closely related to your background education, you could have an advantage even over people who have followed research-focused master’s programme. Other countries than The Netherlands do not require that PhD candidates have completed a research master's degree.

I would like to apply for the Cultural Psychology master’s. However, the application deadline (1st of March) has passed. Can I still apply for the master’s?

  • Unfortunately, you cannot apply for the Cultural Psychology master’s after the 1st of March. Your alternative option would be to apply for the master’s in the next academic year

Due to the coronavirus I have not yet been able to finish my Bachelor's programme. Can I start with my master nevertheless?

The UvA will make it possible for you to start with your Master’s, even if your Bachelor’s has not yet been fully completed. We call this ‘a soft cut with restrictions’. There is normally a ‘hard cut’ and you cannot start your Master’s until you have obtained your Bachelor's.

Master's in Psychology
If you have a limited study delay, you can nevertheless be admitted to the Psychology Master’s, but only if the delay came about during courses in the second semester of this academic year (blocks 4, 5 and 6) and is corona-related. Your delay may also not exceed 15 ECTS, and these courses may not be part of the basic and track-specific selection requirements of your master track. With a delay of more than 15 ECTS, it’s no longer an achievable study programme: the student would have to earn too many ECTS in one year.


  • You can complete the ‘missing’ Bachelor’s courses during the Master’s. You’ll be given the opportunity to do so throughout the academic year 2020-2021. This guideline also applies to students who wish to transfer from a Bachelor's programme at another Dutch university to a Master's programme at the UvA. You have to (re)register for both programmes.
  • You can apply for Admission with a study delay as of July 1st.
  • If you wish to transfer from a Bachelor's programme at another Dutch university to a Master's programme at the UvA, you’re application will need to include:
  1. A transcript of your Bachelor results
  2. A statement from the current university showing that the delay came about in the 2nd semester and that you have already obtained at least 165 EC of your Bachelor's program.