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Communication Science

Application process

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
  • 1. Check deadlines

    The deadlines for completing your application for a start in September are:

    • For applicants from non-EU/EEA countries: 1 April
    • For applicants from EU/EEA countries including The Netherlands: 1 May

    Please make sure that you submit your application via MyInfo before the deadline and that you submit your enrolment application for the Bachelor’s programme in Studielink at least one week before the deadline.

    Please note that the application deadlines for scholarships may vary and could be earlier than our application deadline.

  • 2. Check entry requirements

    Previous education

    Applicants holding a Dutch vwo diploma or hbo propedeuse are eligible to apply to the programme. Students with a foreign diploma are eligible to apply to the programme if their preparatory education is equivalent to the Dutch vwo diploma, with mathematics and English included in the final examination.

    The starting level of a regular study programme at Dutch universities is comparable to that of other Western European countries, which is usually one or two years higher than in most countries outside Western Europe. A student's diploma or certificate from previous education will be compared with the list of approved qualifications


    English language proficiency

    All non-native speakers of English are required to demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English. All students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and undertake written work in English. Students who are considered as native English speakers are those who have obtained their diploma in Australia, Canada (with the exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States of America. Non-native speakers of English are required to submit a valid English test score which must be obtained no longer than two years before the start of the programme.

    • TOEFL test: minimum score 92, at least 22 on each sub-score.

    The TOEFL ITP test (Institutional Testing Program) is NOT accepted.

    • IELTS test (Academic): minimum score 6.5, at least 6 on each sub-score
    • Cambridge International Examinations: minimum scores Cambridge English: 170 ( Advanced -C; Proficiency - C).


    These applicants are exempted from the English test:

    • Applicants with a Dutch VWO diploma, Dutch four-year HBO degree certificate and a Dutch HBO-propaedeutic diploma.
    • Applicants with 3 GCE A-levels and 3 GCSE O-levels.
    • Applicants with the course English included in their final examination in one of the exempted diplomas for the English language test (e.g. German Abitur, Belgian ASO (Flemish), International Baccalaureate, and others). The diploma must be obtained no longer than two years before the start of the programme.

    Taking the test

    Students are strongly encouraged to make early preparations for the test. Please note that you need to have taken the test before the application deadline, we do not accept tests planned after the deadline. Refer to the contact details of test centres below. In case of insufficient scores, applicants can do a resit as long as deadlines are respected. Without sufficient test scores, you do not meet our admission requirements.

    TOEFL test

    IELTS test

    Cambridge exams

  • 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 persue 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

    Click here to go to 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.

    Please note that, after submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, it will take approximately 48 hours before you receive your UvAnetID. So make sure you register in Studielink well in advance so you do not miss the application deadline (see step 1).

  • 5. Submit your UvA application form

    After you have registered in Studielink, you will also receive an email from Studielink (within a few days) with a link to our online application system. This is where you will submit your application to the University of Amsterdam.

    As part of the online application we will ask you to submit the following documents:

    • Transcripts and diplomas for secondary and, if applicable, higher education. If you have not obtained your diploma yet, please submit all grades obtained up until the very moment of application as well as your predicted grades. If the diploma and/or transcripts are not in English, Dutch, French or German, please send in an official translation as well as the original document;
    • English test score;
    • Letter of motivation;
    • Curriculum vitae;
    • Letter of reference.

    We are looking for good students: however, no minimum grades or average grade are stipulated. We accept students on a rolling bases: the earlier you apply the sooner you will know the outcome.

    Do you have questions about the application process? Please take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions.

  • 6. Wait for admission decision

    The admissions committee only reviews complete applications. After the review we will inform you by email if you are conditionally accepted to the programme. The entire review procedure will take six to eight weeks.

After conditional admission
  • 7. Accept/decline offer

    In order to secure your place in the programme, you need to confirm your start by accepting our offer. You will automatically receive the link to the acceptance form via email. Please keep in mind that we require you to respond within two weeks after receiving this link. Important enrolment procedures, for example for immigration and housing, are triggered by this confirmation. So confirming your start is very important.

  • 8. UvA Matching for international students: register and participate

    UvA Matching for international students is an introduction to the Bachelor’s programme you are applying for. For the Bachelor’s in Communication Science, this is participation in the Online Programme Fit. The Online Programme Fit is a mandatory part of the application procedure for all prospective Bachelor’s students who have completed their prior education at a non-Dutch educational institution. This includes prospective students applying with an International Baccalaureate, obtained in the Netherlands. Read more about the Uva Matching for international students.

  • 9. Submit certified documents

    Once you have been conditionally admitted, you will need to submit certified copies of your transcript, diploma and English test result. In your admission letter is stated what documents we will need to receive from you, and before which deadline.

  • 10. Register for immigration, housing, start appointment

    If you are an international student, you will need to arrange a variety of practical matters before starting your studies. This includes your visa or residence permitinsurance and housing. You will receive an email with more information about this after you have been admitted.

    UvA Student Services organises Start Appointments every year (free of charge) for international students. They will help you with any issues that you may have regarding your enrolment. You will receive an invitation for the Start Appointment via email.


  • 11. Attend introduction day

    In the week before the start of the programme, you will need to attend the compulsory Introduction Day. On this day you will receive all relevant programme information to make a good start and we will register you for the courses of the first semester of the Bachelor’s programme in Communication Science. We will send you detailed information about the Introduction Day in July.

  • 12. 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.