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Bachelor European Studies

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 the deadlines

    The application deadlines for applicants with international prior education:

    Non-EU nationals: 1 April 2020
    EU nationals:   1 May 2020



  • 2. Check entry requirements

    Prior education

    • Studying with a foreign diploma at the University of Amsterdam means that a student's preparatory education must be equivalent to the Dutch VWO diploma.
    • The starting level of a regular study programme at Dutch universities is comparable to that of other European countries, which is usually one or two years higher than in most countries outside of Europe.
    • A student's diploma or certificate from prior education will be compared with the list of country qualifications that has been drawn up by the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (Nuffic).

    Use the online International Qualifications Tool below to find out whether you meet the requirements.
    Please note: the information in our international qualifications/diploma calculator was compiled with the greatest care, however, no rights may be derived from it.

    International Qualifications Tool

    Nuffic - Diploma recognition

    English language proficiency

    All students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and write papers in English. It is therefore essential that students have a good command of the English language, which must be supported by a sufficient score on an English language test.

    For more details about the English language test and exemptions, please visit:

    English language proficiency

  • 3. Submit enrolment application in Studielink

    Deadline: 1 April (non-EU nationals), 1 May (EU nationals)

    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. 

    Applicants for the English-taught Bachelor's European Studies need to register in Studielink for European Studies or Europese studies

    After you have registered in Studielink, you will need to submit your UvA application in MyInfo by the deadline applicable to you (see step 6 below).

    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 that you 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


  • 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. Submit your UvA application form

    Deadline: 1 April (non-EU nationals), 1 May (EU nationals)

    After you have registered in Studielink, you will receive an email within 48 hours with a link to our online application system. This is where you will need to submit your application to the University of Amsterdam. Please keep the deadline in mind.

    Required documents

    In this application, you will need to indicate your previous education and upload all of the required documents:

    • Final secondary school/higher education diplomas and grade lists obtained;
    • Proof of recent results (if you are still attending a programme);
    • Official translations in English or Dutch if the diploma and/or transcripts are not already in English, Dutch, German or French;
    • A sufficient English test result, if required and already available. If your results are insufficient, do not upload this test, but send another one at a later date;
    • A curriculum vitae;
    • UvA Matching form.
  • 6. Wait for admission decision

    The outcome of the application will be sent to you by email. We aim to inform you about the admission decision six weeks after the initial submission date of your UvA application form. If you are admitted to the programme, the conditions of the offer will be outlined in the email.

After (conditional) admission

  • 7. Accept or decline offer

    To secure your place on the programme, you will be asked to accept our offer. You will receive a link to the acceptance form and instructions by email. Only once you have accepted our offer will you receive further information about applying for housing and visa (if applicable).

  • 10. Submit certified documents

    If you are admitted to the programme, you will be asked to send certified copies of your documents and test results by regular post. Watch the following video and follow the instructions below.

    Watch the video

    Certified copies:

    • contain the original stamp and signature of the issuing educational institution;
    • mention the names of both the applicant and the institution.

    We require certified copies of the following documents:

    • Secondary school diploma;
    • Final grade list;
    • Official translations in English or Dutch if the diploma and/or transcripts are not already in English, Dutch or German;
    • If applicable, transcript of records of higher education with all credits obtained;
    • If applicable, national university entry exam results.

    Please note that in the case of A-levels, AP-scores and IB-diplomas, the documents must be provided by the official Examination Boards.

    Official certified documents deadlines:

    • 1 June - official English language certificate
    • 31 August - certified copies of your diplomas and final grade list
  • 11. Fill out intake form

    The intake form is mandatory for all students enrolling in a Bachelor's programme and will ask you to reflect on your academic background and motivations for enrolling in the programme. The link to the intake form as well as additional information about the intake process will be sent to you by email.

  • 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.

  • 13. 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 two weeks 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. 

    Study programme introduction

    Most Bachelor's programmes organise a study programme introduction during the Intreeweek. If applicable to your programme, you will receive an invitation separately.