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Application process

For applicants with Dutch prior education

If you have obtained or will obtain a diploma or degree certificate from a Dutch educational institution, please follow the steps below to apply for this programme.

Application process

  • 1. Check the deadlines

    In light of the coronavirus outbreak, the official application deadline for Bachelor’s programmes has been moved to 1 June. However, to leave enough time for immigration and housing processes, we have different advisory deadlines for specific groups of applicants.

    Bachelor’s applicants with an EU nationality who need to apply for student housing

    Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, the recommended application deadline to submit a complete file was 1 May. The recommended application deadline remains 1 May, but we're extending the deadline to send in your English test results to 18 May.

    Bachelor’s applicants with EU nationality who do not need to apply for student housing

    Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, the application deadline was 1 May. The new application deadline is 1 June. For information about the extended deadline to complete the online application, please contact either the Central Admissions Office, the AUC or your Faculty’s admissions office.

  • 2. Check entry requirements

    Prior education

    VWO Diploma

    All students who have obtained a VWO diploma from a Dutch secondary educational institution are eligible for the Bachelor's in Media and Culture.

    HBO First Year Degree

    Students who have completed the first year or first phase of a degree programme at a HBO institution are eligible for the Bachelor's in Media and Culture.

    Please be aware that many students find the move from a HBO to a university degree programme to be a challenging transition. If you are currently enrolled in a HBO degree programme, you may opt to complete the programme before transitioning to a university Bachelor's programme. Depending on the completed HBO degree programme, you may receive an exemption of up to 60 ECTS for certain parts of the Bachelor's programme.

    Please note that if you have already completed a Bachelor’s in the Netherlands, the higher institutional tuition fees apply.

    Colloquium doctum

    A colloquium doctum is a special admission procedure for people who are not eligible for the Bachelor's in Media and Culture on the basis of their obtained diplomas, and who are aged 21 or older.

    English language requirements

    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 or one of the exempted diplomas, such as the VWO diploma or a HBO propedeuse (non-EU students with a HBO propedeuse are not exempted).

  • 3. 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. Participate in UvA Matching

    UvA Matching is part of your enrolment in a Bachelor's programme at the UvA. You will become acquainted with the programme and with studying, and will have the opportunity to check whether the programme is a good fit for you. If you would like to get to know the programme from a bit closer up, we recommend that you also take part in an online information day, such as UvA Experience Days (UvA Proefstuderen) or Student for a day (Student voor een dag).


    The Matching procedure for Media and Culture will take place online. You can register for Matching once you have enrolled via Studielink. Once you have activated your UvAnetID, you will gain access to SIS, where you can see Matching in the Enrolment Checklist. You can register for Matching by using the SIS Planner.

    After you have enrolled, you can visit Canvas, the UvA’s virtual learning environment, in order to complete the Matching and to look up additional information on the further procedure.

    Please note: Participation in UvA Matching is usually a mandatory part of your enrolment. However, in light of the crisis surrounding the coronavirus outbreak, the UvA has decided that if you cannot participate in UvA Matching or complete the test before the deadline, this will not impact your request for enrolment in the academic year 2020-2021. Although it is thus not strictly mandatory to attend the Matching, we still strongly urge everyone to take part, as it is a valuable step of your enrolment process.

After (conditional) admission

  • 6. Fill out intake form

    After admission, you are required to fill out the intake form which will be sent to you by email. Filling out the form is necessary in order for you to be registered for first-semester courses. The form will be sent to the email address that you have registered in Studielink. It is thus important to check whether you have correctly registered your email address in Studielink.

    The intake form is mandatory for all students enrolling in a Bachelor's programme.

  • 7. 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.