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Political Science

Application process

for applicants with international prior education (Political)

The College of Social Sciences is looking for excellent students who will finish their Bachelor’s degree with good results within three years. Applicants should have a strong interest in politics and a high level of English language proficiency. The ideal candidate is interested in the dynamic world of politics in all its aspects, including questions of conflict and war, social diversity, and the changing global economy. He or she aspires to become a well-informed, critical, socially engaged analyst, researcher, decision maker, activist or consultant, who makes a difference in the world we live in.

Application process

  • 1. Check deadlines

    Deadlines for completing your application.

    The application 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

    A note for students with an international prior education:

    Applying to a Bachelor’s programme at the University of Amsterdam is two-fold: first you will need to register in Studielink (the national online system for students who would like to pursue a degree programme at a Dutch university) and then you submit your application through our online application system MyInfo.

    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.

  • 2. Check entry requirements

    Political Science

    The English taught Bachelor's programme in Political Science is open to all students who meet the requirements specified below.

    Previous education

    Students will need to have completed their secondary school diploma before the start of the BSc in Political Science. The diploma (to be) obtained should be equivalent to a Dutch VWO diploma with mathematics and English taken as subjects on upper secondary / university preparatory education level. Both subjects should be included in the final secondary school or university entry examinations. Also, students are expected to have a basic knowledge of modern history.

    Please see the list of approved qualifications for an overview on diplomas that are considered equivalent to the Dutch VWO-diploma. (The list is far from exhaustive, will be updated on a regular basis and is meant for general guidance only. No rights can be derived from it.). All applications will be evaluated on an individual basis by professional diploma evaluators.

    If your qualification is not on the list, it does not necessarily mean you cannot be admitted and you are invited and encouraged to apply.


    In general, mathematics has to be included in the upper secondary education curriculum up until the final year and final examinations. The level of mathematics should be equivalent to at least the Dutch level of VWO mathematics. There are no further minimum grade requirements.

    An alternative route to meet the mathematics entry requirement may be to complete one of the English taught mathematics courses and exams offered by the James Boswell institute in The Netherlands. We will accept VWO certificates in mathematics A, B and C. Another alternative route may be to submit a SAT subject test Mathematics Level 1 score of at least 610 or an ACT Mathematics score of at least 27.

    James Boswell



    Language proficiency 

    All students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and write extensive academic papers. A high level of language proficiency is expected of all applicants. The programme is fully taught in English supplemented by Dutch-language tutorial groups and elective courses for those who wish. In any case, a good command of the English language is essential and needs to be supported by a sufficient test or school examination score as stipulated below.

    English test scores

    Non-native speakers of English are required to submit a valid English test score which is not more than 2 years old.

    • TOEFL Internet-based test: minimum total score 92; minimum score on each component 22
    • TOEFL Paper-based test: minimum score on each component 22; there is no minimum total score
    • IELTS test: minimum score 6.5, with at least 6 for each individual test component
    • Cambridge International Examinations: minimum scores C (CAE), C (CPE)

    Students are strongly encouraged to make early preparations for the test. Please refer to the contact details of test centers below. In case of insufficient scores, applicants can do a re-sit as long as deadlines are respected. Without sufficient test scores, you do not meet our admission requirements.



    Cambridge English test 


    The following applicants are exempted from submitting an English test score:

    Applicants who (will) have obtained their diploma taught in English in one of the following countries:

    • Australia
    • Canada
    • New Zealand
    • Ireland
    • United Kingdom
    • United States of America


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

  • 3. Submit enrolment application in Studielink

    Political Science - applicants with international prior education


    For information in Dutch please check the Studielink section on our Dutch site.


    All students who would like to apply to a programme at the University of Amsterdam will need to start their application process by submitting an enrolment application in Studielink.

    1. 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.

    2. 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

    3. Submit enrolment application in Studielink

    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.

  • 5. Submit your UvA application form

    After your request for enrolment in Studielink you will receive an email with a link to our online application system MyInfo. At this point you will be asked to complete your application.

    We already discussed the entry requirements. A complete application file consists of:

    • Secondary school diploma.
    • Applicants with a non-Dutch diploma: If you have not obtained your diploma yet, please submit all grades obtained up until the very moment of application. 
      If the diploma and/or transcripts are not in English, Dutch, French, German or Spanish, please send in an official translation as well as the original document.
    • Your CV.
    • English language test score (if applicable).

    Of course, we are looking for good students. However, no minimum grades or average grade are stipulated (please see ‘Check Entry Requirements’ for more information).

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

  • 6. Submit certified documents

    We will also ask you to send certified copies of your diplomas and transcripts, and your original English test score by regular mail. Certified documents contain the original stamp and signature of the educational institution that issued them and mention the name of the applicant and the name of the institution. 

    If the diploma and/or transcripts are not in English, Dutch, French, German or Spanish they need to be translated by a sworn translator. 

    Watch the video about submitting certified documents below.


  • 7. Wait for admission decision

    If and after we have decided that you can be admitted to the programme, we will send you a letter of (conditional) acceptance together with information by e-mail on how to complete your registration at the UvA and how to apply for a visa or residence permit (if applicable to you). 

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

    Choosing the right study programme will increase your chance of being successful in your studies. For this reason, UvA Matching is an essential part of your enrollment in a Bachelor’s programme. You will get acquainted with the programme before you really start studying. This way, you will test your choice for a certain study programme. Participation in UvA Matching is mandatory for all students.


    If you completed your prior education at a Dutch educational institution and/or you are residing in the Netherlands, you need to participate in the UvA Matching on-site: you will visit the campus and participate in lectures and seminars. Following your enrolment, you will receive an email to register for UvA Matching. On-site Matching will take place in May and June 2019 (exact dates are to be announced).


    If you completed your prior education and/or are residing abroad, you need to participate in the online UvA Matching. Online Matching will take place in May and June 2019 (exact dates are to be announced). Again, you will receive an e-mail to register once you have enrolled.

    More information will follow as soon as possible on the UvA website www.uva.nl.

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

  • 9. Accept/decline offer

    After you have been conditionally accepted to the Bachelor’s programme, you will receive an Accept Offer sent to you by MyInfo. Please follow the instructions and confirm this Accept Offer. We will only continue to further process your application, including your housing and possibly visa application, after you have confirmed our Accept Offer.

    At this point, we will also send you more information about UvA Matching.

  • 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. We will send you more 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. 

  • 13. Pay the tuition fee

    As a student in the Netherlands you will pay an annual tuition fee. There are two different fees: the statutory fee and the institutional fee. Which fee you pay depends on your nationality, your degree programme and whether you study full-time or part-time. For more information, please see here .