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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 for Bachelor's programmes (step-by-step)

  • UvA Matching programme for Political Science

    You are more likely to be successful in your studies, if you chose the right discipline. Therefore, UvA Matching is an essential part of your enrollment in a Bachelor’s programme. Through Matching, you familiarize yourself with the programme, before it begins. Participation in UvA Matching is mandatory for all students.


    If you have 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 visit the campus and participate in lectures and seminars. Following your enrolment, you will receive an email regarding your application via the Enrolment Checklist. Here you have to register for UvA Matching.
    On-site Matching will take place on June 9th 2020.


    If you have completed your prior education and/or are residing abroad, you need to participate in the online UvA Matching. Online Matching will take place until 16 June 2020. More information will follow as soon as possible on the UvA website www.uva.nl.

    Do you have questions about the application process? Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions.

    Online matching is only for students who have completed their prior education and/or are residing abroad

    As a prospective Political Science student you will receive information about your application via the Enrolment Checklist. Here you have to register for UvA Matching as soon as possible and before May 25. You can complete the Matching exam at your convenience, until 16 June 2020 at the latest.

    The Political Science matching procedure takes place through our online learning platform Canvas. Here, you can:

    • read the instructions
    • study the literature
    • watch an online lecture on the same topic
    • complete the matching exam

    Upon completion of the Matching exam, you will receive your grade. Thereafter, you will receive your official personal (non-binding) matching advice on the basis of your test results.

    Any questions on the Matching can be addressed to the Education Desk Social Sciences through edss@uva.nl or (0031) (0)20-525 3777.