You can submit your enrolment application for the academic year 2024-2025 in Studielink from 1 October 2023 till 15 January 2024.
The Bachelor's programme in Political Science has a Numerus Fixus. This means the programme has a limited number of places available. We will have 600 places available for the academic year 2024-2025. You are allowed to register for 2 Numerus Fixus programmes in Studielink, but you can only accept 1 offer.
Students with a foreign diploma are eligible to apply if their diploma is equivalent to the Dutch pre-university diploma (vwo-diploma) and includes:
as part of your final examinations.
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 country qualifications which has been drawn up by the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
You are also eligible to apply if you have obtained one of the following Dutch diploma’s:
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: Wiskunde C. 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.
All non-native speakers of English are required to demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English. All students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, participate in classroom discussions and complete written assignments in English.
The requirement for sufficient English language proficiency can be met in the following ways :
If your diploma is not mentioned above, please consult the diploma calculator to see if your prior education exempts you from taking the English language proficiency test.
Minimum test scores
Test scores must also conform to the following guidelines:
Be sure to plan your test on time; test dates fill quickly and it can take several weeks for you to receive your results. Applications without a sufficient score or with a test date after the deadline, will not be accepted.
These applicants are exempted from the English test:
If the course English was included in your final examination of one of the following diplomas, you are exempted from taking an English Language test:
After submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, you will receive an email with your UvAnetID within 48 hours. Follow the instructions in the email to activate your ID as you will need it to complete your UvA application.
After registering in Studielink, you will receive an email from the University of Amsterdam with an invitation to our online application system. This may take up to 48 hours. Here you will submit your application for the programme of your choice.
The UvA is currently running a pilot for EU/EEA nationals who have or will obtain an IB diploma. If you are applying for an English-taught programme at the Faculty of Humanities or for the Bachelor’s Political Science and have or will obtain an IB diploma, you no longer need to submit an application file or resume. You can therefore skip step 6 'upload required documents' and go straight to step 7. You only need to submit the digital results of your IB diploma. Read more about the pilot at www.uva.nl/IBpilot.
As part of the online application we will ask you to submit the following documents 15 January 2024 at the latest:
Our team 'Credential Evaluation' will review your documents in order to see if you are eligible for the programme. Every application is considered on its individual merits.
To be eligible for admission to the programme, you must participate in the selection process. The selection process consists of two weeks of self-study and an assessment day.
After uploading your documents via MyInfo we will inform you whether your prior education is sufficient to meet the entry requirements.
Your ranking number will be available in Studielink on 15 April 2024. Depending on your ranking number, you may be offered a place in our programme.
As from the date of time you receive your offer from Studielink you have exactly 14 days (14x24 hours) to accept or decline your offer. After 14 days the 'To Do action item' in Studielink will disappear and, with that, the possibility to accept your place. Your place will be given to the next applicant.
You need to send us certified copies of certificates that demonstrate that you have met the entry requirements by postal mail. Even if you haven't received an offer yet. A certified copy should contain an original stamp and signature by the school's administration or a notary.
Documents can be sent to the following address:
University of Amsterdam
Central Student Administration - Admissions
1101 CB Amsterdam
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.