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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 Sign Language Linguistics.

    HBO First Year Degree

    Students who have completed the first year or first phase of a relevant degree programme at a HBO institution are eligible for the Bachelor's in Sign Language Linguistics.

    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 Sign Language Linguistics on the basis of their obtained diplomas, and who are aged 21 or older.

    More about colloquium doctum (in Dutch)

    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

    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 Sign Language Linguistics need to register in Studielink for Linguistics or Taalwetenschap

    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 (PDF)

    Submit enrolment application in Studielink

    Please select "Linguistics" or "Taalwetenschap" in Studielink. You will find Sign Language Linguistics under this programme.


  • 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 register for UvA Matching.

  • 5. Participate in UvA Matching

    UvA Matching is a compulsory part of your enrolment in a Bachelor's programma 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 are still looking to get to know the programme from a bit closer up after you have completed the Matching, we recommend that you take part in an in-depth information day on location, such as UvA Experience Days (UvA Proefstuderen) or Student for a day (Student voor een dag).


    The Matching procedure for Sign Language Linguistics 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.

    Go to SIS

    More info on UvA Matching (in Dutch)

After (conditional) admission

  • 6. 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.

  • 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.