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Follow the steps below to apply for this degree programme.
Application process
  • 1. Check deadlines

    The Youth at risk programme starts once a year in September.

    • The application deadline is 1 March for applicants with a non-EU/EEA nationality.*
    • The application deadline is 1 June for applicants with a Dutch or other EU/EEA nationality.

    *Please note that in order to enroll in September we need to have received official certified copies of your degree certificate and transcripts before 1 August. These documents should be sent by post.

  • 2. Check entry requirements

    The entry requirements for the Master's track Youth at Risk are outlined in the document below.

    2.1 Entry requirements

    The following criteria are set for admission:

    1. Sufficient knowledge, understanding and skills in Pedagogical Science, that is:
      • Knowledge of Pedagogical Science and its related fields.
      • Basic knowledge of research methods and applied statistics in social and behavioural science research.*
      • Academic skills, as indicated by oral presentation and writing skills.
    2. Sufficient (active and passive) proficiency in English.

    *Please note that to enroll in September 2022, we need to have received official, certified copies of your degree certificate and transcripts before 1 May 2022. These documents should be sent by post.

    2.2. Eligibility of international applicants

    Applicants from abroad, who wish to enrol in the Master’s programme Youth at risk, must meet a number of requirements regarding academic level and background and proficiency in English. Students with an academic Bachelor’s degree in Child Development Science (Pedagogische wetenschappen), (Developmental) Psychology, Sociology or a closely related discipline are invited to apply, provided they meet all other entry requirements.

    Academic level

    International degrees are evaluated by professional credential evaluators of the UvA. The minimum level of the degree should be equivalent to a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree. Educational systems vary considerably across the world; some Bachelor's degrees are valued at three years of a Dutch university education, while others are valued at two years or less. During the application process we will ask you to upload the documents needed for the credential evaluation. Students whose application is based on a diploma from a university in a non-EU/EEA country have to pay an application fee of 100 euro.

  • 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. Pay your application fee

    All students applying for a master’s degree programme with an international bachelor’s diploma are required to pay a non-refundable €100 application fee in SIS by credit card (Master or Visacard) or iDEAL. Only after you have paid this fee the UvA can start to process your application in MyInfo. It is not possible to start an application without paying the application fee. 

    Note: that it can take up to 24 hours for your fee payment to be registered in SIS. Make sure to pay your application fee in time and at least 24 hours before the application deadline of your programme.

    Applying for programmes at multiple Graduate Schools?
    You only have to pay the fee once. So, you can apply to multiple programmes.

    You don't have to pay the application fee:

    • If you have of will obtain a bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university or university of applied sciences (HBO).
    • If you have already applied and have paid the application fee for another master’s programme at the UvA for the academic year 2024-2025.
    • If you have started a UvA master’s programme in the 2021, 2022 or 2023 academic year.
    • If you apply for a master’s programme at the Interfacultaire Lerarenopleidingen (ILO), Faculty of Dentistry or Faculty of Medicine.
    • If you are an exchange student.
    • If you are applying through the Foundation for Refugee Students (UAF).
  • 6. After your registration in Studielink
  • 7. Wait for admission decision

    Within 4-6 weeks the admission committee will inform you by e-mail.

After (conditional) admission
  • 8. Accept/decline offer

    After you have been (conditionally) accepted to the Master’s programme and we have sent you the letter of (conditional) acceptance, 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.

  • 9. Submit certified documents
    • If you have been (conditionally) admitted to our Master's programme, we need to verify your previous education. This means that we have to check whether you have successfully completed your Bachelor’s programme. Verification is done based on the records provided by DUO.

    For international students:

    • If you completed your Bachelor’s programme abroad, please send us certified copies of your transcripts and degree certificates, so we can check them. You need to send us these documents by post. Plain copies or scans of the original certified documents are not accepted.  You may also need to submit an official English test score report.
    • You can find more information about the certified documents and where to send them to in your (conditional) acceptance letter.
    • We will need to have received these official documents at the latest one month before the start of the programme.
  • 10. Register for immigration, housing, start appointment

    If you are an international student, you will need to arrange a variety of practical matters before starting your studies. This includes your visa or residence permit, insurance and housing. You will receive an email with more information about this after you have been admitted.

    The UvA does not offer student housing on our campuses. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with the housing market in the Netherlands before you choose your study programme.  It can be difficult to find available housing in Amsterdam, so you will need to start looking for yourself as soon as possible via Dutch student housing websites. For international students, the UvA has limited number of rooms available throughout Amsterdam, which you can apply for via UvA Housing. Please note there are not enough rooms available via UvA Housing to accommodate all international students. As placement for UvA Housing is not guaranteed, we advise you to start your orientation for housing options early and to always explore the private housing market as well.

    Get more information about practical matters for international students.

  • 11. Attend introduction day

    The introduction of the Master's track Youth at Risk is scheduled at the end of August or the beginning of September. Make sure that you attend, so you can meet your fellow students and teachers. You will receive a lot of information about how the master is compiled and what is expected of you. 

  • 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

    You will need to pay the tuition fee in order to complete your enrolment for a degree programme at the UvA.

    Find out more about how to pay the tuition fees.