If you have obtained or will obtain a diploma or degree certificate from an educational institution outside the Netherlands or an international school in the Netherlands, please follow the steps below to apply for this programme.
If you have any questions throughout the application process, please don't hesitate to contact the International Team.
To apply for this Master’s programme you will need to register in Studielink AND apply for the programme at the Faculty of Science through DataNose before the mentioned dates, even if you have not completed your Bachelor’s programme yet.
We strongly advise international students to apply as early as possible and no later than three days before above mentioned dates as the registrations in Studielink and DataNose and getting all documents ready will take several days. Additionally, affordable accommodation is scarce in Amsterdam. Although the University of Amsterdam can assist in finding accommodation but cannot give any guarantees regarding housing, early applicants do have a slightly bigger chance in finding a room through the UvA than late applicants.
|Starting in September||EU/EEA students||1 July|
|Non-EU/EEA students||1 February|
Please note that if you want to apply for a UvA Scholarship, other deadlines for application to the Master's programme apply.
According to our formal regulations we distinguish between the following qualification categories:
Bachelor’s degree in (Technical) Computer Science, Informatics or similar from a research university (in Dutch: WO) in the Netherlands;
Degree comparable to Category 1 from a foreign university, equivalent in length and depth, with demonstrated proficiency in English (see below);
Bachelor’s degree in (Technical) Computer Science, Informatics or similar from a university of applied sciences (in Dutch: HBO) in the Netherlands with a grade point average of 7 or higher and successful completion of an individual pre-Master’s programme (see below);
Completion of a substantial part of a higher education degree programme in Informatics or a closely related subject supplemented by several years of relevant practical experience in the field of software engineering in an industrial context and successful completion of an individual pre-Master’s programme (see below).
The Admissions Board evaluates each application. Depending on the above category applicants may be asked to complete a questionnaire detailing their individual competences, may be invited for a cognitive capacity test and, in the final step, may be invited for a personal interview with a member of the Admissions Board.
The outcome of the intake process is one of the following three:
Rejected candidates are allowed to re-apply in subsequent academic years. New academic skills or more industrial work experience in the software engineering field may let the Admissions Board come to a different conclusion in the future.
You have an overall grade point average (GPA) equivalent to at least:
The GPA is the average of the bachelor’s course grades weighed by course/study load. Admission, however, will not be granted based on a sufficient grade point average alone.
Your ability to write and speak in English must be at an academic level. To prove your level of English please provide us with your scores of one of the following tests:
Other tests will not be accepted.
For more details about the English language test and required scores, please visit:
Note that if you want to apply for a scholarship other deadlines apply.
Students with a Bachelor’s degree from a Dutch university and students who successfully finished a full academic programme at an esteemed institute in one of the following countries are exempt: UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
For category 3 and 4 applicants the Admissions Board will define a pre-Master’s programme tailor-made for the applicant. Our objective with this pre-Master’s programme is to equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to complete the Master’s programme successfully and in time. This personalised pre-Master’s programme helps us to achieve one of the university’s highest success rates.
The pre-Master’s programme and consists of the following courses, which are part of the Bachelor degree Informatica:
The Admissions Board may waive courses from the above list based on the individual knowledge and skills of an applicant. All but the self-study courses are from the Bachelor’s programme Informatica. For details regarding these courses see the study guide.
It may be possible to include courses from the pre-Master’s programme in an on-going Bachelor education. This depends mainly on the Bachelor’s programme. However, self-study courses due to their nature are excluded from this under any circumstances.
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.
A DigiD (Digital Identification) is an online ID that provides access to government administration websites.
Before starting your enrolment application in Studielink, read the 'Step-by-step guide to Studielink'.
Important! While selecting the Master’s programme of your interest in Studielink, make sure to select the regular programme (option 1). Do not select option 2 (after a temporary termination of enrolment) or option 3 (elective) if you are a degree seeking student. You can select the track of your interest later on in DataNose.
Within 48 hours after submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, you will receive an email with your UvAnetID and an email with instructions for the next step of the application process. Follow the instructions in the email to activate your UvAnetID as you will need it to complete your UvA application.
Only after activating your UvAnetID, you can submit your UvA online application via DataNose.
Please make sure to upload the required documents in PDF format. Applicants who (will) hold more than one academic degree must merge copies of all academic transcripts into one PDF.
In DataNose we expect you to upload the following documents:
Please make sure you have uploaded all the required documents, as you can't add any documents after submitting. Only your English scores can be sent in later.
If you have any questions about the required documents as an international degree student, please contact the International Team.
As soon as you have submitted the (sufficiently) complete online form in DataNose, your application file will be acknowledged. It differs per programme how long it takes before you are informed via email about the decision on admission. However it will not take longer than 6 weeks. An admission will always be conditional as we must still verify your documents (consult step 8). You can track the status of your admission using the checklist in DataNose.
If you are conditionally admitted to the Master’s programme you will receive an admissions letter by means of email. In the letter you will find a link to DataNose to accept or decline your place in the programme. This has to be done within two weeks. If you have questions about this, please contact the International Team.
If you are conditionally admitted please consult DataNose for details on which exact documents are required and when and how to send them.
You will need to arrange a variety of practical matters before starting your studies. This includes your visa or residence permit, insurance and housing.
After your (conditional) admission you will receive information by means of email on how to complete your registration and how to apply for a visa or residence permit, if needed.
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.