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For all students, please take the following steps to apply for this programme:

Application process

  • 1. Check deadlines

    You need to submit your enrolment request via Studielink, activate your UvAnetID, pay the application fee (if applicable) AND submit your complete application request via MyInfo  before the deadline stated below. It may take several days to complete all these steps. We recommend you register in Studielink at least one week before the deadline of your programme.

    Please see below for the most important deadlines you must consider when applying to one of our Master’s programmes for the academic year 2024-2025

    Enrolment September 2024

    Application deadlines when applying with a non-EEA nationality or applying for UvA scholarship:

    • Register in Studielink: Monday 8 January 2024, 23.59 hrs (CET)
    • Submit your application in MyInfo: Monday 15 January 2024, 23.59 hrs (CET)
    • Notification period: Friday 1 March 2024 – Wednesday 13 March 2024 (if possible)


    Application deadlines when applying with an EEA nationality (including Dutch) and without Dutch Bachelor’s degree:

    • Apply for DigiD (Dutch students only): Recommended before Friday 9 February 2024
    • Register in Studielink: Friday 23 February 2024, 23.59 hrs (CET)
    • Submit your application in MyInfo: Friday 1 March 2024, 23.59 hrs (CET)
    • Notification period: Friday 3 May 2024 – Friday 31 May 2024 (if possible)


    Application deadline when applying with an EEA nationality (including Dutch) and with Dutch Bachelor’s degree:

    • Apply for DigiD (Dutch students only): Recommended before Friday 8 March 2024
    • Register in Studielink: Friday 22 March 2024, 23.59 hrs (CET)
    • Submit your application in MyInfo: Monday 1 April 2024, 23.59 hrs (CET)
    • Notification period: Friday 3 May 2024 – Friday 31 May 2024 (if possible)
  • 2. Check entry requirements

    Bachelor's degree

    Students with a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology or in another closely related discipline (such as social sciences or humanities) are invited to apply, provided they meet all other entry requirements.

    International degrees are evaluated on the basis of advice from professional diploma evaluators. The minimum level of the degree should be equivalent to a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree.


    The above-mentioned related disciplines should include a substantial number of courses in anthropology, including a one semester (or trimester) course in anthropological theory completed with a good grade. Generally, students from related fields are well enough prepared when they have earned about 30 ECTS credits in Anthropology. The courses of such a background need to consist of a mixture of introductory courses, theoretical overview courses and specialized courses.

    Research methodology

    Applicants should have a solid basis in both qualitative and (less important) quantitative social sciences research methodology reflected by the completion of at least (an equivalent of) 20 ECTS during previous study. Experience with the following research methods skills is required:

    • Make a solid research design
    • Knowledge and training in qualitative research skills such as participant observation; interviewing; discourse analysis; and possibly historical research methods;
    • Understand advantages and disadvantages of different qualitative research methods and triangulation Quantitative research skills that can be used for the purpose of triangulation
    • Analyse the results of  empirical qualitative research.

    Visual anthropology requirements

    To participate in this specialization, there are extra requirements that concern only Visual Anthropology that students need to meet:

    1. You have received prior education in or can demonstrate thorough practical knowledge of filming and editing. In order to assess your level of competence, the Assessment Committee asks you to submit an audio-visual project that you have completed (video or portfolio with photographs).

    How: It is important that you make your portfolio (which can be photographs or film material) available in your online application in MyInfo. In order to do this you will have to upload your (audio-)visual material to a website. You can then add the link(s) to your online application for Visual Anthropology, in your motivation letter, so that the admissions committee can view your work. You cannot send this portfolio separately via email.

    2. You must be able to demonstrate that you have sufficient training and knowledge in visual anthropology by having taken visual anthropological or related courses. Relevant work experience in the field of photography, filming and editing may (partially) substitute academic work in Visual Anthropology.

    3. Applicants must specify their ideas for a feasible research project to undertake during the Master's programme.

    English language proficiency

    Our Master's programmes are highly demanding and fully taught in English. To ensure the quality of education and to safeguard students from failing their studies or slowing down class interactions, a high level of English language proficiency is expected of all applicants.

    For more information on the test requirement and possible exemptions, please see:

    Pre-Master's programme

    Please see here for more information on our pre-Master possibilities:


    If you have any questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office at apply-gsss@uva.nl

  • 3. Registration in Studielink
  • 4. Activate your UvAnetID and pay the application fee

    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.

    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. Only after you have paid this fee the UvA can start processing your application. Please make sure that your application is complete since incomplete application files will not be taken into consideration by the Admissions Committee and will be closed within 14 days.

    You need to pay your application fee in SIS. You can pay your €100 application fee by credit card (Master or Visacard) or iDEAL.

    Only after paying the fee, you can start 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 and you are able to submit your application in MyInfo. Make sure to pay your application fee in time and at least 24 hours before the application deadline of your programme.

    If you have any questions regarding the payment, please contact the Central Student Service Desk (CSSD).

    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 are an exchange student;
    • If you are applying through the Foundation for Refugee Students (UAF) ;
    • If you have deferred your conditional admission last year* and wish to start for the same programme in 2024-2025. 

    *Deferring is only possible for M Sociology (all tracks), M Human Geography (all tracks), M Urban & Regional Planning (all tracks), M Cultural & Social Anthropology (all tracks except for Visual Anthropology).

  • 5. Submit your UvA application form

    After you have registered in Studielink, you will also receive an email from Studielink (within a few days) with a link to our online application system. This is where you will submit your application to the University of Amsterdam. Please make sure that your application is complete since incomplete application files will not be taken into consideration by the Admissions Committee and will be closed within 14 days. The application fee is also non-refundable in case of a closed (incomplete) application file.

    The application form will give you all needed instructions. For additional guidance, please refer to the quick reference overviews and more elaborate information here below:

    For more elaborate guidance:


    If you have questions regarding admission and application, please contact the Admissions Office at apply-gsss@uva.nl

  • 6. Wait for admission decision

    If and after we have decided that you can be admitted to the programme, we will send you a letter of (conditional) acceptance by e-mail (through MyInfo) together with more information on how to complete your registration at the UvA and how to apply for a visa or residence permit (if applicable to you). 

  • 7. 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.

After (conditional) admission

  • 8. 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.

    If you completed your Bachelor’s programme abroad, please send us certified copies of your transcripts and degree certificates, so we can check them. The documents can be submitted by e-mail sent by your university directly to apply-gsss@uva.nl, through an online verification system, or in an envelope, sealed (closed and stamped) by issuing institute and sent by regular mail.

    If you completed your Bachelor’s programme in the Netherlands, we can check your Bachelor graduation in SIS. You do not have to send any certified documents.

    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 and in the link below.

    We will need to have received these official documents at the latest one month before the start of the programme.

    Please note that students who need an entrance visa for the Netherlands and/or have also applied to one of our scholarships, will need to have submitted their official documents, including proof of Bachelor graduation, before 1 July.

  • 9. 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.

    Get more information about practical matters for international students.

  • 10. Attend introduction day

    Student orientation/introduction events are planned in the last 2 weeks of August. At these events you will receive all relevant programme information to make a good start. Your study advisor will send you more detailed information about the Introduction Day in July.

  • 11. 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.

  • 12. 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.