The rules for exemptions are set down in the Teaching and Examination Regulations and in the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Examiners.
For all programmes the rule is that mandatory courses in the curriculum, if the replacement course has been taken during regular registration at UvA Economics and Business, are never eligible for an exemption. However, the only exception to this rule can be made if the replacement course is taken at a university abroad during an exchange programme. Electives in the curriculum are elegible for an exemption if the replacement course has been taken prior to registration at UvA Economics and Business.
In order to obtain a Bachelor’s degree, there is a maximum of 60 credits of exemptions allowed in the Bachelor’s programme. To qualify for the cum laude annotation a maximum of 30 credits of exemptions is allowed in the Bachelor's programme.
The maximum exemption amount allowed in the Master`s programme differs per programme. You can find the programme specific regulations regarding exemptions in the Teaching and Examination Regulations. To qualify for the cum laude annotation a maximum of 12 credits of exemptions is allowed in the Master`s programme (unless, the programme doesn`t allow 12 credits of exemption).
You can make an exemption request by submitting a Digital Request Exemption Form to the Board of Examiners.
Please note: the Board of Examiners is only able to process your request if you submit a (mock) exam and course description of the replacing course, including weekly topics and literature.
No exemptions shall be granted for components of the first-year curriculum of a UvA Economics and Business Bachelor’s programme. The Board of Examiners will only make an exception for students who - after a positive Binding Study Advice - transfer to Bachelor's programmes offered at the UvA Economics and Business or when they intend to combine two Bachelor's programmes at the same time.
For more information, please download the exemption schedule for first-year courses.
If you are eligible for an exemption for a pre-Master’s course, you will need to apply for this together with your application in Embark. After the end of the admission period exemptions are not granted.
Exemptions for Master’s courses can only be approved on the grounds of another academic Master’s degree you have obtained.
Bachelor’s and Master’s theses are never eligible for exemption.
Requests for exemptions by prospective students cannot be taken into consideration. Only when a student is enrolled in the programme for which it intends to request exemptions, the Board of Examiners can take into consideration such a request.
Minor and guest students cannot submit exemption requests to the UvA Economics and Business Board of Examiners.