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Frequently asked questions and answers about course registration.

Before and during registration:

  • How and when do I register for courses?

    You can start registering for courses via the button 'Add course to planner' in the Course Catalogue. The course registration period for the first semester takes place in June, and for the second semester in December.

  • How do I register for a minor?

    At the Faculty of Humanities, registration for a minor is only possible before the start of the first semester's courses. 

    Please note: After approval for the minor, you still need to register for the specific minor courses during the course registration period.

    You can find the complete list of UvA minors via Minors.

  • Can I register again for a course I have already passed?

    Yes, it is possible to retake a course you have already passed. However, please keep in mind that this counts as an examination attempt. Therefore, it is important to deregister in time if you decide not to do the course after all. Otherwise, your result for the course will be registered as a NAP (not attended).

  • Where can I find the timetable for the various courses and tutorials?

    Go to, where you will see your personal timetable containing the courses and tutorials for which you have registered. In order to orientate yourself, you can add and remove courses and tutorials to this timetable, too. If you move your cursor to the right-hand side of the page and click on a course, dots will appear behind the course. Click on these dots to select tutorials or to filter activities.

  • I do not (yet) meet the entry requirements for a compulsory course. What should I do?
    • During the course registration period, it is best to assume that you will successfully pass your exams, even if you are still waiting for the final grade (resits).
    • Look for an alternative course for which you meet the entry requirements.
    • Discuss an alternative choice with your study adviser – before the course registration period – so as to prevent a study delay.
  • I am unable to register for one or more courses. What could be the reason?

    One of the reasons could be:

    • The course is only open to certain student groups. Contact the Education Desk if you think you should nonetheless be registered. 
    • The course is booked. If a course has various tutorials, please check if there are any places available. If all tutorials are full, you can register for the waiting list (WL) during the course registration period.
    • If you are unable to register for a compulsory course during the course registration period, please contact the Education Desk.
    • If you are unable to register for an elective, choose another elective.

After registration:

  • I am on the waiting list for a compulsory course. When will I know in which tutorial I have been placed?

    The Education Desk will place you in a tutorial before the start of the course. You can see which tutorial group you have been allocated to in under ‘Overview of registrations’.

    More information: Waiting list

    Two different scenarios apply:

    • Scenario 1: waiting list placement during the official registration period:
      Placement in the course is guaranteed, albeit not necessarily in the group of your preference. You will be informed of which tutorial group you have been placed in prior to the start of the first lecture.
    • Scenario 2: waiting list placement after the official registration period:
      Placement in the course is not guaranteed. You will be informed of whether you have been placed in the course and, if you have been placed, which tutorial group you have been placed in, prior to the start of the first lecture. The faculty strives to prevent study delays.
  • The course registration period is over. Can I still register for a course?

    After the course registration period is over, you will have the opportunity to register for courses in which places are still available.

    • Compulsory course:
      If you are not able to register for a compulsory course because no places are available, you can sign up for the waiting list via SIS up until one week after the semester has started. Because this registration takes place after the official registration period has closed, placement in the course is not guaranteed.
    • Elective course:
      You can only register for elective courses if places are still available.

    For more information, please see: Missed the course registration period