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Corona FAQ

For students starting or continuing their studies at the Faculty of Humanities in 2020-2021

Because of the coronavirus outbreak, many students have questions concerning the application and admission process to our programmes. We understand that given the circumstances you may not be entirely sure yet if you can attend your studies in September. On this page, we answer frequently asked questions.

General questions

  • Can I start my pre-Master's if I have not yet completed my Bachelor's?

    Under normal circumstances, you cannot start a pre-Master's programme at the UvA until you have completed your Bachelor's degree. However, many students have incurred study delay due to the corona crisis and are therefore unable to complete their Bachelor's in time. Because of this, the UvA has decided that students with a limited study delay can be admitted to pre-Master’s programmes (for example students from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences). Please note that pre-Master’s programmes are only accessible to students with a Dutch or other EU nationality. 

    Read all the details on the following page:

    From Bachelor's to Master's

 

Application and admission

If you are starting your studies at the Faculty of Humanities in September, please find the answer to frequently asked questions below.

  • When should I send in my diploma(s) and proof of English proficiency?

    If you have been (conditionally) admitted to our Master's programme, you are required to send us certified copies of your transcripts, degree certificates and, if applicable, proof of sufficient language proficiency. In light of the corona crisis, the deadline to send in the Bachelor’s diploma/Graduation Statement and final transcript of records has been extended for students with a non-EU/EER nationality from 18 May to 1 August.

    The following deadlines now apply:

    18 May - for applicants with a non-EU/EER nationality: proof of sufficient language proficiency
    1 August - for applicants with a EU/EER nationality: proof of sufficient language proficiency
    - for all applicants: certified Bachelor's diploma/Graduation Statement and final transcript of records

    For more information, check Submit certified documents.

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  • Am I obliged to enrol if I accept my offer?

    We understand that given the circumstances you may not be entirely sure yet if you can attend your studies in September. Accepting your offer, however, does not finalise your enrolment and does not force you to pay the tuition fees. You can cancel your enrolment at any time before the start of the first semester.

    However, we do need you to accept your offer in order to start the mandatory procedures to complete your registration. If you do not accept your offer, we cannot start these procedures and this might lead to you not being able to arrange your visa or housing on time, or not being able to register for courses. Therefore, we highly encourage you to accept your offer at your earliest convenience, but at least before the deadline as mentioned in your provisional acceptance letter. If you later decide you want to cancel your enrolment after all, please contact us via uva.nl/questionform.

    Please note that if the coronavirus measures in the Netherlands will not allow for teaching on location, the faculty intends to continue online teaching activities and assessments from September onwards for as long as needed. This way, teaching will be made accessible to international students, too, if they are not able to travel to Amsterdam by the start of the academic year.

  • Can I defer my conditional offer?

    The faculty aims to continue online teaching activities and assessments from September onwards for as long as needed, if conditions surrounding the corona crisis will not allow for teaching on location. This way, teaching will be accessible and you can start your studies, even if you are not able to travel to Amsterdam by the start of the academic year. Nevertheless, we completely understand your concerns with regards to being able to start your studies in September. Many of you have enquired about the possibility to defer. You may have already received information that the Graduate School of Humanities does not offer deferrals, but after careful consideration, we have set out the following possibilities for students who are interested in joining us next year.

    Non-selective programmes
    If you wish to defer to the academic year 2021-2022, please undertake the following steps (between October 2020 and January 2021) for a non-selective programme:

    1. Register in Studielink for the academic year 2021-2022
    2. Contact the Admissions Office so we can waive your application fee
    3. Submit your MyInfo application with your provisional offer letter of the academic year 2020-2021
    4. Inform the Admissions Office that you’ve submitted your application. 

    We will then process your application without it having to go through the selection process again. 

    Please note that Master's programmes and tracks are subject to change every year, and we cannot guarantee that the programme you have applied to this year will have the same curriculum and entry requirements next year. 

    Selective programmes
    For selective (dual and research) Master's programmes, a new selection takes place every year. This means you still need to go through the selection process next year. If you wish to re-apply next academic year (2021-2022), we highly encourage you to include your provisional offer letter in your new application. Additionally, before you submit your new MyInfo application form, you are welcome to contact the Admissions Office through www.uva.nl/questionform so that we can waive your application fee before you submit your application form.  

  • Can I take an English language test online?

    Yes. Now that many test centers are closed or fully booked, it is possible to take the online version of existing language tests.

    ETS offers international students affected by the coronavirus measures the option to take the TOEFL iBT® test from home until the test centers open again. More information can be found on the TOEFL website

    Deadlines for submitting proof of English proficiency:

    • Non-EU students: 18 May*
    • EU students: 1 August

    * Unfortunately we are not able to extend the deadline beyond 18 May due to visa regulations. We have tried to look for alternative solutions for non-EU students, but unfortunately the deadline of 18 May 2020 is strict and cannot be extended further, as students would not be able to apply for and arrange their visa on time.

    If you are unable to send us the required documents in time, we sincerely hope to receive your application again next year.

  • Can I take a Dutch language test online?

    There is currently no on-site education at the UvA. Courses of the Institute for Dutch Language Education (INTT) will continue online. The teaching practice and teaching method are adapted to the special circumstances in which we now live but the course content and learning objectives remain the same. For more information, visit the INTT website.

    The deadline for submitting the Dutch language test is 1 August.

  • I will not be able to send my certified documents by post. What should I do?

    All transcripts and diplomas sent to the GSH by post must be properly certified. The following alternative solutions are given for students who will obtain their Bachelor’s degree in one of the following countries or at one of our partner universities, and who will not be able to send in their certified docs by post due to the COVID19 situation. If you are from another country and unable to send certified documents by post, please contact the Admissions Office (www.uva.nl/questionform) for alternative options and solutions.

    United Kingdom

    HEAR – Please ask your educational institution if they can send your HEAR to admissionsma-fgw@uva.nl.

    USA

    Parchment, GradIntelligence, ClearingHouse – Please ask your educational institution if they can send your final transcripts through one of these certified and authorised third-party systems to admissionsma-fgw@uva.nl. Please note that your date of graduation or date of conferment has to be mentioned on these final transcripts.

    Note: if your education institution uses a different secure third-party system, please contact us first through uva.nl/questionform.

    Australia and New Zealand

    MyEquals - Please ask your educational institution if they can send your transcripts and diploma through MyEquals to admissionsma-fgw@uva.nl.

    Partner universities

    Alternatively, if you will obtain or if you have obtained your Bachelor's degree at one of our partner universities, a staff member from your University Administration can send a graduation statement (including graduation date) and your final transcripts to us directly, by e-mail. For a full overview of our partner institutions, please visit: https://www.wereldkaart-uva.nl/abroad/map/type/1/.

    Please ask a member of  your University Administration to send your graduation statement (including graduation date) and final transcripts to: admissionsma-fgw@uva.nl.

Do you have any questions concerning admission to which you cannot find an answer on this page? Please ask your question online via www.uva.nl/questionform.