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Off to a good start

In order to make sure you are off to a good start in your programme, we have compiled an overview of a lot of practical matters. You will find all of the information you will need up until the first day of lectures of the academic year of 2021-2022 below.

  • 1. Complete your enrolment and request your student ID card

    Make sure that you have completed your enrolment by 31 August at the very latest, but it is, of course, better to do so at an earlier date. You can view the status of your enrolment and any steps you are still required to take, such as paying your tuition fee, via your Enrolment checklist.

    If you have any questions regarding your enrolment, please contact the Central Student Service Desk.

    Student ID card

    Go ahead and request a student ID card via by uploading your passport photo. Your student ID card will allow you to borrow books from the library and make use of coffee and vending machines in the canteens.

  • 3. Your first academic year: what is what?

    Student counselling

    The UvA offers various forms of student counselling. If there are any special circumstances that might impact your studies, or if you are in need of extra facilities or support, we advise you to discuss this as early as possible, preferably even before the start of the academic year.

    Academic calendar

    The Academic calendar provides an overview of all the dates that are important for you to know, such as the examination periods and holidays.

    Your courses and timetable

    If you are curious about the courses you will be taking, you can check out the Course Catalogue. If you are starting a Bachelor's or a pre-Master's programme, you do not have to register for first-semester coures; the Education Desk will take care of this for you. In the final week of August, you will receive an email containing information about your first-year group as well as your personal timetable for the first semester.

    If you are starting a Master's programme, you are required to register for your courses by yourself. Placement in compulsory courses of your Master's programme is guaranteed even if the registration system indicates you will be placed on a waiting list. In June, you received information about course registration. If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Education Desk.

    If the admissions decision will determine whether you will be doing a Master’s or a pre-Master’s programme, be sure to register for the Master’s courses, or wait until you have received your admissions decision. You can still register for the Master’s compulsory courses after the official course registration period has ended (22 June), and your placement in them will still be guaranteed.

    Once you have registered for courses, you can view your personal timetables on UvA's timetables website ( and in the MyUvA app. Please note: because of the Corona measures, the timetables are subject to change. 


    Canvas is the UvA's digital learning environment. Here, you will find all teaching materials, articles, assignments and messages for a course. Go ahead and check it out ahead of time, if you're curious!


    The Course Catalogue will show you which study materials to acquire for each course. Please note: no separate list of textbooks will be provided. You can order your textbooks online via book shop Athenaeum or (with a discount) via your programme's study association.

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  • 4. Academic Literacy Test (Bachelor's students only)

    In order to successfully complete a university degree, you must be equipped with essential language and literacy skills. All first-year Bachelor's students at the Faculty of Humanities take the Academic Literacy Test during their first semester so that extra support can be provided to those who need it. This is a mandatory test which gives you an indication of your academic literacy skills and which areas you may still need to work on in order to do well in your studies.

    The test will take place online on Wednesday 29 September from 19:15 CET. You will be informed by email in advance.

For more information on practical matters, please visit this website