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FAQ about the start of academic year in September

For students starting or continuing their Master's programme in Communication Science in 2020-2021

Because of the coronavirus outbreak, many students have questions concerning our Master's programmes in Communication Science. We understand that given the circumstances you may not be entirely sure what to expect in September. On this page, we answer frequently asked questions.

General questions

  • Will education continue in the new academic year?

    Yes, the academic year will start as scheduled in September. We will provide you with the certainty that you will be able to start or commence your (Research) (Pre-) Master's, no matter where you reside at the moment.

    In order to keep our teaching activities accessible to everyone, all teaching will take place online during Semester 1. As we highly value our on-campus teaching, we reinstate small-scale teaching in our buildings, but only if it is possible to do so safely and responsibly. We do this in addition to our online teaching. We will of course take into account any potential national or international travel restrictions. 

    Pre-Master's programme

    Much to our regret, teaching in the Pre-Master will be entirely online during the first semester of the 2020-2021 academic year. However, if the circumstances change to a situation with more possibilities to organize on-campus activities, we will do this. We hope to be able to offer more on-campus education at the start of your Master’s in February 2021, but - of course - this depends on how the corona situation develops.

    (Research) Master's programme

    We are looking into opportunities for you to meet on campus on a weekly basis. Naturally we will follow all the safety regulations the government installed. We are currently shaping the on-campus activities and will inform you once we know more. Additionally all courses will be offered online

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact


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

    For the transition from the Bachelor's to the (Research) Master’s or pre-Master's, the UvA has opted for a so-called 'soft cut' with some restrictions. This is implemented so that students who experience delays in the final phase of their Bachelor's programme due to the coronavirus measures, don’t find themselves stuck between a Bachelor's and Master's programme.

    This means that Dutch and Non-Dutch students who cannot complete their Bachelor’s due to the aforementioned situation, can request a conditional acceptance to the pre-Master’s or (Research) Master’s programme under the following conditions:

    • You already submitted your application for the Master’s programme before the deadline
    • You have a maximum of 15 EC is missing for the completion of the Bachelor’s degree
    • Your missed components were offered in the period between March-August 2020

    However, it’s important to keep in mind that the (Research) Master’s and pre-Master’s is a fulltime programme and that the workload is heavy. Requesting for admission with study delay should only be done when combining Bachelor’s courses with your (Research) Master’s or pre-Master’s programme is feasible. Therefore applicants, and especially applicants with a non-Dutch degree, are strongly advised to complete their Bachelor’s programme first and defer their start of the Master's to the next semester, February 2021. Application deadlines for February 2021 can be found here.

    How to submit a request for admission with study delay?

    You have to submit a request by filling in this form. A request can be submitted until 31 August 2020. Please prepare the following steps: 

    • Re-enroll in your current (pre-)Bachelor’s programme.
    • Arrange a statement by your current institute of higher education confirming that after resits, your study delay of maximum 15 EC concerns exams that were planned for semester 2 of 2020 (March 2020-july 2020). Not applicable for UvA Communication Science Bachelor’s students.

    Please take note: Any request that we receive without this statement, will not be taken into consideration.

    • Students with a non-Dutch degree should provide proof from their university that their Bachelor’s programme can be completed remotely. 

    You will receive an outcome by e-mail.

    For further information regarding this arrangement, please visit the UvA Corona website.

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

    Communication Science pre-Master’s students are also able to start with the (Research) Master’s without completion of their pre-Master’s programme. However, you must have completed at least 80% of the pre-Master’s programme in order to be conditionally admitted. this means that you can only fail one course of a maximum of 6 ECTS of your pre-Master’s programme to be able to start with the (Research) Master’s programme with us after the summer.

  • Should I move to Amsterdam in September?

    That is up to you. We would love to welcome you in Amsterdam, ofcourse only if travel regulations allow you too. But if you decide to stay in your home country for the first semester, we understand, and for you all education will be made available online. We hope to be able to welcome you in Amsterdam for the second semester. If you decide to come to Amsterdam for the start of the semester, realise that there will be limited events at the UvA, and limited access to study halls. We also ask you to keep the travel limitation, installed by the Dutch government and the government of you home country, in mind.

Application and admission

  • May I defer my application?

    Yes, you can. It is possible to defer your application once with a maximum of one academic year. This means that you may use the same documents for application again in the next academic year. If you have deferred once already, you must submit a new application package. When you defer after being accepted, it does not mean that you will automatically be accepted at the next moment of enrolment. Selection of candidates is competitive. Furthermore, the programmes and the entry requirements of the GSC are subject to change. You may be asked to submit new materials before the admissions committee evaluates your file again.

  • 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.


  • What if I have questions about housing or visa?

    As an international student you may have many questions about housing or visa in the current situation. On this page we try to answer as many questions as possible. Do you have a specific question about your situation, please contact the education office of your faculty or the Central Student Service Desk.

Do you have any questions to which you cannot find an answer on this page? Have a look at the FAQ's provided by the UvA here. If you still can't find youre answer, please send an e-mail to: If you have a question regarding admission, you can contact