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Course registration

Step-by-step guide to course registration

Use the step-by-step guide to course registration to ensure that your registration runs as smoothly as possible.

Please note:

Not all new international students or foreign exchange students who will be attending the UvA need to register for courses. You will be told by your faculty whether you need to register for courses or whether they will do this for you.

Step 1: Make sure that you are enrolled at the UvA

You can only register for courses if you have enrolled in a UvA study programme on Studielink. You will need your DigiD to complete this procedure. International students who do not have a DigiD should log in to Studielink using the username and password they received from

Please note:

  • Once you have submitted your enrolment application, it may take up to 48 hours before you can register for a course. Be sure to get your DigiD on time. The DigiD application process takes around five business days to complete.
  • Going from Bachelor's to Master's? First you should complete the admission and enrolment procedure for your Master's programme. You will find more information on your programme's website.
  • If you are an exchange student studying at the Faculty of Law or Faculty of Economics and Business, then you have already been enrolled. You do not need to do this yourself. Please proceed to step 2.

Step 2: View the start dates for course registration

UvA faculties, and in some cases specific study programmes, set their own dates for course and end-of-term exam registration. These dates are listed in the menu on the left.

Step 3: Choose your courses

Go to the UvA Course Catalogue (it is important to make sure you refresh the cache in your browser [Ctrl+F5] in order to view the correct version) to find the courses for which you would like to register. Consult the academic schedule of your study programme, which is listed in the Course Catalogue.

Step 4: Add your courses to the Planner

Use the 'Register' button next to every course description in the Course Catalogue. To add courses to the Planner, you must first log in via SIS using your UvAnetID. Repeat this procedure for each course you wish to register for. During busy periods, you may be placed in a queue before you can log in.

Step 5: Consult your schedule

The courses that you have added via the Course Catalogue are now listed in the Planner. Use the 'Show Timetable' button to view the various course schedules.

Step 6: Register for courses

Go to the Planner, check the appropriate boxes for courses/tutorials and/or end-of-term exams and click on the 'Register' button. You can only register for a course during the registration period; the check box will only be visible during this period. You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of completing the registration procedure. The Registration Overview tab lists all the courses for which you have registered.

Any other questions?

If so, please use the question form.

Are you having problems registering?

If you cannot register for courses, please contact the student desk/programme or faculty administration/Education Service Centre (ESC) service desk.