Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics

Application procedure

for students with a foreign degree

Online application and required documents  

After registering in Studielink, within 48 hours you will receive an email with your UvA student number (UvA-net ID) and an email with instructions for the next step of the application process. You need your UvA-net ID to submit your online application via Datanose.

In Datanose, we expect you to upload the following documents:

  1. A motivation letter
  2. Your Curriculum Vitae
  3. A copy of your high school grade list and diploma
  4. A list of courses of your final year (if you have not yet finished your current academic programme)
  5. A copy of your Bachelor transcript and diploma, including an explanation of your University’s grading system
  6. A description of your Bachelor thesis/project
  7. Two academic reference letters
  8. Proof of English proficiency

If you have any questions about these documents, please contact the International Team.

Please make sure to upload documents in the PDF format. When needed merge scanned documents into one PDF before you upload the file. When you still need to finish your current programme please make sure to add a list of courses you still need to finish before you can request graduation. Applicants who (will) hold more than one academic degree must merge copies of both academic transcripts into one PDF.

As soon as you submit the online form your application will be acknowledged and a decision about admission will be taken as soon as possible. An admission will always be conditional as we must still verify your documents. For this we will request original certified and translated copies of your secondary school certificates and academic records after we finished the online application procedure.

Please note the procedures for MSc Programmes are not always the same. Some programmes might have additional requirements. For more information about additional requirements, check the web pages of the programme.

After your application you will receive information per email on how to complete your registration and how to apply for a visa or residence permit. 

Application deadlines for starting your programme in September:

All students have to register in Studielink AND apply for the programme at the Faculty (online via Datanose) before the mentioned dates, even if they have not completed their bachelors programme yet.

  • Dutch students: 1 July, with exception of the programmes below. The deadlines for these masters is 1 May:

    * Artificial Intelligence
    * Biological Sciences
    * Biomedical Sciences
    * Information Studies
  • ​EU/EEA students: 1 May 
  • Non-EU/EEA students: 1 February 

See below for additional information for all international students


Application deadlines for starting your programme in February*:

All students have to register in  Studielink AND apply for the programme at the Faculty (online via Datanose) before the mentioned dates, even if they have not completed their bachelors programme yet.

  • EU/EEA students: 1 December
  • Non-EU/EEA students: 1 October 
    See below for additional information for all international students


Additional information for international students

Please note that registrations in Studielink and Datanose and getting all documents ready will take several days, therefore, we strongly recommend to start the application procedure at least a week before the deadline.

In addition, due to an increase in the number of international students and a deficiency  in available accommodation, we strongly advise international students to apply as early as possible. Please note that even for early applicants, the University of Amsterdam cannot give any guarantees regarding housing.

If you wish to apply for a UvA scholarship, deadlines are as follows:

  • Non-EU/EEA students: 15 January (Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship and Amsterdam Merit Scholarship)
  • EU/EEA students: 1 March (Amsterdam Science Talent Scholarship)

*Note that only some of the Science Master's programmes have also a possibility to start in February


Grade point average

Applicants are expected to have an overall grade point average (GPA) equivalent to at least:

  • 3.0 (American system)
  • 2.1 (a second class upper/division one degree in the British system)
  • C (ECTS-system)

    Admission, however, will not be granted based on a sufficient grade point average alone.

    Please note that higher GPA's are required for the Research MSc in Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

English language requirements

All our international programmes are conducted in English, therefore, applicants must show their ability to write and speak in English on an academic level. Students with a Bachelor’s degree from a Dutch university and students who successfully finished a full academic programma at an esteemed institute in one of the following countries are exempt: UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Please note we only accept the TOEFL Test, the test of the International English Language Testing Service (Academic IELTS) or a Cambridge Examination Score. For Non-EU/EEA students the required English test result should be received on or before 1 February in the year of application by the International Team at the Faculty of Science. If this in any case is not possible, contact the International Team first, before applying. For EU/EEA students the deadline of submitting the test results is 1 July.


The minimum scores required on the TOEFL Test are:

  • Internet-based test (iBT): 92 (98 for Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Information Studies and Software Engineering)

Please note the TOEFL-code for the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam is: 8628. 

 IELTS Test (only Academic IELTS is accepted)

  • Minimum score 6.5, at least 6.0 on sub-scores (listening/reading/writing/speaking). 


  • Information Studies + Brain and Cognitive Sciences> minimum score 7.0, sub-scores on writing and speaking at least 7.0, sub-scores on listening and reading at least 6.5 
  • Software Engineering > minimum score 7.0, at least 6.5 on each sub-score (listening/reading/writing/speaking)
  • The UvA offers the IELTS test for free to current UvA students to assess their English language proficiency.    

Cambridge Examination Score

A Cambridge Examination Score with a minimum test result of CAE A or B will also be accepted. For the CPE test a minimal score of C is required.

Nuffic Certificate for Chinese students

Chinese applicants are required to take an IELTS test or the TOEFL (Internet-based test only). These are the only two tests accepted by the Nuffic, which provides certificates to all Chinese students who wish to study in the Netherlands.

Please note there are some differences between the TOEFL and IELTS test. Available practice material, test dates, prices and locations differ per country.


For further information regarding admission requirements or the application procedure for international students, please contact the International Team of the Faculty of Science via the link below.

Published by  Faculty of Science

29 January 2018