If you would like to enrol in an elective course at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), yet are a student at another Dutch research university or university of applied sciences, you will first need to register as an elective course student in Studielink and follow the steps described below. As a UvA student, you can enrol directly in elective courses.
Check the Course Catalogue for information about the course you wish to follow. As long as you meet the entry requirements, many courses can be taken as an elective course. If a course cannot be taken as an elective course, this is usually mentioned in the course description (‘Course only open to ...’).
Hand in an original copy of your Proof of Payment (Bewijs Betaald Collegegeld) from your own educational institution at the Central Student Service Desk or, alternatively, send it by post to the Central Student Administration. See the addresses below. Remember to state your UvA student ID number on the documents.
Central Student Administration postal address
University of Amsterdam
Central Student Administration
PO Box 2760
1000 CT Amsterdam
Location of Central Student Service Desk:
Central Student Service Desk
Roeterseiland Campus Building E
Each faculty has its own additional steps which are required in order to take an elective course. The UvA has strict course registration periods, which you can find in this overview.
If you want to take an elective course at the Faculty of Science as a non-UvA student, get in touch with the Service Desk at the Science Park: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to do an elective course you need to fulfill the entry requirements of the specific programme, therefore please check the entry requirements first. In case you fulfill the entry requirements, the Admissions Office will admit you based on your educational background as registered in DUO.
Please follow the steps of the course registration on the student website.
Please note: if you are studying at another university, you will first have to register for the elective course in Studielink. If you are studying at the UvA and you are admissible you can directly register for the course(s) via the regular course registration procedure.
Questions? Please contact the Education Desk of the Amsterdam Graduate School of Law.
If you want to enrol in an elective course at the Faculty of Economics and Business, go to the FEB student website for more information.
If you want to enrol in an elective course at the Faculty of of Humanities, follow the procedure for course enrolment on the Faculty's student website.
Psychology: go to following elective courses at the Psychology department on the student website.
Bachelor's programme in Communication Science: The Course Catalogue lists which courses at the College of Communication can be taken as an elective course. Use the terms ‘open UvA college’ and ‘College Communicatiewetenschap’ to filter results.
Master's programme in Communication Science: You can only follow an elective course at the Graduate School of Communication if you meet the entry requirements and there is room on the course. For more information, please get in touch with the email@example.com.
If you would like to take an elective course belonging to another degree programme at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, go to the student website of the degree programme and select A-Z in the menu. The information you require will be listed under ‘bijvak’ (elective course).
A minor is a cohesive curriculum, generally comprising 30 ECTS credits. It allows you to explore a second field or interdisciplinary theme during your Bachelor's programme. For an overview of the minors and the ‘stappenplan aanmelden minor’ (Step-by-step plan for enrolling in a minor), go to the Minors page.
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