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Cultural and Social Anthropology: Visual Anthropology (track)
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Application and admission

UvA Bachelor students Culturele Antropologie en Ontwikkelingssociologie 

Please note that students who will obtain (or have obtained) a Bachelor in ‘Culturele Antropologie en Ontwikkelingssociologie’ at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) only need to fill in and submit the application form. No other documents are required.

Please take the following steps to apply to this programme:

Application process

  • 1. Check deadlines

    Please see below for the most important deadlines you must consider when applying to one of our Master’s programmes for the academic year 2021-2022.


    Enrolment February 2022

    For enrolment in February 2022, the application deadlines for all our Master’s programmes are:

    • Apply for DigiD (Dutch students only): Wednesday 18 August 2021
    • Registration in Studielink: Tuesday 7 September 2021, 17:00 hrs (CET)
    • Application in MyInfo: Friday 10 September 2021, 17:00 hrs (CET)


    Visa & scholarship

    If you are in need of a visa or are applying for a scholarship, you will need to adhere to earlier deadlines:

    • Registration in Studielink: Monday 12 July 2021, 17:00 hrs (CET)
    • Application in MyInfo and for scholarship: Thursday 15 July 2021, 17:00 hrs (CET)


  • 2. Check entry requirements

    Bachelor's degree

    Students with a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology or in another closely related discipline (such as social sciences or humanities) are invited to apply, provided they meet all other entry requirements.

    International degrees are evaluated on the basis of advice from professional diploma evaluators. The minimum level of the degree should be equivalent to a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree.


    The above-mentioned related disciplines should include a substantial number of courses in anthropology, including a one semester (or trimester) course in anthropological theory completed with a good grade. Generally, students from related fields are well enough prepared when they have earned about 60 ECTS credits in Anthropology. The courses of such a background need to consist of a mixture of introductory courses, theoretical overview courses and specialized courses.

    Research methodology

    Applicants should have a solid basis in both qualitative and (less important) quantitative social sciences research methodology reflected by the completion of at least (an equivalent of) 20 ECTS during previous study. Experience with the following research methods skills is required:

    • Make a solid research design
    • Knowledge and training in qualitative research skills such as participant observation; interviewing; discourse analysis; and possibly historical research methods;
    • Understand advantages and disadvantages of different qualitative research methods and triangulation Quantitative research skills that can be used for the purpose of triangulation
    • Analyse the results of  empirical qualitative research.

    Visual anthropology requirements

    To participate in this specialization, there are extra requirements that concern only Visual Anthropology that students need to meet:

    1. You have received prior education or demonstrate thorough practical knowledge in filming and editing. In order to assess your level of competence, the Assessment Committee asks you to submit an audio-visual project that you have completed (video or portfolio with photographs).

    How: It is important that you make your portfolio (that can be photographs or film material) available in your online application in MYINFO. In order to do this you will have to upload your (audio-)visual material to a website. You can then add the link(s) to your online application for Visual Anthropology so that the admissions committee can view your work. You cannot send this portfolio separately via email.

    2. You must be able to demonstrate that you have sufficient training and knowledge in visual anthropology by having taken visual anthropological or related courses. Relevant work experience in the field of photography, filming and editing may (partially) substitute academic work in Visual Anthropology.

    3. Applicants must specify their ideas for a feasible research project to undertake during the master

    English language proficiency

    Our Master's programmes are highly demanding and fully taught in English. To ensure the quality of education and to safeguard students from failing their studies or slowing down class interactions, a high level of English language proficiency is expected of all applicants.

    For more information on the test requirement and possible exemptions, please see:

    Pre-Master's programme

    Please see here for more information on our pre-Master possibilities:


    If you have any questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office at apply-gsss@uva.nl

  • 3. Submit enrolment application in Studielink
  • 4. Activate your UvanetID

    After submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, you will receive an email with your UvanetID. Follow the instructions in the email to activate your ID as you will need it to complete your UvA application.

  • 6. Wait for admission decision

    If and after we have decided that you can be admitted to the programme, we will send you a letter of (conditional) acceptance by e-mail (through MyInfo) together with more information on how to complete your registration at the UvA and how to apply for a visa or residence permit (if applicable to you). 

  • 7. Accept/decline offer

    After you have been conditionally accepted to the Master’s programme and we have sent you the letter of (conditional) acceptance, you will receive an Accept Offer sent to you by MyInfo. Please follow the instructions and confirm this Accept Offer. We will only continue to further process your application, including your housing and possibly visa application, after you have confirmed our Accept Offer.

After (conditional) admission

  • 8a. Submit certified documents

    If you have been (conditionally) admitted to our Master's programme we need to verify your previous education. This means that we have to check whether you have successfully completed your Bachelor’s programme. Verification is done based on the records provided by DUO.

    If you completed your Bachelor’s programme abroad, please send us certified copies of your transcripts and degree certificates, so we can check them. You need to send us these documents by post. Plain copies or scans of the original certified documents are not accepted. 

    You may also need to submit an official English test score report.

    You can find more information about the certified documents and where to send them to in your (conditional) acceptance letter.

  • 8b. Start in February 2021 instead of September 2020 (when experiencing study delay due to corona)

    The Master’s programme in Cultural and Social Anthropology starts twice a year, in September and February. This means that students who have not yet completed their Bachelor’s or pre-Master’s programme in September can make use of the February-start of the programme. If you have been conditionally accepted for this master but have not yet concluded you BA by September, you will not be eligible for enrolment but you can defer your studies to February 2021. Please email our admissions office and ask for details: apply-gsss@uva.nl. Please find more information on our February start of the Master’s programme in Cultural and Social Anthropology in the 2020-2021 Course Catalogue.

  • 10. Attend introduction day

    Student orientation/introduction events are planned in the last 2 weeks of August. At these events you will receive all relevant programme information to make a good start. Your study advisor will send you more detailed information about the Introduction Day in July.

  • 11. Request student ID card

    A student ID card is a personal card which serves as proof of identity for examinations or borrowing library books. You will receive instructions on how to request your student ID card.