Amsterdam - Social Sciences & Humanities Application Requirements

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Eligibility Requirements:
  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 3.0 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale
  • Junior or senior standing when program begins
  • Final admissions decision rests with the Universiteit van Amsterdam
  • Please note: the Study Amsterdam program will not review applicants with cumulative GPAs below 2.9. Applicants whose GPAs are between 2.9 and 3.0 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis (additional application materials below are required).
Application Requirements:
  • Online Application
    Applications may be considered after the published deadline on a space available basis. Please note that late applicants may be required to submit a non-refundable confirmation deposit upon acceptance in order to secure a place in the program. Please contact us with questions about applying after the deadline.

Submit the following in your MyIESabroad account after your Online Application is processed:

  • Home School Authorization
    Your on-campus study abroad advisor can either complete the Home School Authorization electronically through IES Abroad’s PartnerPortal system, or by filling out the PDF form linked above. Consult your study abroad advisor to determine how they would prefer to complete your Home School Authorization.
  • Official Transcript(s) for each college/university you have attended since high school. If you have multiple transcripts, IES Abroad will average the GPAs for all colleges/universities you have attended and use that cumulative GPA when reviewing your application.
  • Color copy of valid passport photo page (must be valid for six months past the end date of your IES Abroad program)
    Please provide a scanned copy of your passport information and signature page(s). If you do not yet possess a passport or if it is not valid for six months past the end date of your IES Abroad program, we will accept a copy of your passport application; and we will also require that you provide the following information (as it will appear in your passport): first and last name, date of birth (MM/DD/YYYY), gender, and place of birth.
  • Academic Statement of Purpose
    This 500-word statement should state what academic area of study you hope to pursue while in Amsterdam and include at least four UvA course choices in which you would want to enroll. Please visit the UvA website to view a tentative list of courses offered at UvA through the Undergraduate Certificate Programme in Humanities and Social Sciences.  You may take courses in any of these clusters.  Note that you are only listing preliminary course choices on this statement; course offerings are subject to change.  Master's level courses are not open to IES Abroad students.  Please give a brief explanation of your current studies to provide a general overview of your academic background (but don't specifically list all classes taken to date).  Also, mention previous study, volunteer, or work experiences overseas, if any. Be sure to write your name at the top of the statement.
  • Students attending higher education institutions outside of the U.S. may need to submit English language proficiency exam results. Contact your IES Abroad Representative for more information.


  • Professor Recommendation Letter
    Although there is no length requirement, the recommendation must indicate a professor’s opinion of the applicant’s academic ability to pursue university-level coursework in a foreign country, in addition to any information that would help IES Abroad gain a better understanding of the applicant.
  • Personal Academic Essay
    Although there is no length requirement, the essay must address your GPA, any particular academic challenges faced, reasons you chose this IES Abroad program, and how it fits into your academic career.
Passport & Visa Requirements:

A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required. Visit to locate U.S. passport agencies in your area.

U.S. citizens in possession of a valid passport do not need to obtain a visa predeparture to enter the Netherlands. Upon admission, you will receive more information about obtaining the required residence permit on-site and any related fees. Non-U.S. citizens may be required to obtain a visa prior to arrival. Please contact us for more information.