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Applying for the Erasmus programme

College of Social Sciences

On this page you will find the following information: requirements for an Erasmus exchange, application procedure, application form and the information sessions on studying abroad.

Requirements for an Erasmus exchange

Exchanges with European partner institutions are arranged through the so-called Erasmus programme. To qualify for admission to the Erasmus programme, you must meet the following requirements:

  • you will have earned at least 120 ECTS by the time that the study abroad begins (not at the time of application)
  • during the exchange period, you must be enrolled at the UvA as a full-time student
  • you need to meet the partner universities’ requirements (GPA, language). You can find these requirements in the Partner Fact Sheets on the world map (, and on the partner universities’ website itself
  • in order to be eligible for an Erasmus grant, you must study abroad for a period of at least three months. You may take part in an exchange for a maximum period of one academic year. Students may be eligible for a maximum Erasmus grant/allowance of 12 months per study phase (i.e. Bachelor's, Master's, PhD, or work placement).

Application procedure and application form 

  • The application for an Erasmus exchange is entirely digital and consists of:

Within the application form, you will be asked to upload the following documents (in PDF format):

  • an Academic Approval form  (only your Study Advisor needs to sign this form, please find it below)
  • a filled out Personal Reflection Questions form (for each of your destination choices)

Please note that the application form for round 1 will open on the 1st of November 2021. 

The application deadline for Round 1 of the Erasmus+ Exchange Programme Social Sciences is on 1 March 2021, 23:59PM.

The application deadline for Round 2 of the Erasmus+ Exchange Programme Social Sciences is on 15 June 2021, 23:59PM. 

In this second round, students can only apply for spots that remain after the 1 March selection and must conduct their exchange in the second semester. The list of remaining spots can be found on this website under the 'Destinations' heading from the beginning of June onwards.

If you have missed both application deadlines, and you are still interested in going on an exchange in semester 2, 2021-2022, please contact us as soon as possible. 

Erasmus+ Grant

As an Erasmus student, you may be eligible for an allowance for the additional living and travel expenses during your stay abroad: the Erasmus+ Grant. With an application for the Erasmus+ exchange programme you are automatically also applying for an Erasmus+ Grant. 

The general grant amount is annually set by the European Commission and the Dutch National Agency, the Nuffic, and is linked to the country of destination. More information about the grant can be found on Additional information Erasmus+ grant


When you apply for a partner university, you need to make sure that the courses you want to follow are within the department/faculty that the UvA has an agreement with. For instance, if you are a sociology student but you would like to apply for a University under the list of Anthropology partners, this means that you will need to choose the courses from the Anthropology department. It could be possible that at some partners, you can choose one or two courses from a different department/faculty but please be aware of this when you choose your destination.

Also make sure that you meet the right language requirements before applying to a partner University so you will not be surprised. For instance, if you are applying for Universities in Spain or Italy, you will need to proof that you have the right language skills to be able to follow courses in the language of teaching.

To prepare well and do research on the admission criteria of the partner, is the students' responsibility.