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Selection procedure

The College Social Sciences works with a “placement” model, rather than a “selection” model. This means that if you meet the entry requirements of the host university and there are not more applicants than places available, you will be accepted to your destination of choice. However, if there are more applicants than places available, a selection will be made based on the weighted GPA. The weighted GPA will be calculated for every applicant at the same time and will include all grades that have been obtained at the University of Amsterdam and that have been registered in SiS up to and including 1 March 2021.

The International Office Social Sciences strives to inform you of the outcome of your application within 4 weeks after the application deadline.

Nomination and application at the partner university

When you are selected for an exchange semester, the International office Social Sciences will nominate you at the partner university and inform you about the procedure to follow.  In a lot of cases the partner university will contact you and inform you about the application procedure. This is not always the case so always make sure that you are proactive and look for the information on the website of our partner university. It is important to respect the application deadlines of the partner university as the partner can refuse your application if it is not received within the deadline and there is a risk you are not able to go on an exchange at all.

The moment you send your application to the partner and receive your acceptance letter, it is sure you will go on an exchange.

Recognition credits

After your exchange, the credits you have obtained abroad need to be registered in SiS by your Examinations Board. It is important to receive your transcript of records at the end of your study abroad experience to be able to send it to the Examinations Board. Sometimes, the International Office will receive the transcripts directly from the host university. In that case, the International Office will send both your Examinations Board and you a copy of the transcripts.

If you receive your transcripts directly, we would advise you to send a copy to your Examinations Board at your earliest convenience, so they can register your grades in SiS for you.

Credits obtained at one of our partner universities are automatically recognized by the Examinations Board, except in the case of the Bachelor's in Human Geography and Planning and the Research Master Urban Studies. Students from these programmes should request course approval from Dr. Marco Bontje ( before the exchange programme commences. 

Erasmus scholarship

Students who will go on an exchange within Europe, are able to apply for an Erasmus + scholarship.  The scholarship will be automatically requested at UvA's Central Erasmus office by the international office. You will find more information on the website study abroad-practical matters-financial matters. 

Pre-departure meeting

Every semester the international offices of the UvA will organize a pre-departure meeting. During this meeting students will receive more practical information about their exchange but also what documents they need to submit/complete. This is also an occassion to meet other students who are going abroad and we always invite our exchange students who might be students from the partner university where you will go on an exchange.