After you apply

As soon as you have applied for a programme, the university will start to process your application. On this page you can find more information about the process of your application, and the documents you have to submit.

Step 1: Application file complete

After you’ve submitted your application, you will be able to track your progress in OSIRIS Online Application, as well as accept or decline any admission offers. Once we receive your application, International Student Admissions will first check your application file for completeness. Is your application file complete?

No: If a document is missing or does not meet the required standards, we will let you know by email and you will be able to upload a new document in OSIRIS Online Application.

Yes: Once your application is complete and your educational credentials evaluated, we forward your file to the Admissions Committee of your chosen programme who will then assess your eligibility.

Step 2: Admission decision

If your Master’s application is successful you will receive an official letter of acceptance from the relevant Graduate School. Make sure to read this letter, the accompanying email and any other attachments thoroughly.

  • If your offer is conditional, you will be admitted after fulfilling certain requirements. These requirements and your deadline to fulfil them are stated in your letter of conditional acceptance. If you fulfil all conditions before the specified deadline, you will receive a letter of unconditional acceptance and you can officially enrol in the programme.
  • If your offer is unconditional, you are fully admitted and can officially enrol in the Master’s programme.

Conditions of admission

A letter of conditional acceptance may contain one or more of the following conditions:

  1. I have to send proof of my diploma and transcript
  2. I have to send proof of my English proficiency
  3. I have to complete a course or pass a test

Read more on fulfilling your conditions for admission!

Step 3: Accepting your offer

When you receive a letter of conditional admission, you will be asked to accept your offer. By accepting the offer, you reserve your place in the Master’s programme. You can already accept the offer, even if you have yet to fulfill the conditions of admission.

We recommend that you accept the offer as soon as possible to make sure that you receive all relevant communication from us that will guide you through the process of enrolment.

Step 4: Applying for a visa and/or residence permit


If you require a visa and/or residence permit to study in the Netherlands, our Visa Office will contact you after you accepted your offer. You will receive detailed information about how to submit your application, which documents you need to arrange, as well as payment instructions for the visa/residence permit and tuition fees.

Practical matters

After receiving your admission offer, we will send additional information about finding housing, paying your tuition fees, course registration and orientation programme. You can already read about many of these topics on our Welcome to Utrecht page.