Application Procedure

On this page, you will find an overview of the steps you need to take to submit an application for a Master’s programme at Utrecht University. We strongly recommend that you read through this guide thoroughly before starting your application.
 

  1. Choose your Master’s programme and read the entry requirements
  2. Check the application deadlines
  3. Prepare your application documents
  4. Submit an enrolment application in Studielink
  5. Pay the application fee (if applicable)
  6. Submit your application documents in OSIRIS Online Application

Please note: the Epidemiology Postgraduate programme has a unique application process, which differs from the one described on this page. You can read about the full process on the website of the programme.

1. Choose your Master’s programme and read the entry requirements

Take a look at Utrecht University’s course catalogue to find a programme you are interested in. Are you unable to decide between two Master’s programmes? Compare them using our online tool!

You can read the entry requirements on the Admission and Application page of your Master’s programme to make sure that you have the right qualifications. If you are unsure about your eligibility, feel free to get in touch with the contact person of your chosen programme. Although they cannot make a decision as to whether or not you are admissible, they might be able to give you more detailed advice.

2. Check the application deadlines

Every programme has its own application deadline, which you can find on the Admission and Application page of your programme. The deadline may also depend on whether you need to have a student visa and/or residence permit to study in the Netherlands.

All deadlines expire at 23:59 (midnight) Central European Time on the date stated. You have to complete the whole application process (including submitting your application documents in OSIRIS Online Application and paying the application fee) by this date.

We advise you to apply as early as possible. The earlier you apply, the more time there is for us to help you in case your application file is not yet complete, and the earlier you receive an admissions decision.

Keep in mind that you may need to apply even earlier than the regular application deadline, if you also want to be considered for a UU scholarship or need an early admissions decision for a scholarship application in your home country. You can find more details about the specific application procedures on our Grants and Scholarship page.

3. Prepare your application documents

The list of required application documents vary per programme, but will always include the following.

  • Scan of your passport or EU national ID card valid at the start of the programme
  • Evidence of previous education (such as diploma certificates, transcripts or a diploma supplement) that show that you (will) meet the entry requirements of your chosen programme
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • Your curriculum vitae and motivation letter
  • Two letters of recommendation

Check the website of your programme for any additional documents you need to submit (for example a writing sample or course descriptions).

We can process your application and determine your eligibility based on scans and/or digital documents.

If your diploma certificates and transcripts are not in English, Dutch, French, German or Spanish, you also need to arrange a translation made by a sworn or certified translator. All other application documents must be submitted in English or Dutch (unless the instructions on the website of the Master’s programme indicate otherwise).

You can already apply even if you have not obtained your diploma yet. In this case, we will need written proof that you are indeed in the final stages of your programme and that it is likely that you will graduate before the start of the Master’s programme. You can ask your current university or institution to issue a formal statement or they can use our standard Proof of Anticipated Degree form. You can download the guidelines for this statement and our standard form here.

If you do not yet have proof of your English language proficiency, you can indicate this on the application form in OSIRIS Online Application. Should you be found eligible for your chosen programme, your offer of admission will remain conditional until you provide us test results with sufficient scores.

If you are a Chinese national (People's Republic of China), you will also have to get a Nuffic Certificate to be eligible for a Dutch entry visa and enrol in an English-taught study programme. Make sure that you start your application for the Nuffic Certificate at the same time as you start preparing your application documents. You can find more information about the Nuffic Certificate and how to apply on the website of Nuffic Study Holland.

Do you have a question about the application documents? Check our FAQ!

4. Submit an enrolment application in Studielink

Studielink is the national website created for students to arrange their enrolment (and re-enrolment) at Dutch universities and other institutions of higher education. In order to apply to Utrecht University, you have to start an application in Studielink first.

→ If you live in the Netherlands, use your DigiD to log into Studielink. 
Do you live in the Netherlands but do not have a DigiD? Visit https://www.digid.nl/en/ and request one before applying!

→  If you live outside the Netherlands, you will need to create a Studielink account in order to apply. Click on 'Create Studielink-account without DigiD’ under the button ‘Log in without DigiD’ to create a Studielink account. Make sure to fill in all personal details correctly and as they appear on your official identification documents (such as passport or national ID card).

Once you logged in to Studielink, you will be asked to add information about your previous education. Please include all higher education degrees you obtained or are in the process of obtaining.

If you completed some of your previous education in the Netherlands, the relevant information will be automatically entered into Studielink for you by DUO (the executive agency of the Dutch Ministry of Education). You may still have to enter education you completed outside the Netherlands manually.

After adding the details of your educational background, you can immediately start an application for your chosen programme. You can submit a total of four active enrolment applications per academic year in Studielink.

Once you have submitted your application to Utrecht University, you will receive a confirmation email which includes your student number. Make sure to always mention this number in your communication with Utrecht University.

Do you have a question about Studielink? Take a look at the Studielink FAQ.

5. Pay the application fee (if applicable)

If you are applying with a degree from a non-Dutch university, you will have to pay an application fee of 100 euros. We are unable to consider your application without the application fee.

See our page about the application fee for more information, including the available payment methods and possible cases of exemption.

6. Submit your application documents in OSIRIS Online Application

After submitting your application in Studielink, you will receive an email with login details and further instructions for OSIRIS Online Application, the online application system of Utrecht University.

To complete this step of the application process, you will have to fill out our application form and upload your application documents. The documents you upload need to be in PDF format and maximum 2 MB in file size. It is possible to upload multiple files for the same question (for example, under transcript you can upload a separate file for your transcript of each study year).

You can save and return to your application as many times as you like before submitting. We will only be able to look at and process your application after you clicked ‘Submit’ on the last page of the application form.

Do you have a question about OSIRIS Online Application? Take a look at our FAQ.