University of Amsterdam (UvA)

University of Amsterdam (UvA)

Spuistraat 134
1012 VB

Name and address of the Department 

Departement Geschiedenis, archeologie en regiostudies 
(Department for History, Archeology and Area Studies)

P.C. Hoofthuis
Spuistraat 134
1012 VB Amsterdam

 Name Erasmus Coordinator for the Department/for the American Studies Network (direct all academic-related queries here. Incoming Erasmus students are requested to make email contact with coordinators at least 2 months prior to arriving in Torino, and check in with coordinator upon arrival). 

Dr. Krisztina Lajosi
Assistant Professor in Modern European Literature and Culture

University Erasmus Office (direct all administrative queries here):

University of Amsterdam
International Office, Faculty of Humanities
Spuistraat 210, room 003 - 'Bungehuis'
1012 VT Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Phone: +31 20 525 3094
Semester or term dates 

First Semester: September - January
Second Semester: February - June

 Language requirement for incoming Erasmus students.
Dutch: none. English: see below.

Language Requirements (url)

Language requirements at the University of Amsterdam

Please ALWAYS check the official UvA WEBSITE (see above url link) for language requirements as changes do occur during the academic year.

MA students - are required to have one of the following language certifications:
IELTS 7.0; Cambridge International Examination: the minimum scores are: 'A' for the Certificate in Advanced English or 'B' for the Certificate of Proficiency in English.; TOEFL- internet based: minimum 100 with a minimum of 22 per section.

BA students - there are no official language requirements. (However, UvA is planning to introduce it in the near future.)
All Erasmus exchange students who wish to study at the University of Amsterdam have to sign an agreement according to which “students are expected and required to be proficient in the language they take courses in.”

Before their arrival to the Netherlands, non-native speaker BA exchange students are required to fill in a digital free language test, Oxford Placement Test (OPT), which assesses students’ use of correct grammatical forms.
a.      Between 41 and 50 points their grammatical competency is regarded as “sufficient”.
b.      Between 31 and 40 their language proficiency is seen as “inconclusive”.
c.      If students score less than 30 points they are advised to improve their English before they come to Amsterdam.
After they have the results of the OPT, non-native speaker BA exchange students are advised to follow a webclass called “Debug your English”, which was devised to help students getting to the B2 level before they start their studies in Amsterdam. Students who score 40 or less on the OPT test are monitored during their studies at the UvA.

After their arrival to Amsterdam, all students are required to do another language proficiency test, which focuses on their writing and speaking skills. Based on the results of this tests it is decided whether a student is allowed to follow:
a.      all courses taught in English at the Uva
b.      only to a limited number of BA courses offered in English
c.      or excluded from all courses taught in English

Does the institution provide any language instruction course prior to the start of semester?