Frequently Asked Questions on admissions
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When can I apply?
You are now able to submit your application via Studielink. After registration in Studielink you will be informed via email about the additional steps. Please keep an eye on on your inbox, and do not forget to check your spambox regularly as well. Please note that the final deadline to submit your application is 1 March.
You are strongly advised to start applying early in the procedure. You do not have to wait until you have completed your high school education. If applicable, test scores in English and maths can be submitted later on. Please note however that all aspects of your application will be weighed in comparison with the other candidates. If possible, you should submit your test scores at your earliest convenience. For more information on our entry requirements, see our Application and admission pages.
I have not obtained my high school diploma yet. Can I apply?
Yes. Most of our applicants are still in their last year of high school when they start their application. In that case a transcript of grades obtained so far and (if available) a list of predicted final grades is sufficient in order to start the application process.
Do I need to apply through Studielink?
The first step of the admissions procedure is to submit your application through Studielink. After registration in Studielink you will receive emails with important information on how to proceed with the PPLE admissions procedure. Please read the information in the emails carefully and make sure to check your inbox regularly (do not forget to check your spambox). Only if you complete the additional application form in MyInfo (access via your UvA-net ID) and provide us with the required documents, your application can be taken into account.
Make sure to register in time via Studielink. We advise everyone to start the application process at least two weeks before the deadline. In case you encounter technical difficulties, we can still provide assistance if you apply early. Waiting until the very last moment, leaves you with no time to overcome any technical issues.
What documents do I have to submit?
Please read the following checklist carefully and make sure you upload every required document. Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.
- Copy of passport
- Letter of Motivation
- If high school diploma obtained:
- Final grade list
- If high school diploma not yet obtained:
- Final results from your previous year
- Intermediate results of your final year of high school
Make sure that your transcripts include your name, the name of your school, the name of the diploma to be obtained, and a date.
- Transcripts of higher education (e.g. university/college transcripts)
- Supplementary test results (if required)
- Translations (if required)*
*If your documents are in any other language than Dutch, English, French, German or Spanish, you have to provide authorized translations by a sworn translator. Make sure you also upload your documents in the original language. Failing to submit the original documents, will result in an incomplete application
Can I submit letters of recommendation?
PPLE College does not take letters of recommendation into account, so there is no need to submit these.
How long does it take to process my application?
We will start processing your application if and when complete. When you submit your application before 1 December 2016, you will be informed regarding the results of the first selection round by mid-January. For more information please check the key dates.
How does the selection procedure work?
Please check the Application and admission pages.
Can I apply if I do not meet the English language test requirements?
PPLE can process your application without having received your English language test score. If selected, it will be under the condition that you submit a test score meeting the entry requirements before registration. Please note, however, that all aspects of your application will be weighed in comparison with the other candidates. If possible, you should submit a test score at your earliest convenience.
See the Entry Requirements for the required test score (TOEFL/IELTS).
Can I apply if I do not meet the Mathematics requirements?
PPLE can process your application without having received your mathematics test score. If selected, it will be under the condition that you submit a test score meeting the entry requirements before registration. Please note, however, that all aspects of your application will be weighed in comparison with the other candidates. If possible, you should submit a test score at your earliest convenience.
See mathematics requirements for the required test score (SAT/Boswell Bata/CCV)
My English proficiency test score is not sufficient. Do you provide English language courses in summer?
The University of Amsterdam does not provide this service. Students residing in the Netherlands are recommended to visit the British Language Training Centre (BLTC) in Amsterdam. For preparatory courses and materials, please refer to the following testing organisations:
• Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): www.toefl.org
• International English Language Testing System (IELTS): www.ielts.org
• Cambridge ESOL: www.cambridgeesol.org
What are the mathematics requirements?
Applicants holding a diploma from Dutch university preparatory education (VWO) in one of the four profiles, with a sufficient, passing grade for mathematics A, B, or D (final grade 6.0 or higher) are eligible to apply for the programme. Studying with a foreign diploma at the UvA means that a student's preparatory education must be equal to the Dutch VWO diploma, with a sufficient, passing final grade for mathematics. Mathematics should be included in the final examination.
If you are not studying maths, or you are not sure you will get a sufficient grade, or maths will not be included in your final examinations, you will need to show sufficient results from a recognised test centre well before your intended starting date. Any offer of acceptance will be conditional, pending the test results.
Organisations offering tests and/or preparatory courses:
• Boswell Beta: www.boswell-beta.nl/en/
• CCVX: www.ou.nl/eCache/DEF/2/21/905.html
• SAT: sat.collegeboard.org/register/test-center-code-search
I would like to enroll in the spring semester. Is that possible?
This is not possible, because we don't offer a spring intake.
If I am not selected, how to prevent I will not be able to study in 2017?
As selection cannot be guaranteed beforehand, we advise all our applicants to apply for another (non-selective) bachelor's programme, just to keep your options open. Please check with the alternative bachelor's programme which application deadlines, entry requirements and procedures apply.
Does PPLE College offer housing?
The University's Housing department, UvA Housing, tries its utmost best to accommodate all international students. There is a high demand in Amsterdam, though, and therefore housing by the university cannot be guaranteed. We advise everyone to apply as soon as possible once they receive an invitation to apply for UvA Housing. For more information, please visit www.uva.nl/housing.
Does PPLE offer deferrals?
No. Due to the high number of applicants PPLE does not offer deferrals.
Is It possible to transfer credits obtained from a previous Bachelors program?
Due to the interdisciplinary nature of our program we require our students to follow the entire curriculum. It is therefore not possible to transfer large amounts of previously obtained credits from a different program. We do have 12 credits worth of electives, two courses, distributed across the third year (first semester). You might be able to fill these elective courses with your previously obtained credits but you will need permission from the Examinations Board.
Visas and permits
If you are not Dutch, you may need an entry visa and/or residence permit to study in the Netherlands. For more information please read the Visas and permits section of this website.
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