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Frequently Asked Questions on admissions

When can I apply?

PPLE will accept applications for the September 2019 intake from 10 October, 2018 until 1 March 2019. Any applications submitted after 1 March will not be considered for admission. Before you can submit an application to PPLE, you must first register for PPLE in 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.

You are strongly advised to start applying as early as possible. You do not need 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. It is the candidate's responsibility to provide us with test scores as soon as they become available. Send an email to admissions-pple@uva.nl if your test scores have come out and you want to add these to your file.  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.

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 consideration.

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.

- CV

- Letter of Motivation

- If high school diploma obtained:

  • Diploma
  • Official final transcript of grades

- If high school diploma not yet obtained:

  • Official transcript of grades from your previous year
  • An official record of any grades that you have received in your final/current year

Transcripts MUST include your name, the name of your school, the name of the diploma to be obtained, and a date. Screenshots of grade lists will not be accepted.

In addition you may also include:

- 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, or German, you must provide authorized translations by a sworn translator AND a copy of the documents in the original language. Failing to submit the both translations and 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 once we have received all required documents. Students who submit their applications before the Early Bird deadline will be informed as to whether or not they have been invited to the Essay round in mid-January; students who submit their application during the Regular admissions round will be informed in early April. For more information please check the key dates.

I cannot find my country/diploma on the list of accepted diplomas. Can I still apply to PPLE?

 If your diploma/country does not appear on our list of accepted diploma types , then you will need to complete at least one to two years of higher education, either in your home country or at a university of applied sciences in the Netherlands before you will have a diploma level which is sufficient to permit entry to University of Amsterdam. You cannot use supplementary exams to meet our diploma level requirement / in place of a year.

Can I apply if I do not meet the English language requirements?

If you do not have a sufficient level of English through your diploma, you will need to take a supplementary English proficiency exam to meet the English requirement. You can submit an application to PPLE before taking this exam. 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.

Please see our English requirements page  for more information on which supplementary exams we accept and the minimum scores required.

I attended a British/American/International school taught in English but located in a non-English speaking country. Am I considered a native speaker?

No, you will need to provide us with additional evidence of meeting our English requirement. This can be done either through your diploma/secondary school grades or through a supplementary exam. Please see our English requirements page  for further information.

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

Can I apply if I do not meet the Mathematics requirements?

If you do not have a sufficient level of math through your diploma, you will need to take a supplementary math exam to meet the math requirement. You can submit an application to PPLE before taking this exam. 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. 

Please see our mathematics requirements page for more information on which supplementary math exams we accept and the minimum scores required.

I would like to enroll in the spring semester. Is that possible?

No, this is not possible. All PPLE students must enter the programme in September of each academic year.

I am meeting the minimum requirements…can I assume that I will be admitted to PPLE College?

PPLE is highly competitive and selective program. Therefore, admission can NEVER be guaranteed, even for candidates who do meet the minimum requirements. We strongly advise all our applicants to apply to several different bachelor's programmes, just to keep your options open. Please note that other Bachelor’s programmes at the UvA may have different application deadlines, minimum requirements and admissions procedures than PPLE. We cannot answer admissions questions regarding any other programs, you must contact them directly.

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. If you receive an offer to PPLE but would like to begin in the following year, you must reapply and complete all three rounds of the admissions process. Any conditional offers to PPLE are only valid for the stated intake date.

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 PPLE 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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