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How to apply

Frequently Asked Questions on admissions

Am I eligible to apply?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Can I apply if I don't 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.

How to apply?

  • When can I apply?

    PPLE will accept applications for the September 2021 intake from 1 October 2020 until 1 March 2021. Any applications submitted after 1 March will not be considered for admission. Before you can submit an application to PPLE, you must first submit an enrolment request 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 Mathematics 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.

  • Do I need to apply through Studielink?
  • 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

    - Personal statement

    - 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.

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

    PPLE is highly competitive and selective programme. 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 programmes, you must contact them directly.

  • When will my application be processed?

    After you submit an enrolment request via Studielink you will receive the subsequent emails within 24-48 hours to activate your UvA-net ID and the invitation to the application portal MyInfo. You need to fill out the application form and upload all required documents via MyInfo. Only after you submit the complete application form via MyInfo before the deadline of 1 March, PPLE College will receive your application and can start processing it.

    If documents are missing or if anything is unclear we will get in touch with you via email. If everything is complete and we can process your application you will be informed about the next steps of the selection procedure on the indicated dates in the ‘Key dates’ section on our website.

Questions regarding the PPLE programme/curriculum

  • If I major in Law, can I enroll in a Master’s programme in Law after PPLE?

    Yes, it is possible to pursue a Master’s programme in Law after PPLE. We recommend looking into the requirements for the specific law Master’s programme you are interested in as the requirements can differ per country and school. There are a number of English-taught Master’s programmes in Law offered at the UvA that graduates can enroll in directly after PPLE.

    If you want to attend a Dutch Law Master’s programme after PPLE, you will need to complete a one-year pre-Master’s programme in law (civiel effect) before you will be eligible to apply. You can find more information about the civiel effect programme here.

    You can find more information about Master’s programmes our graduates have gone on to attend here.

  • Is a degree in this programme equivalent to an LLB if I major in law?

    No. Upon successful completion of PPLE, students are awarded a Bachelor of Science in Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics with a specialisation in e.g. Law. Your transcript will show that you have earned 60 ECTS of law credits in the PPLE programme. Depending on the Master’s programme you would like to attend after PPLE, you may be able to enter directly with these qualifications. We recommend checking the requirements of each specific programme to see what they require for entry.

  • Is It possible to transfer credits obtained from a previous Bachelor's programme?

    Due to the interdisciplinary nature of our programme 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 programme. 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.

  • Will I be able to pursue a Master's programme in my major after PPLE?

    In many cases, our graduates are able to go on to Master's programmes in their major fields. However, the requirements for different Master's programmes vary per programme. We recommend researching the requirements of the Master's programme you are interested in to see if you will be eligible to apply with a degree from PPLE.

Practical matters

  • 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 UvA 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.

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