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Test, study plan, and financial plan

How to apply to PPLE

Successful candidates who pass the first round of the admissions procedure, will be invited for the second round. They will then be provided with study materials and are required to take a selection test. The online test can be taken on your own laptop or pc, all you need is an internet connection. You will also be asked to send in a study plan and financial plan (templates provided).

If you are selected for the next round, you will be provided with study materials on an interdisciplinary topic. After studying, all candidates need to sit for the selection test on a specific date and time. It is not possible to take the test any other time. You do not need to travel to Amsterdam for the online test. 

In addition, candidates need to write a study plan and financial plan. Templates and further information are provided via email after a candidate has been selected to the second round. Incomplete submissions or documents in a different format or template will not be taken into consideration.

The study plan and financial plan need to be submitted before Friday 24 March, 17.00 CET via the SIS application portal, using the template provided. Please ensure that you download this template well in advance. Incomplete submissions, documents in a different format or template, or submissions received after the deadline will not be taken into consideration. All components (exam results, study plan, and financial plan) are taken into consideration by the Selection Committee. 

Study materials and test

The study materials become available approximately five days prior to the actual test. Candidates have several days to watch the recording and study the reading materials. The lecture will take approximately one hour.

The online entrance exam is on Saturday 25 March 2023, 14.00-16.00 CEST (Amsterdam time). You can start the exam anytime between 14.00-15.00 CEST and you have 60 minutes to complete the test after opening the test. 

The test can be taken on your own laptop or pc. The test consists of several multiple choice questions and 1 or 2 open question(s). 

You will receive further information via email on how to access the study materials and where to take the test, after selection to the second round.


The test results, study plan and financial plan will be evaluated by a PPLE staff member. Based on the quality of all three components as well as your performance in the previous round, the PPLE Selection Committee will decide whether you will be invited for an online interview.