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Visions of the Occult: Introduction to (Western) Esotericism
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Application Procedure and Admission Criteria

Apply for our online winter programme via the link below! Be sure to read all of the information about the application process on this page.

Application Procedures

Please have the following supporting documents ready (in PDF) to upload to the online application form:

  • A scan of your passport
  • A copy of your transcripts/list of courses taken and grades achieved
  • An up-to-date copy of your CV/Resume
  • A letter of motivation of approximately 400-500 words stating your interest, wherein you discuss/present an esoteric author or movement you are familiar with, either historical or contemporary. To give you an idea, you can find a selection of relevant subjects in the description of contents of the Dictionary of Gnosis and Western Esotericism (you do not need to purchase the book, simply use the online list of subjects for inspirational purposes). What makes this author or movement interesting for you, and why? Further, explain why you wish to participate, what you hope to learn, and your relevant educational and/or professional experience in the field of study. Note: this is the most important part of your application.
  • Pay the non-refundable €25 application fee by credit card. 
  • Note: You will be asked about housing in the online application. Please select "no" as housing is not available for online courses. 

Winter course admission deadline

  • Admissions are processed throughout the year on a rolling basis
  • Final day to submit an application: Wednesday 15 December 2021
  • Admissions decisions sent to all applicants within a week of their application.
  • Payment for the programme must be received within 1 week of receiving an acceptance letter. The course has a maximum number of 20 participants: ensure your participation by submitting payment as soon as possible. 

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email us at summer-info-gsss@uva.nl. In all communications, be sure to include your full name and state the programme you're applying for.