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Urban Studies: Sense, Space and Strategy

Application Procedure and Admission Criteria

Below you can find all of the information on how to apply to one of our summer programmes. Please read the information below before you click the "Apply 2020" button.

Apply 2020

*Applications for summer 2020 open on 1 September 2019.

*Dates and prices are tentative and subject to change. All information for summer 2020 will be finalized by 1 December 2019. Check back regularly for updates. For more information, email summer-info-gsss@uva.nl.

Entry requirements

Students should be in good academic standing to participate in the summer school. Professionals should show relevant experience and a concrete way they’ll apply learnings in their work. For more information about the Dutch grading scale, visit the Study in Holland website.

Application fee

The application fee is €25 and can be paid by credit card.

Application Procedures

Admissions decisions will only be communicated via email for early admission in the first week of February, and for regular admission one month after the application deadline. Please have the following supporting documents ready to upload to the online application form, and select the appropriate programme from the dropdown menu:

  • A scan of your passport
  • A copy of your transcripts
  • An up-to-date copy of your CV/Resume
  • A letter of motivation of approximately 400 – 500 words stating your commitment and curiosity about urban studies from an interdisciplinary and innovative perspective. This programme focuses on non-traditional approaches to urban studies, including reading the sensescape of a city, the importance of public art, the role of tourism, and how this affects the lived experience of an urban environment. Please link an example from your home context to the description of the programme on the website. Further, explain why you wish to participate, what you hope to learn, and your relevant educational and professional experience in the field of study. Note: this is the most important part of your application.

Once you submit your application and pay the fee, you'll hear back from us 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.

OKP and MENA admission deadline

  • OKP and MENA admission deadline for all programmes is 20 October 2019. Please see the Scholarships page for the admissions process.

Early admission deadline

  • Early admissions deadlines for all programmes is 10 January 2020.

The Summer Programmes Office is offering early admission to applicants. There are many benefits to early admission: plan your summer in advance, take advantage of booking airfare at lower prices, and secure university provided housing. All students who apply by 10 January 2020 will be considered for early admission. Admission decisions will be made by 1 February and communicated soon after. If you are successful, you must confirm your attendance and pay by 1 March to secure your place in the course and housing. Students who are not offered early admission will be automatically considered in the general admission period.

Regular admission deadline

1 April 2020