Amsterdam Merit Scholarship – Communication Science

  • Bachelor
  • 15 January 2023

The College of Communication aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship (AMS). The AMS is a scholarship that covers the tuition fee for the nominal duration of the programme.


In order to be considered for the AMS scholarship applicants should: • hold non-EEA nationality or nationalities; • not be entitled to receive a Dutch study grant or loan (“Studiefinanciering”), for more information visit the DUO website. The scholarship office should be notified as soon as possible of any change in nationality, type of residence permit, and/or possible studiefinanciering support, throughout the academic year; • have submitted a complete application to the Bachelor’s programme in Communication Science, including a sufficient English test score; • have been (conditionally) admitted to the Bachelor’s programme in Communication Science; • be able to comply with Dutch visa regulations. For more information, see the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation (IND) website; • be enrolled at the UvA as a full-time student for the academic year and the programme for which the scholarship is awarded; • have never before studied at an educational institution in the Netherlands; • not receive a full coverage scholarship for the same period of study as the AMS scholarship; • have above average academic results, i.e. belonging to the top 10% of your class; • be a motivated student with extracurricular activities; • have outstanding English language skills. Requirements regarding English language proficiency are*: o TOEFL: Internet test 100 (with a minimum score of 22 in each of the different components) o IELTS: 7 (with at least 7.0 in each of the four components) o Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): grade A or Cambridge Certificate for Proficiency in English (CPE): grade C


The scholarship consists of an amount equal to the tuition fee. Please note that the scholarship cannot be used as a (partial) tuition waiver. The applicant must still pay the full amount of tuition due, and can do this in instalments. Scholarship holders will also receive their grant in monthly instalments. A scholarship granted for one academic year cannot be transferred to another academic year. Students who are granted an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship are required to assent to the conditions applying to the scholarship in writing before the scholarship will be remitted.


Please apply online before the specific application deadline. A complete application consists of the following documents:

  1. First, submit your complete application for the Bachelor in Communication Science.
  2. Receive your UvA student number and MyInfo reference number.
  3. Fill out and submit the online application form for the Amsterdam Merit Scholarship. You will need to upload the following documents: • Proof of belonging to the top 10% of your class; a statement that indicates your ranking. This statement is only accepted if it is signed by the examinations board or dean • Certified grade transcript; including a GPA • Application letter; in which the candidate explains the reasons for choosing the specific programme, the reasons for applying for the scholarship and why they consider themselves as outstanding • Curriculum Vitae, including description of extracurricular activities; such as participation in student committees, international experience, sports or music at a high level, volunteer work, etc. • English proficiency test

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