CEDLA/UvA Master Latin American Studies > Application and Admission

Admission Criteria
The CEDLA’s Master Latin American Studies is primarily intended for students with a Master’s degree in the social sciences and humanities. Applicants with a Master’s degree in a different field and good students with a Bachelor’s degree may also apply, but are asked to write a research proposal as part of their application. All potential candidates are required to show verifiable knowledge and experience in the areas of Latin American studies, and, upon admission, must have sufficient knowledge of English and Spanish (or possibly Portuguese) to be able to study the required literature and conduct fieldwork.

Please note that in case of doubt, other applicants can be asked to prepare a research proposal as well. Applicants may also be advised to study certain literature or to follow a course before the start of the programme to meet admission requirements.

How to apply
Our application process is open throughout the year, though there are some important deadlines: 1 February for Latin American students seeking a NUFFIC scholarship, 1 May for general admissions (for all students – this is the latest date that we can accept international students requiring a student visa), and 1 July for students with an EU of Dutch citizenship. Classes always start in the first week of September. To apply click here.

When you apply, make sure to send us the following documents:
- A letter containing your motivation and research idea (in English)
- Your curriculum vitae (in English)
- Copies of your university degrees and academic transcripts (in English, Dutch, Spanish or Portuguese)
- Your bachelor or master thesis

Applicants without a Master’s degree in the social sciences or humanities and those applying directly from their Bachelor’s should also include a brief research proposal. Please find the guidelines for this proposal here. When in doubt whether you are expected to hand in a research proposal, please contact the education secretariat.

Admission is based on the acceptance of your application documentation and an intake interview with the programme’s coordinator at CEDLA or via Skype.

For any questions feel free to contact the education secretariat at secretariat@cedla.nl or 020 525 2521.