Master’s application procedure - International previous education

You must first make sure you meet the admission requirements of the Master's programme you would like to apply for. The application procedure then consists of two steps: first, submitting an enrolment application in Studielink, then uploading documents in OSIRIS Application.


  1. Step 1: Submit an enrolment application in Studielink

    To apply for a Master’s programme, you have to create an account and an enrolment application in Studielink (the national online registration system for Dutch universities). First you will be asked to fill in your previous education, then select the programme you wish to apply for in the list that appears.

    Apply in Studielink

  2. Step 2: Upload documents in OSIRIS Application

    After you have submitted an enrolment request in Studielink, you will receive an email with personal login details for OSIRIS Application. You have 56 days to upload your documents and submit a complete application. If you have not submitted your application after this period, it will be automatically cancelled. Please note that if you apply close to the deadline, you will have fewer than 56 days.

    You will be asked to upload the following documents:

    • Scan of valid passport (personal details page only) or European ID card
    • Bachelor’s diploma or equivalent

    If you have graduated and received your diploma, you are required to upload it (signed and stamped) to your application. If you have graduated but have not received your diploma or if you have not yet graduated, you can indicate this in the application form. In OSIRIS Application, please list the full, official name of the diploma that you have or will receive. Please use the language and name in which the diploma is issued.

    • An official transcript of your Bachelor's degree or equivalent

    If you have not yet obtained your degree, upload your most recent signed and stamped transcript of records. If you have graduated, please upload your full and complete transcript of grades. Also, please upload the description of the grading scale that can usually be found at the end of your transcript (if applicable).

    • Sworn translations of diploma and transcript of grades

    Translations need to be made by a legally sworn translator. Certified translations are not required if your diploma and transcript are originally in Dutch, English or German. If your school provides English versions of your documents, please upload those along with versions of the documents in the original language.

    • Course description for unfinished courses

    If you have not yet completed your degree, please upload a list of the courses that you are currently taking or still need to take, including the course content, the number of hours, and the literature used per course; see the example below in downloads. Be sure to include information about research courses, practical work and your thesis/internship (if applicable).

    • Course description for finished courses

    Upload a list of all the courses you have taken during your degree, including the course content, the number of hours, and the literature used per course; see example below in downloads. Be sure to include information about research courses, practical work and your thesis/internship (if applicable).

    • Personal statement/motivation letter (depending on programme)

    Your personal statement should contain, at least, a brief description of why you have chosen this specific Master's programme and how it fits your previous education.

    For the motivation letter please describe your future plans and what you would like to learn and research at Radboud University. What are the topics of the research you would like to do? Please be specific about your ambitions and explain how your previous education prepared you for this specific Master's programme. This will allow us to find out if your previous education is appropriate. Last but not least, include your interest in studying at Radboud University (specific disciplines, facilities or other considerations).

    • Reference letter(s)

    Reference letters are required if you are applying for a scholarship and/or a selective Master's programme and you will be asked to upload them to OSIRIS Application. Please note; these must be signed and stamped or signed and on official letterhead.

    Reference letters are not required for non-selective programmes; however, it is still possible to upload one to your application if you wish.

    • Overview of education/experience

    Please upload an overview that contains, in chronological order, information about your education and knowledge/experience acquired during an internship, training, or work; for example, a resume.

    • English language certificate

    You are allowed to apply without a language certificate. However, if you are admitted to the programme and a language certificate is listed as a requirement in your admission email, you will be required to provide proof of proficiency before the enrolment deadline. If you can prove English proficiency through your previous education, a certificate is not required. Visit the language requirements page for full details.

    • Handling fee

    Non-EU/EEA applicants are required to pay a handling fee before their application can be processed. Visit the handling fee website for full details and how to pay.

  3. Step 3: Admission decision

    Your request for admission will then be processed. Within approximately 3 weeks after you have submitted the digital questionnaire, Student Admissions will inform you by email about the admission decision. There are three possible outcomes:

    1. You will be unconditionally admitted, which means that you can enrol in the study programme. 
    2. You will be conditionally admitted: your admission decision contains the conditions that you will need to fulfil before you will be able to enrol in the study programme.
    3. You will not be admitted: your application will then be withdrawn from Studielink. You will receive further details by email about why your application was rejected.

    The details of this outcome will be sent to the email address that you provided in Studielink.

    Have you been admitted to the Master's?

    Go to the enrolment procedure and follow the steps to enrol. 


Please contact us via admissions [at] (admissions[at]ru[dot]nl).