Master’s application procedure - International previous education

In order to apply 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, creating an enrolment application in Studielink, then uploading documents in OSIRIS Application.


  1. Step 1: Create 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 created an enrolment application in Studielink, you will receive an email with personal login details for OSIRIS Application. You have a maximum of 56 days or until the application deadline to upload your documents and submit a complete application. After this period, if you have not submitted your application, it will be automatically cancelled.

    You will be asked to upload the following documents:

    • Bachelor’s diploma or equivalent

    In Osiris Application, list the full, official name of the diploma that you have or will receive. Use the language and name in which the diploma is issued. If you have graduated, we require you to upload your diploma.

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

    If you have not obtained your degree, upload the list of grades received so far. If you have obtained your degree, upload your full and complete transcript of grades. Also, upload the description of the grading scale on the overleaf page of your transcript (if applicable).

    If you have already graduated from your previous education and are currently still studying please upload transcripts and diplomas from all degrees (post-secondary school).

    • Sworn translations of diploma and transcript

    Translations need to be made by an officially recognised translator. Official 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, 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, 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 example below in downloads. Be sure to include information about research courses, practical work and a 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 a 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 Masters programme and you will be asked to upload them to your 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 permitted 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 must pay a handling fee before their application can be processed. Visit the Handling Fee website for full details and how to pay.

    • Nuffic Certificate (Chinese students only)

    Chinese students are required to apply for a Nuffic Certificate regardless of the level and location of their previous education. The certificate is not required for the application, but if you are admitted to the programme, you will need this certificate by 1 June for the visa procedure. Find more information about it on the  Study in Holland websites.

  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 are unconditionally admitted
    2. You are admitted under certain conditions. There are conditions that you must first meet in order to enroll.
    3. You will not be admitted. Your application in Studielink will be withdrawn.

    You will receive the outcome via the email address you entered in Studielink.

    Have you been admitted to the Master's?

    Congratulations! Then go to the enrolment procedure and follow the steps to enrol. 


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