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Open Programme

Communication Science

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The College of Communication provides several courses as Open UvA Courses. These courses are an opportunity to learn new insights in a field of your interest. You could take one as an extra training or refresher course, or perhaps as a taster for a full degree programme.

For further information about the range of Open UvA Courses, go to the UvA Course Catalogue. Then proceed as follows: click on 'Course' and then filter on ‘open UvA course’ and the institute 'College of Communication’. Most classes take place in the morning or afternoon (see


The fee is €75 per ECTS credit, including examinations. Reading material, travel expenses etc. are not included in the course fee.


Cancellation is only possible before a lecture series starts. Following receipt of a written cancellation request the College will refund your application fee, less €50 administrative costs, as soon as possible.

If you do not get a place for a lecture series you have applied for, your application fee will be refunded in full.

Assessment format and credit conversion

A course usually comprises 6 or 12 ECTS credits. One ECTS credit is equivalent to a study load of 28 hours. That includes attending lectures and tutorials, self-study and preparing for lectures and examinations. At the College of Communication you may take Open UvA Courses comprising a maximum total of 24 ECTS credits per year.

At the end of a lecture series you may sit an examination but that is not compulsory. You are entitled to one resit. You will be awarded a certificate for any examination you pass. Proof of participation will also be provided on request.

Admission and application

The College of Communication's Open UvA Courses are open to students from the EU/EER countries and Switzerland. The courses are part of the regular Bachelor's degree programme and your level of prior knowledge should therefore be comparable to that of other students. The entry requirements may vary for each course. Participation in the lecture series is subject to approval by the appropriate academic study adviser.


If you wish to register for one of the Open UvA Courses provided by the College of Communication, please complete the online registration form. You are also requested to attach the following documents:

  • a copy of your passport;
  • a certified copy of degree certificates you have already obtained.

Registration deadline: 2 months prior to the start date of the Open UvA course.

For more information, please contact the Communication Science Education Desk:

T: +31 (0)20 525 3003

Facts & Figures
Mode Short-term, open uva courses, module
Language of instruction Dutch, English
Conditions for admission Open
Starts in January, February, April, June, September, October