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Application for September enrolment in the English-taught Bachelor's programme PPLE closed on 1 March. In the last week the total number of applications rose to over 950, with only 200 places available.

Better informed candidates

Since the programme started in 2014 there have been constant adjustments to provide clear information on the application procedure and to make it more user-friendly. Thanks to these efforts, candidates are noticeably better informed of the entry requirements and PPLE has received more applications from candidates who generously meet the requirements. As a result, the selection for the available 200 places is more competitive this year, not only due to the higher quantity of applications, but also due to the higher quality of applications. In other words, potential students will have to show better results than in previous years to stand a chance to be accepted.

Two rounds of admissions

The admissions procedure for PPLE consists of two application rounds, preceded by a fast track procedure. Candidates in the fast track have already graduated from high school and have decided to work or volunteer for a year. Because their documentation is readily available, the admissions office can decide quickly on their admissibility and potential to be selected. This year 16 'fast track applicants' were invited to enrol.

Then there is an early bird application round, with a deadline on 1 December, for candidates who have known for a long time that PPLE is their first choice and who want to learn early on whether they are part of the selection and can start looking for accommodation in Amsterdam. Around 250 candidates applied early; selected candidates were informed in February.

In the regular application round another 650 applications came in. Most candidates by far applied in the very last week. In earlier years, the majority of applications came in during the early bird application round.