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Master Latin American Studies Programme (MLAS)

EXTENDED DEADLINE for EEA students who do not need student housing:  1 July

In the advanced Master's in Latin American Studies you will study social transformations through a multi-disciplinary lens, including a broad range of social science disciplines. You will design your own research plan, do field research in this exciting region and become a critical academic. The Master's in Latin American Studies is research-driven, small-scale and internationally oriented.


¿Buscas un programa asequible para desarrollar tu investigación académica sobre Latinoamérica? ¡Ven a CEDLA, la pequeña América Latina en Ámsterdam!


El programa avanzado de Maestría en Estudios Latinoamericanos (MLAS) de la Universidad de Ámsterdam cuesta 3000 euros al año y te ayudará a generar un pensamiento crítico sobre la región, y elaborar planes de investigación social y académicamente que te permitan un trabajo de campo exitoso en América Latina. A través de una lente interdisciplinaria, aprenderás sobre las transformaciones sociales, mientras diseñas tu propio proyecto en esta dinámica región. Todos los estudiantes del programa de maestría serán elegibles para una beca de investigación de 1000 euros para cubrir parte de los costos de su trabajo de campo. Además puedes aplicar a una beca adicional, disponible para estudiantes afiliados a uno de nuestros proyectos de investigación MLAS. Nuestra matrícula reducida nos permite generar un espacio único de intercambio Global Norte-Sur, donde capacitar tus habilidades académicas en Europa para aplicarlas en América Latina. ¡Este puede ser tu año para vivir en dos lugares emocionantes a través de crear un proyecto académico de investigación! Inscripciones abiertas hasta el 1 de abril. +INFO



You will delve into the most recent developments in the region and learn about topics like the new wave of economic, social and political crises that deepen inequality, insecurity and unsustainability. On the other hand you will also discuss innovative practices by indigenous and other social movements in rural and urban spaces that offer new hopes for social transformations in Latin America. The Master's in Latin American Studies provides a solid foundation for a career in research or academia, with civil society agencies, governmental and non-governmental organisations, and at research institutions both in the Netherlands and abroad. In addition, the Master's in Latin American Studies degree has proven to serve as a good starting point for pursuing a PhD. +INFO

Following the guidelines of the Dutch government, the tuition fee & the CEDLA fieldwork grant for the Advanced Master’s in Latin American Studies will be reduced by 50% for all students. The tuition fee for 2023-24 will be 1500 euros and all students will be eligible for a 500 euro grant during the programme. 

The application deadlines are as follows:

  • 1 April 2023: EEA and non-EEA students who wish to apply for student housing.

  • 1 May 2023: Non-EEA students who need an entry/student visa for the Netherlands but do not wish to apply for student housing.

  • 1 July 2023: EEA students who do not need student housing.

Studying at CEDLA

CEDLA is considered to be one of Europe’s leading Latin American Studies institutes. Its staff members are experienced researchers and qualified teachers. CEDLA has a large library with a unique collection. Facilities such as student work stations, internet and computer access, and lecture rooms are excellent. CEDLA is pivotal to the Latin American Studies community in the Netherlands. It publishes an academic journal (ERLACS), organises monthly lectures, dialogues, and many other events. It also houses the Netherlands Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (NALACS) and the Latin American Studies Programme (LASP).



Here you can find examples of MLAS final theses. These theses represent many topics and different realities in Latin America. The programme provides you with critical knowledge, academic skills and an in-depth understanding of the academic literature. You are trained to become a social science researcher who is able to conduct research out in the field, in Latin America, and whose research will contribute to our knowledge of currents trends in that area.


In this video, teachers and students of the Master’s Latin American Studies share their experiences with the study programme at the University of Amsterdam.



In this video Riya will tell you more about the Master's Latin American Studies and why she chose this Master.


All students of the Master’s programme will be eligible for a research grant (1000 euros) to cover part of their fieldwork costs, but an additional scholarship may be available for those interested in joining one of the MLAS-affiliated research projects. With a small tuition fee of 3000 euros per year the Master’s programme provides a unique opportunity to have a Global North-South experience at a cost-effective way by training your academic skills in Amsterdam and applying them in Latin America!    

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