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European Studies

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What is your take on Europe? Study contemporary Europe in all of its historical and cultural diversity. This three-year Bachelor's programme provides you with the knowledge and skills necessary to engage Europe’s complex present and future.

Europe: The bigger picture

Europe is a continent with a long and turbulent history of cultural, political and economic exchange. The Bachelor’s in European Studies provides you with an overview of the politics, economics and law of the European Union (EU), while also introducing you to Europe’s history, literature and culture.

Taught in English, the programme offers a broad perspective crucial to making sense of the challenges facing Europe today. It equips you with the knowledge and skills to address contemporary European issues such as the Eurozone crisis, the challenges of multicultural societies, and the role of the EU in, for instance, its relations with post-socialist states.

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UvA Bachelor's programme in European Studies explained

Find out in 4 minutes what the European Studies programme is about and why you should study it at the University of Amsterdam.

220 first year students

International classroom

Choose your interest

Five specialisations

Europe from a broad perspective


Choose from more than 10 languages

Learn a modern language

Why study European Studies at the UvA?

  • A world-class education
    The UvA is ranked 58th in the 2023 QS World Rankings, the highest ranked university in the Netherlands and is one of two Dutch universities in the top 100, and 21st overall and 2nd in Continental Europe in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022: Arts & Humanities, and 23rd overall and 2nd in Continental Europe in Social Sciences & Management.
  • Ideal study environment
    Amsterdam is a European cultural hub with a vibrant, creative and diverse international community.
  • Choose your interest
    The programme of the second and third years allow you to specialise in your area of interest. A choice of five focused majors: specialise in European Literature and Culture, European History, East European Studies, European Law, or European Economics.
  • Historical and current issues
    You will study the politics, law and economics of the European Union, as well as the historical, cultural and literary roots of today’s Europe.
  • Master a modern European language
    The chance to master a foreign language: You can choose one of our European languages.
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Wouter Zweers, alumnus Bachelor’s in European Studies
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I have gained substantive knowledge during both my Bachelor's and Master's that still comes in handy, for example about the functioning of the EU and the history of European integration. Wouter Zweers, alumnus European Studies Read the interview

After graduation

European Studies lead to much more than one particular profession. As a Europe expert, you can use your knowledge and skills in places where 'Europe' plays a role. This can be the business community, but also, for example, an organization that lobbies the European Union in Brussels for a national cultural institution or government. So you are not limited to the 'European' job market. After your Bachelor's degree in European Studies, you can also continue your studies with a Master's degree in various fields.

After your Bachelor's
European Studies Brochure

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Degree certificate

European Studies is an accredited degree programme. After completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Bachelor's degree and the title Bachelor of Arts (BA).

Facts & Figures
Degree programme BA European Studies
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 180 ECTS, 36 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 56051
Location University Quarter