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European Studies

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Explore the dynamics of Europe through an interdisciplinary lens. You will learn about culture, history, economics, politics, law and international relations. Acquire the knowledge and skills to become a European professional. What is your take on Europe?

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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Students' perspectives

What's student life like at European Studies? What’s it like to be a European Studies student? Three current students share their view on the programme.

Up to 300 first year students

International classroom

Five specialisations

Europe from a broad perspective

15+ languages to choose from

Learn a new language

1st in the Netherlands, 58th in the world

Highly ranked University

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. The UvA also ranks 60th on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022-2023.
  • Ideal study environment
    Amsterdam is a European cultural hub with a vibrant, creative and diverse international community. You will study in the very heart of Amsterdam, as the faculty's buildings are located in the city centre.
  • Choose your interest
    The programme of the second and third years allow you to specialise in your area of interest, with 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.
  • Study a modern language as part of the programme
    Unique to European Studies at the UvA is the chance to master a foreign language, with more than 10 different languages to choose from.
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Bachelor's programme in European Studies explained

Learn more about what the Bachelor's in European Studies is and what aspects you will learn during this 3-year programme.

Wouter Zweers, alumnus Bachelor’s in European Studies
Copyright: Wouter Zweers
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

What are my options after graduation?

European Studies leads 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 an organization that lobbies at 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 choose to continue your studies with a Master's programme in various fields.

After your Bachelor's
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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