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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.

Europe: The bigger picture

A long and turbulent history shapes today's Europe and its future. European Studies approaches the challenges Europe is facing now. Addressing politics, economics and law of the EU, while also introducing Europe’s history, literature and culture. What's your take on Europe?

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Students' perspectives

What's student life like at European Studies? What’s it like being an ES student? Three current students share their view on the programme.

Up to 300 first year students

International classroom

5 specialisations

Europe from a broad perspective

1st in the Netherlands, 58th in the world

Highly ranked University

15+ languages to choose from

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Is European Studies right for you?

  1. A dynamic and international environment is where you feel at ease
    Located in the city centre of Amsterdam, you will study in a true European cultural hub and become part of a creative and diverse community.
  2. You have a dream to bring change to the world
    In which of our five majors would you like to specialise: European Culture; European History; East European Studies; European Law; or European Economics?
  3. Mastering the art of critical thinking is on your wish list
    Learn to understand the challenges Europe is facing today. Integrate the politics, law and economics of the EU with historical, cultural and literary perspectives.
  4. Learning a foreign language is amongst your ambitions
    Unique to European Studies at the UvA is that you can choose from 15+ languages to expand your language skills.
  5. A world-class education appeals to you
    The UvA is ranked 58th in the 2023 QS World University Rankings, and is the highest ranked in the Netherlands. In the QS by Subject 2022 the UvA ranks 2nd in Continental Europe in Arts & Humanities and 2nd in Social Sciences & Management. The UvA also ranks 60th on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022-2023.
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European Studies explained in two minutes

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

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?

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 organisation that lobbies at the European Union in Brussels for a national cultural institution or government. As a graduate, you will be optimally suited to meet the demand for interdisciplinary skills.

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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).

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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