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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.

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.

Is European Studies right for you?

  • You are interested in the history, culture, politics, economics and law of contemporary Europe.
  • You would like to pursue a career at a European institution, your national government, an international or non-governmental organisation or in international business.
  • You want to learn and be able to communicate in a new European language.
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Why study European Studies at the UvA?

  • A world-class education: the University of Amsterdam is ranked one of the highest in the Netherlands and 64th overall in the QS World University Rankings 2020 and 1st in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021.
  • Amsterdam is a European cultural hub with a vibrant, creative and diverse international community.
  • 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.
  • A choice of five focused majors: specialise in European Literature and Culture, European History, East European Studies, European Law, or European Economics.
  • The chance to master a foreign language: You can choose one of our European languages.
  • After completing your Bachelor's, you can apply to one of the UvA's many Master's programmes.

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
Mode Full-time
Credits 180 ECTS, 36 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 56051