Experience Days: 27 November - 8 December 2023Take a deep dive into your future programme and discover if the Bachelor's that you have in mind really is the best fit for you. Participate in an actual lecture with other prospective students and get a taste of the UvA and your specific programme of interest.
Did you miss our information session during the UvA Bachelor's Week? Or would you like to review the presentation at your own pace?
Want to check if this Bachelor’s is your perfect match? Become a student for a day by joining a current student in an actual lecture. Ask your questions and experience what it’s like to study at the UvA.
Study adviser Inge Velthuijs and student Rimmert Riedstra talk about what makes the programme unique.
Study adviser Inge Velthuijs informs you about the curriculum and future prospects.
Lecturer Margriet van Heesch introduces you to the world of romantic love from a sociological perspective.
Our freshman Lucy tells you what it is like to study Sociology at the University of Amsterdam.
Want to see where you will be studying? Explore the campus in our virtual map, or plan a visit and experience it yourself using the interactive app.
What will I learn in this programme?
The Bachelor's degree in Sociology is a three-year full-time programme. You will learn to contribute to solutions to social problems by interviewing target groups, observing and analysing texts. With this knowledge, you will develop sociological skills. You will be well prepared for the future in topics such as; migration, inequality, sexuality, discrimination, healthcare, the labour market, education, urban problems, globalisation and for moving on to our Master's.
What does an average week look like?
On average, you will have 12 contact hours per week. This means that you have 12 hours per week of classes on campus. These classes may be lectures or tutorial meetings. However, the program is full-time, and the total course load amounts to 40 hours per week. So this means that the remaining 28 hours are spent on self-study. For example: reading literature prior to a lecture, preparing a presentation or working on (group) assignments.
What is the difference between Anthropology and Sociology?
Sociologists use both qualitative and quantitative methods. So during the programme of sociology, you will also learn how to use statistical analysis software to analyze quantitative data sets for sociological research.
Anthropologists are specialised in using ethnography as a method (which is a qualitative research method).
The programmes do have content overlap. By carefully reading the course catalogue web pages of both programmes, and seeing what courses are offered within the programmes, you can find out which programme suits you best.
How many fellow students should I expect in the first year?
About 200 students start each year, slightly more than half of whom are international students.
What’s it like to study in an international classroom?
The bachelor's Sociology is offered in Dutch and in English. The programme of both bachelors is the same, but in the English track you study together with students from all over the world (and sometimes also with Dutch students if they do the English track). If you speak the language, you can also opt for Dutch tutorial groups. Whatever language you study in, the lectures are always in English.
International classrooms broaden horizons, improve intercultural skills and also create an international network. So it prepares you well for living and working in a globalising world.
What characterises the programme of Sociology at the UvA compared to other Dutch universities?
We are the largest Sociology department in The Netherlands. In comparison to other Dutch Sociology programmes, we have the biggest and broadest programme. We teach diverse research methodologies (quantitative and qualitative). The UvA is a big university with a lot of options to specialise. The university is central in the city and has a very beautiful and large campus. Amsterdam is a great (but quite expensive) city to live in and most people in The Netherlands speak English very well.
How difficult is this programme?
It is, of course, exciting to start a new programme. Perhaps also stressful. The curriculum takes into account the learning curve of students. This means that you are not immediately thrown into the deep end, but are supported in developing academic skills. For example, during the first year you have your own mentor who also guides you during the tutorial groups.
What careers are possible with a degree in Sociology?
Sociologists are specialists in studying society and successfully addressing current social problems. Graduates have a wide range of skills that employers look for in various professions. Your career path depends partly on the electives you take during your Bachelor's and on your choice of a Master's programme. See our list of employers for a extensive overview of professions where you can work after graduation and check the website After graduation (Sociology).
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