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Each semester the Faculty of Humanities welcomes over a hundred exchange students from her partner universities. At the Faculty of Humanities, exchange students can find a variety of courses.

Humanities in Amsterdam

The Faculty of Humanities is the largest of its kind in the Netherlands. It offers a wide range of Bachelor's and Master's programmes in art, culture, languages, history, philosophy and media studies. 

'My courses were all very interactive and my professors were all approachable. One minute, we’d be learning about Vincent van Gogh in class, the next, we’d be at the van Gogh museum seeing the paintings in person!' - exchange student from the USA.

Courses in the Humanities

The faculty offers various study options to international exchange students on bachelors level. Participation in Master's level courses is only possible if the exchange agreement allows it and if the exchange student meets the entry requirements. There are only a limited number of courses available at Master's level.

See our overview of courses

Application and entry requirements


Advanced students preparing for their final thesis can do individual research at the Faculty providing there is a bilateral agreement between the universities.

Information sheet

The Appendix below outlines our contact information, English language requirements, further requirements, academic calendar, nomination and application deadlines, academic information, and links to information about housing, visa and insurance.

Download the information sheet

Exchange agreement

The Faculty of Humanities participates in several exchange programmes, such as the Erasmus programme. The faculty does not accept free-movers nor students from universities without a bilateral agreement and is not likely to start new exchange agreements.

The first step in the application procedure is to check if there is a valid exchange agreement between your home university and the University of Amsterdam. An overview of our partner universities with student exchange destinations can be found in the Digital World Map.

Overview of partner universities

Mode Full-time
Credits 30 ECTS, Various months
Language of instruction Dutch, English
Starts in February, September