In this programme you are introduced to a number of mandatory subjects, including the study of a modern language. You will choose a major that will provide the basis for further specialisation in European Studies. Alongside the core programme, you may choose from a range of electives or opt for a minor. You can also decide to study abroad for a semester or do an internship.
See this recording of our November 2023 live session, in which the European Studies Bachelor's programme is illustrated in detail.
The first year of the programme serves as an introduction to European Studies. The courses will offer an overview of the entire discipline. You will:
In the second year, your course selection will be devoted to your major. In the third year of the programme, you can tailor your own curriculum. You will:
Which sort of courses will you take? What does a typical week look like? Is this programme the right fit for you? Find out more in this video.
Please note: This is the course overview of the shared first year of the Bachelor's programme in European Studies. View the UvA Course Catalogue for the programmes of the specialisations in the second and third year.
Next to your regular courses and your specialisation, you will also have 30 ECTS worth of space to fill by doing electives, a minor, an internship or by studying abroad.
In theory, any course can be taken as an elective, from courses offered by the Faculty of Humanities to those offered by other faculties or even other universities. Most programmes offer separate electives.
A minor is a cohesive teaching programme that consists of 30 ECTS. Doing a minor is not mandatory. However, it may be a good way to prepare for a Master’s programme or for a certain profession.
The programme allows for you to do an internship and/or to study abroad for a period of time.
You can enrich your study programme as well as your CV by doing an internship. This will allow you to gain experience at an organisation in the field of Ancient Studies and gives you an impression of the job opportunities they offer.
The UvA is closely involved with international programmes involved with cooperation and exchange within Europe, the United States and Canada. This gives you the opportunity to study abroad for a period of time.
Would you like to be challenged even more? You can choose to do two Bachelor’s degrees or follow the Honours programme.
The Faculty of Humanities offers the possibility to obtain a degree from two different Bachelor's programmes. By means of exemptions you can obtain two degrees with a reduced effective workload. The double Bachelor's is intended for motivated students who are looking for an extra challenge and/or a broader perspective during their studies.
Highly-motivated students may qualify to take part in a selective Honours programme. This programme accounts for an additional 30 ECTS and will help familiarise you with various other aspects of academic research and prepare you for a subsequent Research Master's degree.
European Studies is a three-year Bachelor’s degree of 180 ECTS credits. An academic year accounts for 60 credits that are spread across two semesters, with each comprising two 8-week blocks and a 4-week block. As a Bachelor’s student, you are expected to spend an average of 42 hours a week on your studies.
The Bachelor's programme European Studies forms part of the broad label European Studies. The quality of this programme has been positively accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that after successful completion of the programme you will receive a recognised Bachelor’s degree in European Studies and the title Bachelor of Arts (BA).
You study together with students from all over Europe (and sometimes beyond). So, you immediately hear how your fellow students with a different background view things. And this often leads to very interesting discussions. You not only study Europe, but experience what it is like to be active in a European context. This means that you learn from each other and you gain important intercultural skills unnoticed.
Part of this programme is learning a foreign language. In addition, you study in a multilingual community of students - even if you study the Dutch-taught track. Furthermore, a significant proportion of our students come from the rest of Europe or beyond. Finally, a large proportion of our students move into Europe, on Erasmus, or beyond Global Exchange. All these things together show what we stand for: looking beyond borders, learning to place local issues in a broader geographic and historical perspective, being able to think and work intercultural.
Yes. You can choose from almost 20 different languages, namely: Arabic, Catalan, Danish, German, English, French, Hebrew, Italian, Modern Greek, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Spanish, Czech, Swedish or Turkish.
Amsterdam is a global village, and above all a European village: multilingualism is rampant here. During various courses, our study programme also seeks contact and cooperation with the city.