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International Bachelor Arts and Culture Studies

Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication
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About this program

International Bachelor Arts and Culture Studies

If you are driven by an academic curiosity about the arts, creative industries or economics; if you want to develop original and well-founded ideas about how to produce, sustain and disseminate culture; and if you are willing to share your knowledge and experience with your fellow international students, then the International Bachelor Arts and Culture Studies is the programme for you.

As an IBACS student, you approach art and culture from different angles, such as sociology and economy. This helps you to answer questions such as 'How has the Internet affected the distribution of art?', 'When do we call something 'kitsch'?' or 'How do cultural policies come into being?' Besides building a theoretical foundation, you will also put your broad knowledge about the arts and culture into practice during the compulsory internship.

The IBACS programme is connected to many cultural institutions in and outside of Rotterdam: your future professional network. And did you know that you can also combine IBACS with a programme at the Willem de Kooning Academy or Codarts? The Double Degree RASLOpens external is perfect for those who want to simultaneously practice and study the arts.

Admission requirements

  • Whether or not your diploma and/or language test report are at the required level, will be determined by the Admissions Office of Erasmus University Rotterdam. No rights can be derived from the overview below.
  • You can complete and submit your application even when you have not yet obtained your diploma and/or proof of English proficiency.

For more information about admission requirements, please refer to the institute website.

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The full tuition price for local/EU students is 2,209 EUR. The price for International/Non-EU students is 6,800 EUR.

Program content

The International Bachelor Arts and Culture Studies offers you this opportunity. In many respects, the arts and culture sector can be called dynamic. In this world, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship are key concepts. These characteristics do not only apply to artists, they are also increasingly essential for you, the future arts and culture specialist that engages with art and culture behind the scenes.

The way arts and culture function in society, plays a central role in IBACS. Therefore, in the programme, significant attention is given to social developments, both past and present. Graduates are therefore not only specialists, they are also professionals who understand what is going on in contemporary societies.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.

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About this institute

Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication

The Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC) is one of the schools of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. ESHCC hosts the departments of History, Arts and Culture Studies, and Media & Communication. ESHCC offers high-quality education, based on academic...

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Why study at Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication

Besides guaranteeing a high quality study programme and an internationally recognised degree, Erasmus university offers you a good time. It’s safe and everything is close by. After a few weeks, you’ll be doing everything by bike, eating sandwiches for lunch and saying ‘gezellig’ (try to pronounce that typical Dutch word!) when you’re meeting your friends. You’re welcome in the Netherlands!

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Eeske Kuipers
When deciding on where to go after high school I looked at which experiences of high school I had enjoyed most. These were my art, art history, and Spanish classes, as well as the trips abroad. Slightly scared to admit it, I knew my future would lie in the art world. Creating, designing, and drawing had always been my passion, so initially I tur...
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Hui Shan Zhou
As the city of Rotterdam is known for being very international, it only added another favor to come to Erasmus University. The international atmosphere facilitates the adaptation process by a great amount and proves to be helpful when getting used to the city. Due to the fact that most people are coming from all around the world, there is no pla...
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Paula Cidraque Mayné
As a teen, I realized how much I enjoyed visual art, both the creation and appreciation of such in my free time. Therefore, I looked for a study which gave me the opportunity to study academically the art world and put it into practice as well. Additionally, I wanted to meet people who would like to be involved in similar activities as me, as we...
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Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 Rotterdam

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