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BA Religious Studies

University of Groningen
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

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BA Religious Studies

How do religions come into being? How do they affect people and societies? What role does religion play in various cultures and conflicts?

Most cultures are profoundly shaped by religious phenomena. Of the seven billion people on Earth, six billion call themselves religious. Religion does not occur in isolation it connects with people's daily behaviour, economically, politically, socially, and psychologically. Wherever there are people, there is religion, always and everywhere.

Religion is one of the forces driving humankind, which is why knowledge of religion is so important. The central question you will learn to ask yourself is not to what extent religions are 'TRUE', but how religion affects people's lives and what people do with it. The interaction between religion, culture, and society is the main focus of this bachelor's program.

In this Bachelor's program, you will:

  • Deepen your knowledge of various aspects of the major religions in the world (Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity and Judaism)
  • Use different perspectives to analyse religious expressions – texts, rituals and visual art – and place them in their cultural context
  • Gain knowledge on concepts underpinning and shaping the relationship between religion and politics from ancient times through to the present day

Why Groningen?

  • Best BA Religious Studies program in The Netherlands
  • Top 100 university
  • Interdisciplinary program, taught entirely in English
  • Staff is internationally recognized for high quality of research
  • International staff and international classroom
  • Small classes with intensive supervision
  • program relates latest research and theories to current developments
  • Located in historic building in the city centre of Groningen
  • Groningen is a vibrant yet safe place to live

If you complete a follow-on Master's Degree after your Bachelor's Degree, you increase your chances on the job market. If you choose to pursue a Master's program at the university, you will do a placement at an organization, institute or company that is involved in religion and culture.

Job profiles

  • Care (Spiritual carer at a care instiTuition, independent therapist)
  • Policy & Management (policy officer / advisor with a government instiTuition, cultural instiTuitionor political party, staff member/advisor for an aid organization, embassy staff, security advisor to the military, etc.)
  • Education (religious studies teacher in secondary school, education officer)
  • Academia (researcher at a university or research institute.)
  • Church (minister or pastoral worker)
  • Media (journalist, editor)

In addition, a significant number of our graduates are self-employed in one of these sectors.

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Admission requirements

Students wishing to study the BA Religious Studies at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands should meet the following requirements:

  • Dutch VWO diploma, a German Abitur, an International Baccalaureate diploma, a European Baccalaureate or another diploma that is sufficient for acceptance to a Dutch university
  • Language requirements: IELTS: 6.0 (6.0 on each part) TOEFL iBT 60 (minimum 18 speaking, 21 writing) (not for native speakers)
  • Application deadline (without scholarship request): 1 May

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  • Tuition fees for EU/EEA Students: € 2,209 per year
  • Tuition fees for Non-EU/EEA Students: € 10,189 per year

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University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands, founded in 1614 and it ranks amongst the top 100 universities in the world. We are a research-intensive institution offering a wide range of highly regarded bachelor, master...

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Why study at University of Groningen

We're a Top 100 University

Study at one of the world’s leading universities. Learn from the best and take advantage of exciting research opportunities. Live in a vibrant city where over a quarter of the population are students. Whatever you’re seeking from your university experience, you’ll find it in Groningen. With over 45 world-class Bachelor’s programmes and 160 highly-ranked Master’s programmes, we have a field of study for you.

Our groundbreaking research

As a student, you will be actively involved in research at one of Europe’s top research institutions from the get-go. The University of Groningen carries out ground-breaking and socially-relevant research that builds bridges between disciplines and closes the gap between science and society.

400 years of reputation

The University of Groningen is the second oldest university in the Netherlands and has built a reputation for excellence. Many talented people have passed through the university during its rich 400-year history, including Nobel Prize winners like Ben Feringa (Chemistry, 2016) and Frits Zernike (Physics, 1953). Some have been pioneers in their respective fields, such as the first female University student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Bank.

Vibrant Student Life

While its history can be traced back to 300 BC, today Groningen is a vibrant student city with the youngest population in the Netherlands – one in four people here is a student! That means there’s always something to do, with various art and music festivals, theatres, cinemas and performance venues catering to all tastes, whether you prefer to watch or want to join in. In Groningen, you’ll see students everywhere: studying in the pretty Noorderplantsoen park, working various part-time jobs and partying the night away.

Global Community

The University of Groningen attracts a large international community! Our Erasmus Student Network (ESN) conveniently facilitates all international students in Groningen and organizes over 150 activities a year. The University of Groningen has strong international connections which means that you can easily spend part of your degree studying abroad. The University also offers several unique international Master’s degree programmes in cooperation with other large European universities.

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University of Groningen

Broerstraat 5
9712 GL Groningen
The Netherlands

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