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Bachelor in History - History and International Studies

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Amsterdam
English

Program description

Bachelor in History - History and International Studies

History and International Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is a unique program that combines perspectives from history and the social sciences to help understand how human societies have been connected throughout history. The program offers a combination of history courses, modern language units and research skills from the fields of global history and international relations. It is taught by a highly motivated staff, strongly committed to teaching excellence and the learning experience of their students.

Learning about historical origins of global society

How has democracy become a global standard while other modes of government are considered ‘deviations’? How did decolonization influence the relationship between Europe and Asia? What are the historical origins of global inequality and climate change? History and International Studies is an excellent choice for students interested in learning about the historical origins of global society from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Courses discuss the history of Europe and the world from antiquity to the present. Students also choose from four tracks: Politics & Economy; Migration & Ethnicity; Culture & Religion; Heritage & Memory. In addition,students choose a modern language, learn about different approaches from the fields of international relations and global history and are trained in academic skills. In year 3, students can also study a semester abroad, take an internship or choose a minor.

The program in a nutshell

History and International Studies is a three-year BA program. It starts with a broad-based first year that covers the history from antiquity until the present, followed by a year in which students choose a specialization, and finishes with a thesis on a subject of one’s choice in Year 3.

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Admission requirements

Candidates with a non-Dutch pre-university school diploma:

  1. A diploma equivalent to a Dutch VWO diploma
  2. Proof of sufficient proficiency in English

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Tuition fees

  • Tuition fee for EU: € 1,084
  • Tuition fee for NON-EU/EEA: € 7,786

Qualification

On completion of this program, students will receive a Bachelor in History - History and International Studies.

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Welcome to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (‘VU Amsterdam’) is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 175 English-taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to more than 26,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff...


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Why study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

With more than 24,000 students, of which 4,088 are international, VU Amsterdam conducts cutting-edge research into problems of societal and scientific importance.

They distinguish themselves in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes:

  • Human Health and Life Sciences
  • Science for Sustainability
  • Connected World
  • Governance for Society

As a student this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, and to seek for tangible solutions for a better world.

In addition, VU Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.

The Dutch higher education system has been ranked in the top 10 by Universitas 21. In the first Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking, VU Amsterdam is ranked 16th worldwide. In this ranking, universities are assessed based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to measure the impact of the universities on society. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 (Shanghai Ranking) VU Amsterdam holds the 104th position. The international QS World University ranking 2021 places the Vrije Universiteit at number 236 in the world, which means the Vrije Universiteit belongs to the top 20% of the world.

At VU Amsterdam, the teaching style can be described as student-centred: they encourage students to develop their own opinions through independent and creative thinking. This means that teaching is mainly conducted in small tutorials, where interactivity is the norm rather than the exception. At every opportunity, students are encouraged to engage in constructive dialogue with their professors.

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
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