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Bachelor in History - History and International Studies

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
September 2020
Application deadline: 01 May 2020
2,143 EUR excl. VAT

Program description

Bachelor in History and Literary Studies - 3-year Program

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.

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

The cost of this program for students of EU/EEA countries is €2,060.


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

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Welcome to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (‘VU Amsterdam’) is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 170 English-taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to more than 24,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff...

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
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