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B.A. On Campus


Utrecht University

36 months
10410 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
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Why should we be concerned with the past? After all, aren't we living in the here and now? In the History programme at Utrecht University you will learn that historical studies are not just about the past, but are also about the present: you will use your historical knowledge to understand contemporary events.

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You will study history based on all kinds of sources: from original letters to coins and inscriptions and from diplomatic treaties to propaganda images. You will collect and evaluate evidence, which you will then analyse and interpret. These are highly transferable skills.

At Utrecht University we also think that it’s important to put everything into perspective. This means that several - sometimes contradictory - views of the past play a central role.

Is History for You?

From day one, you follow the programme in English: all the compulsory courses and lectures are taught in English and you will also present your ideas and write your assignments and exams in English. Besides that, you have a broad range of interests and are also ready to dig deep. 

A history student is extremely curious, but you’re not just looking for answers. You want to ask questions and become involved in the social debate. Does this appeal to you? In that case, our BA History programme may be just the thing for you.

Two tracks

In the first year you will become acquainted with history from antiquity to modern times. From the second year on, you obtain more in-depth knowledge of historical backgrounds and events through our History track. For students who are especially interested in International Relations, we offer an International Relations in Historical Perspective track.

Career Prospects

Wanted: Historians

After a Bachelor's most students go on to take a follow-on Master’s programme. A Master’s allows you to work in a various fields of employment. It all depends on the direction you followed in your specialisation.

As a result of the capacity to analyse and present large amounts of complex information, historians are in demand in all kinds of policy and other roles in the public and private sectors. 

Depending on the choice of a specific Master’s programme, you will also be qualified for employment in special working environments, such as international organisations, museums, archives and academic institutions for instance. But journalism and education should also be considered.

Opportunities in the job market

Of the recently graduated university graduates who took a History degree, 78% of those who earned a Master's were in employment within a year and a half of completing their degree programme.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Modern History
  • Contemporary History
  • World Cultures
  • Ancient History
  • Medieval History
  • Big questions, Big data

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • In the Netherlands, only the Dutch VWO diploma gives direct access to a university education. If you hold a foreign secondary school diploma, the Admissions Office will need to determine whether you can be admitted to the University. In this case, they will verify if your diploma is considered equivalent to a Dutch vwo diploma.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    10410 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10410 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2168 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee, full-time): € 2,168
  • Institutional fee: € 9,090 (EU/EEA), € 10,410 (non-EU/EEA)

Living costs for Utrecht

900 - 1450 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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