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Liberal Arts and Sciences, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #61 (QS) Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam University College (AUC) offers a Liberal Arts and Sciences programme, leading to a joint Bachelor’s (Honours) degree issued by the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam. 
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Do you have broad interests, enjoy discussions and debates, like to be challenged and feel at home in an international environment? AUC offers a Bachelor (Honours) degree programme in the Liberal Arts and Sciences, taught in English, and open to both Dutch and international students. 

As a student at AUC, you will learn to analyse complex issues from different perspectives by drawing on various academic fields of knowledge. Discussions start with the ‘big questions’ in science and society and lead to in-depth study in a wide range of academic disciplines.  


AUC graduates are well-prepared to continue their studies at the Master’s or PhD level at major universities in the Netherlands and abroad, or to pursue a career at renowned corporate or public organisations. AUC alumni have gone on to study at prestigious institutions and programmes all around the world, including the University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, Columbia University and, of course, our parent institutions the University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Upon graduating, other alumni have chosen to enter the work force at internationally known companies, research institutes and organisations. Our graduates are highly sought after as they combine a high level of academic knowledge with the ability to solve problems, contribute to debates, and exhibit an awareness of the social, cultural and personal perspectives that equip them for success, leadership and global citizenship.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Academic Writing Skills
  • Logic, Information, Argumentation
  • The Global Identity Experience
  • Advanced Research Writing
  • One Big Questions course
  • Two consecutive levels of a single foreign language
  • Community Project or Internship

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

AUC admits a maximum of 300 students per year. Students from all around the world are encouraged to apply. In principle, all those who have completed a secondary school diploma that is considered equivalent to a Dutch VWO diploma can be considered for admission. However, please note that admissions are competitive and the following criteria play an important role:

  • Academic excellence, both in terms of grades and motivation
  • High levels of proficiency in English and mathematics
  • Ambition to follow an intensive and broad liberal arts and sciences programme
  • Commitment to contribute to AUC’s international student body and campus life

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12110 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12110 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4435 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4435 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Amsterdam

  • 1000 - 1500 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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