• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
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Overview

History and International Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 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. How has democracy become a global standard while other types 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 our global society from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Courses discuss the history of Europe and the world from antiquity to the present. Students also choose electives, organized around different themes such as Politics & Economy; Migration & Ethnicity; Culture & Religion or Heritage & Memory. 

In addition, students can take courses in modern languages, learn about different approaches from the fields of international relations and global history, and are trained in academic skills. In Year 3, students can study a semester abroad, take an internship or choose a minor.

Career prospects

  • A Bachelor's degree in History and International Studies provides a foundation for a Master's degree programme in History and Heritage Studies.
  • A career in education, research, at NGO’s and international organizations, museums, heritage foundations and media.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Ancient History
  • European History 
  • Academic skills for historians
  • World History  
  • Key Texts in History and International Studies 
  • European History 1800-present 
  • Academic English
  • Current Debates in Global History

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    92

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  • Minimum required score:

    580

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General Requirements

  • Applicants who do not meet this criterion may be asked to sit (an) entry exam(s) to prove they are eligible for admission. 
  • yAlthough complete applications are preferred, you can begin your application before you have completed the test and then submit your passing score once you have been conditionally admitted. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8796 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8796 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Amsterdam

  • 1000 - 1500 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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