36 months
8980 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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Immerse yourself in familiar and unknown worlds with this Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

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Why are some Dutch voters attracted to populist parties? How does climate change affect the lives of people in Bangladesh? What is really behind debates about controversial statues and street names?

During the bachelor's programme in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam , you learn to understand the world by seeing it through other people’s eyes. 

During the bachelor’s programme in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at VU Amsterdam, you will study universal topics such as migration, globalisation, inequality and religion.

You have graduated as an anthropologist, and then what? 

After the bachelor’s programme in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, most students decide to continue their education or you can also start working in a variety of jobs.

During your studies, you have learned to understand the complex world of today. You know how to map out, research and understand the differences and similarities among people. With your strong analytical abilities and moral compass, you are therefore attractive to organisations in both the public and private sectors. 

You have learned to place small details within the bigger picture and know how to bring attention to your findings. You are therefore good at describing and supporting your conclusions. Therefore, a career as a journalist or policy advisor, for example, is a good fit with the bachelor's programme in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Academic Skills Lab
  • Core Themes in Anthropology
  • History and Theory of Anthropology
  • Social Research Methodology
  • Etnographic Monographs
  • Challenges of the 21st Century
  • Descriptive and Inferential Statistics
  • Research Lab Anthropology

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

  • A diploma equivalent to the Dutch pre-university VWO diploma
  • Proof of sufficient proficiency in Mathematics
  • Transcript of records; a transcript in English of the grades obtained over the final two years of your high school and any further education up to the moment of your application. IB and A-level applicants are asked to upload their predicted grades.
  • A scan of your diploma (if you have already graduated).
  • Curriculum Vitae; the curriculum vitae should include your personal details and list your previous education and relevant work experience (± 1-2 pages).
  • English language test results (if already obtained).
  • Copy of valid passport or ID (ID for EEA students only).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    8980 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 8980 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 36 months.

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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