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Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
Why are Dutch voters attracted to populist parties? How does climate change affect the lives of people in Bangladesh? How are ethnic or gender identity constructed and given meaning around the world? The Bachelor's in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam trains you to understand the world by seeing it through other people's eyes. 
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In the The Bachelor's in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you will study universal topics such as immigration, globalisation, inequality and religion as well as untangle present-day dilemmas by deepening your understanding of how different groups of people live their lives. 

As a student of this Bachelor programme you are part of an international classroom with students and teachers from various (national) backgrounds. All courses are English-taught and designed from an international perspective. 

As an anthropologist, you can find a job as a researcher at a social organisation, as a cultural specialist in the public or private sector, as a journalist, or as a policy advisor at a national or international institute. 

Are you interested in a specific issue, such as sustainability or identity? This bachelor’s programme offers you the opportunity to specialise in your area of interest. 

Are you a good fit?

  • You have an open attitude and are interested in people from backgrounds different to yours.
  • You would rather collect stories than numbers.
  • You are inquisitive by nature and are fascinated by societal developments as well as current issues. You have an idealistic personality and want to make a difference in the world.
  • You are an idealist at heart and want to make a difference in the world now and in future.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • 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

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.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • A diploma equivalent to the Dutch pre-university VWO diploma
  • Proof of sufficient proficiency in English
  • Proof of sufficient proficiency in Mathematics

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

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


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