• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
In the Bachelor’s programme Ancient Studies, you will dive into the fascinating world of Antiquity. The degree programme offers a lot of variation and is multi-faceted: you will learn about the origin of different religions, political systems, philosophy and about the history of spectacular cultures, such as those of the Persians, the Greeks and the Romans.
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Antiquity in perspective

In today’s world, which revolves around smartphones, apps and likes, it is useful and insightful to look back on the world of antiquity, especially since the influence of antiquity continues to this day. As an Ancient Studies student, you will use your historical knowledge to understand contemporary events and phenomena. You will deepen your knowledge of, among others, visual arts, literature and architecture, including such things as the pyramids, the Parthenon or the epics of Gilgamesh, Homer and Virgil. You will learn about various cultures and their close interrelationships and examine these topics from the perspective of different fields of study, such as archaeology, history and language and literature studies.

Is Ancient Studies right for you?

  • You are fascinated by antiquity and the cultural history of the world around the Mediterranean Sea.
  • You want to delve deeper into cultural exchange and confrontations between, for example, East and West, pagans and Christians, antiquity and the present day.
  • You would love to go on a study trip and come face to face with the world of antiquity.

Why study Ancient Studies at VU Amsterdam?

  • This degree programme is offered by the two Amsterdam universities. The University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam) have combined their expertise in the field of Ancient Studies and Archaeology within the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology: ACASA, which houses a strong team of lecturers and researchers and thus provides a stimulating environment for collaboration and study.
  • You will study in the city centre of Amsterdam, one of the most vibrant cultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world. It is home to museums such as the Allard Pierson Museum and the archaeological museum of the UvA, whose collections you will work with.
  • This degree programme is varied and colourful and has ample freedom of choice; you can tailor it to your own interests by choosing to specialise in Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Archaeology or Ancient History.
  • The programme is small in scale: the groups in which you are taught are generally small and close-knit, and you will have lots of personal contact with the lecturers. You will take a number of courses together with students from the other ACASA degree programmes.
  • The programme's scope and teaching language will help prepare you for the international academic and professional world.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

The Bachelor's programme Ancient Studies comprises three academic years. An academic year comprises 60 ECTS credits and consists of two semesters, each of which is made up of two eight-week blocks and one four-week block.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Requirements that apply:

  • A diploma equivalent to the Dutch pre-university VWO diploma See the Diploma Requirement List for examples of accepted diplomas per country. Please note: this list is meant to give you an indication of admissibility; no rights can be derived from it. Applicants who do not meet this criterion may be asked to sit (an) entry exam(s) to prove they are eligible for admission.
  • Proof of sufficient proficiency in English Although 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. You can find all accepted tests and scores on our Admission Requirements webpage.
  • 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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