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Ancient Studies

University of Amsterdam

36 months
9310 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
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Was Caesar the first populist? Can Harry Potter be regarded as a mythological hero? In the Ancient Studies programme of the University of Amsterdam, you will gain insight into the ancient origins of political systems and themes such as identity and migration, which remain relevant far beyond the time of the Persians, Athenians and Romans.


Antiquity in perspective

The Ancient Studies programme of the University of Amsterdam investigates the Classical cultures that lie at the roots of our modern world. You will be given an overview of the most important works of art, literature, philosophy, history and mythology of Antiquity, among which are such things as the pyramids, Greek tragedies, Cleopatra, the epics of Gilgamesh, and Hannibal’s conflict with Rome. As such, you will gain a critical perspective on cultural contact and conflict: between the ancient Greeks, Romans, Persians and Egyptians, but also between past and present. Can our present-day democracy draw any lessons from that of ancient Athens? As an Ancient Studies scholar, you will not only learn to conduct solid research into Ancient topics, but you will also use your historical knowledge to grasp contemporary issues and phenomena.

A combination of disciplines

Ancient Studies is a varied and many-faceted programme (from participating in excavations to deciphering manuscripts). History, archaeology and Classical languages converge within this programme. This innovative combination of disciplines gives you a unique overall perspective on Antiquity and its impact throughout the ages, as well as teaching you to reason from various types of sources and theories.

Furthermore, you will specialise in one of the following subjects: ancient history, Greek or Latin, archaeology, or Ancient Near Eastern Studies. As such, you will unite a broad, critical perspective with depth and expertise.

Is Ancient Studies right for you?

  • You are fascinated by history, mythology and Classical languages, but you are also interested in present-day, universal themes such as democracy, discrimination and gender relations;
  • You would like to delve deeper into cultural exchange and confrontations between, for example, East and West, pagans and Christians, and Antiquity and the present;
  • You would love to go on a study trip and apply your knowledge of Antiquity in a practical setting.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • A Cultural History of the Ancient World 1: The Near East and the Greek World
  • The Classical Canon l: The Heritage of Antiquity
  • A Cultural History of the Ancient World 2: The Hellenistic World, Italy and Rome
  • Cultural Contact: East and West
  • Historical Sources
  • Classics Beyond Antiquity

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

  • Students applying to one of our Bachelor’s programmes should hold a Dutch VWO diploma, a HBO propedeuse or a foreign diploma that is equivalent to one of these diplomas. If you have foreign credentials, mathematics and English should be included in your final examination or attended until the last year of your secondary education.
  • The starting level of a regular study programme at Dutch universities is comparable to that of other Western European countries, but it is generally higher than in most countries outside Western Europe.
  • If you are a non-native English speaker, you will need to demonstrate English language proficiency in order to be eligible for our English-taught Bachelor’s programmes.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    9310 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 9310 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 2168 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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