• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
Do you have broad interests, enjoy discussions and debates, like to be challenged and feel at home in an international environment? Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers a Bachelor (Honours) degree programme in the Liberal Arts and Sciences, taught in English, and open to both Dutch and international students.
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The Liberal Arts and Sciences programme offered at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Amsterdam University College is also:

  • A full-time, selective three-year honours programme in liberal arts and sciences at the Bachelor level, taught in English, with a strong offering in the sciences and enrolling up to 50% science majors.
  • An engaging academic and social context, supported by small class sizes, a residential college setting and state-of-the-art facilities.
  • A centre of academic excellence with an international and intercultural focus, as well as outreach to the (local) community.
  • A joint initiative of the University of Amsterdam and VU Amsterdam, two major European research universities, located in the global city of Amsterdam.
  • A welcoming community encouraging diversity and excellence, by, among other initiatives, offering scholarships through the AUC Scholarship Fund.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Academic Writing Skills
  • Logic, Information, Argumentation
  • The Global Identity Experience
  • Advanced Research Writing
  • One Big Questions course
  • Two consecutive levels of a single language
  • Community Project or Internship

English Language Requirements

  • 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.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Academic excellence, both in terms of grades and motivation
  • High levels of proficiency in English and mathematics
  • Ambition to follow an intensive and broad liberal arts and sciences programme
  • Commitment to contribute to AUC’s international student body and campus life

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12110 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12110 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.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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