History: History and International studies

Understand today’s world by studying the past

How have societies been connected throughout history?

The Bachelor's degree programme History: History and International Studies at VU Amsterdam is a unique programme combining approaches from history and the social sciences to understand how societies have been connected throughout history. The programme offers a combination of history courses, modern language units and research skills from the fields of global history and international relations. It is taught by a highly motivated staff, strongly committed to teaching excellence and the learning experience of their students.

Learning about the historical origins of global society

How has democracy become a global standard while other types of government are considered ‘deviations’? How did decolonization influence the relationship between Europe and Asia? What are the historical origins of global inequality and climate change? History and International Studies is an excellent choice for students interested in learning about the historical origins of our global society from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Great variety of courses

Courses discuss the history of Europe and the world from antiquity to the present. Students also choose electives, organized around different themes such as Politics & Economy; Migration & Ethnicity; Culture & Religion or Heritage & Memory. In addition, students can take courses in modern languages, learn about different approaches from the fields of international relations and global history, and are trained in academic skills. In Year 3, students can study a semester abroad, take an internship or choose a minor.

Detailed information on the programme is available in the online study guide.

Why History and International Studies at VU Amsterdam?

The small scale of the programme offers close interaction between students and staff, several of whom have won University Teaching Awards for outstanding performance and dedication to undergraduate education at the VU. The staff of History and International Studies cooperates with different public and private organizations as well as with the Rijksmuseum, Tropenmuseum, the Anne Frank Huis and many other research and heritage institutions. The University is located in Amsterdam, a city with international and historical allure. The internationally oriented VU campus offers easy access to the city and its historical sights, archives, NGOs and museums.

Impression of the Bachelor day

Video by Steve Melone

Dutch Students

A Bachelor's degree in History and International Studies provides a foundation for a Master's degree programme in History and Heritage Studies, or a career in education, research, at NGO’s and international organizations, museums, heritage foundations and media.

Information on Admission criteria and application procedure for international students.

VWO diploma
You can study History and International Studies at VU Amsterdam if you have a Dutch VWO diploma with the following profiles:

  • Natuur en Gezondheid
  • Natuur en Techniek
  • Economie en Maatschappij
  • Cultuur en Maatschappij

HBO propaedeutic year
You will be eligible for admission to this bachelor programme if you obtain additional modular certificate at 6 VWO level in the following subjects: English, History and German or French.

HBO completed programme
There are no additional requirements.

Aged 21 or over?
Dutch applicants who do not meet any of the above educational requirements and who are aged 21 or over, may be admitted by way of colloquium doctum. This requires obtaining the following modular certificates on 6 VWO level:

  • English
  • History
  • German or French

Meeting prerequisites?
You can obtain your certificates from various institutions.

Sounds interesting?
Great! Apply today.

Register for the Bachelor’s programme before the application deadline via Studielink.
In Studielink you select the Bachelor’s programme 'Geschiedenis’. If you have your Studielink set to English you can find the programme under ‘History’.
In VUnet you can select the English-taught Bachelor's programme specialization 'History and International Studies'.

For more details on all steps please consult our step-by-step application guide.
The final application deadline for Dutch and EU students is May 1st.

As a prospective student at VU Amsterdam you will take part in the VU Matching programme. VU Matching consists of two parts: you must fill out a digital questionnaire on VUnet and participate in a matching activity organized by the study programme. The matching activity aims to give you a realistic idea of the content of the study, so you can determine if it matches your expectations and whether you have chosen the right programme.

  • Dutch Nationals are expected to participate in the matching activity on campus. This activity will take place at June 4th 2019. Please consider this when planning your holiday(job). Keep an eye out for the invitation email for the matching activity which will be sent by the end of April 2019. For general information about matching check the website VU Matching.

  • International students are expected to participate in a digital matching activity once they are conditionally admitted. Invitations will be sent by the end of April 2019. For general information about matching check the website VU Matching.

If you have questions about the matching activity, please contact the matching coordinator of the Faculty of Humanities: matching.fgw@vu.nl.

Questions?
Want to know more about the study programme? Contact our coordinator Edwina Hagen.

General Questions?
• You can call us on +31 20 59 85 000 (on working days from 10.00 till 16.00 hours).
• Or email us at contact@vu.nl.
• You can also send us a text message via Whatsapp on +31 6 825 48 367.

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Open Day
Come join us at our Bachelor’s Day and see for yourself what it is like to study at VU Amsterdam! Register here.

Taster Day
Experience what it is like to be a History and International Studies student for a day. Register here.

Wade Hankin

Wade_Hankin_200x200px"I am very happy with my choice for History and International Studies at VU Amsterdam. I chose this programme because as someone who wants to get into international politics/relations, I saw the opportunity to learn about world history and the history of international relations as the best place to start that work."

"I chose Amsterdam because the combination of it being a very international city with a wide range of viewpoints to learn and understand, and the VU as an international, highly regarded institution, as a wonderful opportunity to get my feet wet in this vast area of learning."

This is what you will be doing

History: History and International Studies is a three-year BA programme. It starts with a broad-based first year that covers the history from Europe and the world from antiquity until the present, followed by a year in which students choose electives in different themes, and finishes with a minor or semester abroad and a thesis on a subject of one’s choice in Year 3.

Detailed information on the programme is available in the Study Guide.

In Year 1, students take courses on the history of antiquity, the medieval period, early modern history and modern and contemporary history. Throughout this first year European developments are studied in relationship with Middle Eastern, Asian, American, and African developments. Students are introduced to the field and approaches of global history and taught to reflect on the relationship between history and contemporary debates on issues such as democracy and authoritarianism, global inequality, or climate change. From Year 1, students are also trained in Academic English as well as in research and writing skills.

In Year 2, students can choose courses in modern languages. They also take courses on history and theory, international relations, global political economy, and on the methods of the historical and social sciences. Students learn to apply these methods to analyzing interactions between individuals, states, societies and international organizations. They are also offered a range of electives, organized around different themes such as Politics & Economy; Migration & Ethnicity; Culture & Religion or Heritage & Memory.


In Year 3, students can opt to take a semester abroad, complete an internship or choose a minor. The final semester includes courses on international relations in a historical perspective, an elective, and the writing of a thesis, which is supervised on an individual basis by our staff members.

In Year 1, students take courses on the history of antiquity, the medieval period, early modern history and modern and contemporary history. Throughout this first year European developments are studied in relationship with Middle Eastern, Asian, American, and African developments. Students are introduced to the field and approaches of global history and taught to reflect on the relationship between history and contemporary debates on issues such as democracy and authoritarianism, global inequality, or climate change. From Year 1, students are also trained in Academic English as well as in research and writing skills.

In Year 2, students can choose courses in modern languages. They also take courses on history and theory, international relations, global political economy, and on the methods of the historical and social sciences. Students learn to apply these methods to analyzing interactions between individuals, states, societies and international organizations. They are also offered a range of electives, organized around different themes such as Politics & Economy; Migration & Ethnicity; Culture & Religion or Heritage & Memory.


In Year 3, students can opt to take a semester abroad, complete an internship or choose a minor. The final semester includes courses on international relations in a historical perspective, an elective, and the writing of a thesis, which is supervised on an individual basis by our staff members.

Samenvatting History: History and International Studies

Taal

Engels

Duur

3 years (fulltime)

Collegegeld

Aanmelden Voor

May 1st

StartDatum

September 1st

Vorm

Voltijd

Bindend Studie Advies

You need to obtain 42 ECTS including academic skills.

Interessegebied

Kunst, Cultuur en Geschiedenis
Talen en Communicatie

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