Liberal Arts and Sciences (AUC)

Analyse complex issues from different perspectives and academic fields or knowledge

Analyse complex issues

De Vrije Universiteit en de Universiteit van Amsterdam bieden samen het programma aan van Amsterdam University College (AUC). Een Engelstalige, brede opleiding waarin je je oefent in intelligent lezen, kritisch denken en effectief schrijven. Je verdiept je in verschillende vakgebieden en traint je in multi-inzetbare academische vaardigheden. De helft van onze studenten is afkomstig uit vijftig verschillende landen. Ongeveer tweederde van de docenten heeft een internationale achtergrond en ruim dertig procent van de AUC-studenten volgt een deel van de studie in het buitenland.

Amsterdam University College (AUC) offers a liberal arts and sciences programme, leading to a joint Bachelor’s (Honours) degree issued by the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam. AUC is based on the American liberal arts and sciences model, with students living and studying together on an international campus located at Amsterdam Science Park. The programme is taught entirely in English, is small-scale and selective, and admits a maximum of 300 students each year based on their academic performance and motivation.

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Liberal arts and sciences at AUC

Do you have broad interests, enjoy discussions and debates, like to be challenged and feel at home in an international environment? AUC offers a Bachelor (Honours) degree programme in the liberal arts and sciences, taught in English, and open to both Dutch and international students. As a student at AUC, you will learn to analyse complex issues from different perspectives by drawing on various academic fields of knowledge. Discussions start with the ‘big questions’ in science and society and lead to in-depth study in a wide range of academic disciplines.

AUC is:

  • Interdisciplinary: Students are encouraged to think beyond traditional disciplines to address contemporary problems and issues.
  • Personalised: Students work with their tutor to determine a tailor-made study plan that suits individual interests and academic goals.
  • Residential: On-campus housing in Amsterdam is guaranteed for all students for the duration of their studies at AUC.
  • International: Nearly 50% of the student community comes from abroad, the lingua franca is English and students are immersed in the ‘global village’ of Amsterdam.
  • Challenging: As an Honours programme, the curriculum is designed to be rigorous and prepare students for prestigious graduate schools and careers at internationally renowned companies.
  • Supportive: Between the tutoring team, peer supporters, resident assistants, well-being team, student life officer and accessible teaching staff, the tight-knit atmosphere at AUC offers a strong support network for students to thrive.

Interested in becoming an AUC student? Join us for a taster’s day

Do you have broad interests and do you enjoy discussion and debate? Do you enjoy challenges and do you feel at home in an international environment? Are you motivated and committed, and do you have a sharp mind and lots of energy? In that case we would like you to visit our taster day.

AUC graduates are well-prepared to continue their studies at the Master’s or PhD level at major universities in the Netherlands and abroad, or to pursue a career at renowned corporate or public organisations. AUC alumni have gone on to study at prestigious institutions and programmes all around the world, including the University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, Columbia University and, of course, our parent institutions the University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Upon graduating, other alumni have chosen to enter the work force at internationally known companies, research institutes and organisations. Graduates from the AUC programme are highly sought after as they combine a high level of academic knowledge with the ability to solve problems, contribute to debates and exhibit an awareness of the social, cultural and personal perspectives that equip them for success, leadership and global citizenship.

All students at AUC live in on-campus housing for the duration of their studies. Residential life is seen as an extension of the liberal arts and sciences philosophy in which students live and learn together. By living together, a sense a community is fostered, creating a dynamic academic and social environment for students to grow.

The affordable rooms are a mix of studios, shared and apartment style housing equipped with modern facilities interspersed with spacious courtyards. Situated on Amsterdam Science Park in the east of the city, the AUC Academic Building (where classes are held) is just a short walk away. Learn more about AUC's student residences.

AUC Student residences

How will you be spending your time?

The curriculum features three majors (Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities) and more than 20 concentrations and areas of specialisation. These are spread across six interdisciplinary themes that encourage you to develop your own unique study plan, combining courses from both in- and outside of your major to best prepare you for your future academic and/or career goals.

Students at AUC choose to major in the Sciences, Social Sciences or Humanities. Within each of these majors are a variety of “tracks” through which students specialise in more specific areas of knowledge known as concentrations. These concentrations make the programme cohesive, and ensure that students attain a certain level of expertise in a specific field to proceed to Master’s degree programmes or more advanced studies in an exact field.

These areas of study can also be combined to create unique programmes designed to address contemporary issues (for example, “health” and “biomedical sciences” to better understand public health policies, or “information” and “communication” to study the increasing effect of big data on society).

Learn more about the programme structure.

The three majors (Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities) are at the top of the chart in bold, followed by the various areas of specialisation (concentrations).

SciencesSocial SciencesHumanities
MathematicsHealthLiterature
PhysicsAnthropology  
Film
Earth & EnvironmentSociology
Philosophy
Chemistry
Economics
History
BiologyLawCulture
Biomedical SciencesPolitical ScienceArt
Health
International RelationsMedia
Information
Environmental Economics & Policy

Cognition


The curriculum features three majors (Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities) and more than 20 concentrations and areas of specialisation. These are spread across six interdisciplinary themes that encourage you to develop your own unique study plan, combining courses from both in- and outside of your major to best prepare you for your future academic and/or career goals.

Students at AUC choose to major in the Sciences, Social Sciences or Humanities. Within each of these majors are a variety of “tracks” through which students specialise in more specific areas of knowledge known as concentrations. These concentrations make the programme cohesive, and ensure that students attain a certain level of expertise in a specific field to proceed to Master’s degree programmes or more advanced studies in an exact field.

These areas of study can also be combined to create unique programmes designed to address contemporary issues (for example, “health” and “biomedical sciences” to better understand public health policies, or “information” and “communication” to study the increasing effect of big data on society).

Learn more about the programme structure.

The three majors (Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities) are at the top of the chart in bold, followed by the various areas of specialisation (concentrations).

SciencesSocial SciencesHumanities
MathematicsHealthLiterature
PhysicsAnthropology  
Film
Earth & EnvironmentSociology
Philosophy
Chemistry
Economics
History
BiologyLawCulture
Biomedical SciencesPolitical ScienceArt
Health
International RelationsMedia
Information
Environmental Economics & Policy

Cognition


Costs and fees

For the 2018-2019 academic year:

  • The statutory tuition fee (nationals of EU/EEA countries) for the AUC programme is €4,336 per year.
  • For students not eligible to pay the statutory tuition fee (non-EU/EEA nationals), the tuition fee is €11,927 per year.

Read more about tuition fees and additional programme costs.

ASF Scholarship Fund

AUC has its own scholarship fund, through which we work with our industry and civic partners with an aim to increase diversity and excellence in the student body. The Amsterdam University College Scholarship Fund (ASF) bestows ASF Scholarships.

ASF Scholarships are awarded annually on the basis of merit and need. Around 10-15% of AUC students receive full or partial scholarships from the AUC Scholarship Fund. Learn more about ASF scholarships.

Admissions

AUC admits a maximum of 300 students per year. Students from all around the world are encouraged to apply. In principle, all those who have completed a secondary school diploma that is considered equivalent to a Dutch VWO diploma can be considered for admission. However, please note that admissions are competitive and the following criteria play an important role:

  • 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

Applying

Find out more about how to apply.

If you have questions about the programme or you’re curious about visiting AUC for a tour and information session, please feel free to contact us.

Contact AUC

Visiting address
Science Park 113
1098 XG Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Postal address
Amsterdam University College
PO Box 94160
1090 GD Amsterdam
The Netherlands

AUC website

Samenvatting Liberal Arts and Sciences (AUC)

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

Engels

DURATION

3 years (fulltime)

APPLICATION DEADLINE

1 February (regular deadline) for entry in September

START DATE

1 September

STUDY TYPE

Voltijd

Admission Requirements


VWO Profile

CM/EM/NG/NT

FIELD OF INTEREST

Economie, Recht en Bestuur
Filosofie
Gedrag en Maatschappij
Gezondheid en Beweging
Informatica, Wiskunde en Bedrijf
Kunst, Cultuur en Geschiedenis
Natuurwetenschappen
Talen en Communicatie

Jonathan Krikeb

AUC-student, class of 2013

AUC's focus on diversity, both in people as well as in the program's curriculum, attracted me instantly. Meeting people from different backgrounds and getting exposed to history and foreign languages while majoring in science is a real privilege.