You will explore how groups of people live as well as what choices they make and why. Your own senses will be your research tools as you observe people, interview them and even follow them for months. Your aim is to discover what is happening below the surface.
In the first year, you will become familiar with important themes in anthropology, such as culture, ethnicity, nationalism, power, religion and inequality. You will work on different techniques that you will use for the rest of your study programme, such as open interviewing, observing and ethnographic writing.
In the second year, you will explore current anthropological issues, such as economics, politics, development, diversity, religion and migration. You will also do two research projects on issues related to large cities and organisations. During the second semester, you will take the course Social Sciences for Society along with students from other disciplines. You will choose one of the three major themes from Social Sciences: globalisation, diversity or digitisation. In lectures and workgroups, you will work towards thinking about solutions for societal challenges of the world today.
The first semester is yours to design. You can complete a minor, do a work placement or study abroad. In the second semester, you will learn more about digital anthropology, work on practical research as part of a team and conduct your own ethnographic research, culminating in the writing of a Bachelor’s thesis.
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HBO propaedeutic year
You will be eligible for admission to this bachelor programme if you obtain an additional modular certificate at 6 VWO level in the following subject: Mathematics A or B or C* and English with a minimum grade of 7.
HBO completed programme
You will be eligible for admission to this bachelor programme if you obtain additional modular certificate at 6 VWO level in the following subjects: Mathematics A or B or C* and English with a minimum grade of 7**.
* Does not apply to the HBO study programme Toegepaste Wiskunde/Mathematical Engineering.
** Does not apply to an English-taught HBO study programme.
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 at 6 VWO level:
Meet the prerequisites?
You can obtain your certificates from various institutions.
Ready to apply?
Great! Start your application.
If you have obtained or will obtain a Dutch diploma, please check the criteria on our Dutch webpage. Applicants holding a diploma from another country must meet a number of requirements:
These examples of diplomas demonstrate sufficient proficiency in the required level of mathematics:
If your diploma is not considered to be at the right level and/or if your proficiency in mathematics is considered to be insufficient, your International Student Advisor will inform you about the possibilities how to meet the requirements with additional certificates. When advised to sit an entry exam, the following certificates are deemed equivalent to the required Dutch VWO Mathematics C level.
International Baccalaureate certificate in Math Studies, Math Standard Level or Math Higher Level.
Exams in the Netherlands
Boswell-Bèta (English). Boswell-Bèta in Utrecht (the Netherlands) provides a VWO Mathematics C exam in May, July and August.
Please check our step-by-step application guide for more information. International applicants will be asked to submit the following documents:
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION
3 years (fulltime)
1 April (students requiring visa and/or housing services) / 1 May (students who do not require visa and/or housing services)
BINDING STUDY ADVICE
A minimum of 42 credits
FIELD OF INTEREST
Behavioural and Social Sciences