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.
For more information on the first year, see our study guide.
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.
For more information on the second year, see our study guide.
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.
For more information on the third year, see our study guide.
Do you have questions?
Do you have a question about admission?
Students with a Dutch degree:
Students with an international degree:
For questions about admission and entry requirements, please contact the International Student Advisor:
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VU Matching enables you to check whether you have chosen the right degree programme. The matching programme consists of two steps: a digital questionnaire on VUnet, which is part of the application process, and a matching activity (June). By taking part in the matching activity, you can check whether the programme is really the right one for you. For more information, please see the VU Matching website.
Please note: you will only be invited to the Matching activity if you have logged in to VUnet, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam’s information portal. It is also important that you fill in the digital matching questionnaire on VUnet before you join the matching activity! Doing so means you have completed the first step of VU Matching and are well prepared for the matching activity. The invitations for the activity will be issued from the end of April 2020.Online matching for international students
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Further details about VU Matching are available at VU Matching website. If you have specific questions about the Cultural Anthropology and Developmental Sociology matching day, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a look at: Application and registration regulation.
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.
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